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DURHAM, N.H. -- The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory is expanding its wireless device testing capabilities to include a wider range of technologies such as Bluetooth, Zigbee and WiMAX (802.16 Wireless Metropolitan Area Networks), in part through the donation of new high-end wireless testing equipment from market leading T&M equipment manufacturer Rohde & Schwarz.

Rohde & Schwarz has donated two instruments to the UNH-IOL valued at nearly $170,000: a R&S FSQ26 Signal Analyzer and a R&S SMU200A Vector Signal Generator. The donated equipment expands the laboratory's large arsenal of wireless testing gear, which already includes the Rohde & Schwarz Protocol Tester R&S PTW70 being used to test wireless local area networks (WLANs) as well as a full range of test devices from leading wireless testing companies.

"The UNH-IOL is offering a strong wireless testing program that will speed time to market and improve product conformance and very likely throughput as well," said Joerg Fries, head of product management spectrum analyzers for Rohde & Schwarz. "We are delighted to be associated with the UNH-IOL, which has 16 years of experience and an international reputation to recommend it."

While the lab currently tests 802.11b and .11g up to ~3 GHz, the new equipment expands that range to include 802.11a and 802.11j, which are in the 4.9 GHz - 5 GHz range and opens the door for testing a myriad of other wireless technologies, such as those in the 802.15 standard, including Bluetooth and Zigbee. The signal generator also allows the laboratory to develop a set of wireless receiver tests to supplement current physical layer transmitter testing.

"This generous donation allows us to put very high-quality hardware at our member companies," said Gerard Goubert, UNH-IOL Wireless, and VoX Consortium Manager. "They'll skip the cost of training and maintenance and they'll get engineers who can validate the results against prior equipment and debug problems with an intimate knowledge of the software. "We will also be able to compare various vendors’ measurements taken on their in-house equipment against measurements taken with the new Rohde & Schwarz gear."

University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (IOL)

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