Allows user to test protocol stack in isolation of any hardware
Anite, a provider of testing technology for the wireless industry, has launched its Mobile WiMAX host tester, a host testing application for mobile station stack developers and integrators.
For mobile handset and base station developers, Anite’s host tester (HT) allows the user to test the protocol stack in isolation of any hardware. This has benefits in two principal development phases, pre-application-specific integrated circuit fabrication and during SW regression testing, said Anite.
Anite claims that, using the HT, the user reduces the risk of multiple chipset development turns by correcting potential problems in the pre-silicon protocol development stage, providing developers with the ability to test before the final chipset hardware is completed. During regression phases, new SW updates can be tested in host mode to isolate whether problems have been introduced on the HW or SW.
In addition to development tests, HT also supports protocol conformance testing, a certification requirement of Mobile WiMAX as defined by the WiMAX Forum. HT supports data throughput testing and has loop-back functionality, according to Anite.
Vijay Harikumar, director of global sales and marketing at Anite, said: A tool like this will significantly improve a product’s maturity and time-to-market. For the development of WiMAX products, shortening the time to achieve product certification through effective testing is a critical success factor in the evolving WiMAX ecosystem.