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The Siliconsouthwest network for microelectronics has opened a test lab to help start-ups in the south west develop and evaluate their wireless hardware and network equipment designs.

The lab, housed in the Innovation Centre in Bath, is available to members of the centre, helping them to avoid the need for high-capital outlay early in the design cycle.

Virtual membership of the centre is available at low cost to enable any company to access the test services.

The lab provides RF and networks testing.

The RF section is aimed at wireless digital and analogue performance test on protocols such as Wi-Fi, GSM, Bluetooth and RFID, while the network test offers an extensive list of equipment for the emulation of both copper and optical networks on a 40G testbed.

This can be optimised to provide up to 1,000 ports, suitable for wide-area networks, with a typical test station consisting of Unix/Linux servers, routers and switches.

The test-bed facility can be configured to offer comprehensive testing and development of a range of functions, such as differing service levels, multiplexing, virtual LAN, inter domain, protocols and custom billing services.

The equipment can be configured to individual company requirements and additional specialist equipment can be included through Siliconsouthwest’s partner companies, such as Microlease, Agilent Technologies and Rohde and Schwarz.

The centre will open to customers on 16 April.

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