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Test and Measurement: Semiconductor test market driven by wireless testers

Semiconductor test market expected to reach more than $20 billion by 2021

According to a new report from TechNavio, the semiconductor test space is expected to grow at a compound annual rate of almost 6% over the next few years, and reach $20.46 billion by 2021. Nearly half of the market for semiconductor test systems is made up of wireless testers, TechNavio said.

“Wireless testers are the most widely adopted product of the market, having occupied more than 48% of the overall shares in 2016,” said Sunil Kumar Singh, lead analyst for semiconductor equipment research at TechNavio, in a statement. “Wireless testers, or [radio frequency] testers, are increasingly gaining importance because of the growing prominence of wireless devices such as printers, TVs, and home appliances.”

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In related news this week, semiconductor test company Advantest extended the range of its Wave Scale MX series with a new mixed-signal channel cardwith support for wider signal ranges and higher output levels from audio components. The company said that the channel card will support testing of consumer audio and internet of things devices. Advantest also recently reached the milestone of shipping its 5,000th V93000 test system for testing mixed-signal integrated circuits.

In other test news:

Rohde & Schwarz focused on automotive testing this week, highlighting its offerings at the Automotive Testing Expo in Stuttgart, Germany. The company recently added new automotive-specific protocol (CAN bus and SENT bus) support to its portable R&S Scope Rider oscilloscope.

Cubic Transportation Systems will be discussing its connected transportation test bed, a collaboration with the University of Melbourne in Australia, at the upcoming ITS Asia Pacific Forum. The National Connected Multimodal Transport Test Bed will cover about 4.5-square kilometers of Melbourne, and Cubic calls it “the world’s first live urban laboratory capable of large-scale testing and implementation of emerging connected transport technologies in a complex urban environment.”

T-Mobile US and Verizon have been trading number-one slots in recent published benchmarking reports by RootMetrics and PCMag. Read more in the full story. 

Anritsu and ETS-Lindgren have teamed up to offer a new over-the-air test solution for 802.11ac/n/a/g/b that relies on Anritsu’s Wireless Connectivity Test Set MT8862A and ETS-Lindgren’s EMQuest EMQ-100 antenna measurement software. Anritsu said that the joint offering is “the  first solution for testing 802.11 in ac/n/a/g/b devices in full signaling mode with built-in communications protocols,” and that the solution needs no device control and can capture real-time protocol measurements as well as end-to-end data throughput tests.

GL Communications said that its MAPS GPRS interface emulator now supports emulation of the GB interface between the Base Station Subsystem and the Serving GPRS Support Node or SGSN, over IP transmission protocol. GL plans to add support for emulation over frame relay transmission protocol in the future.


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Kelly Hill
Kelly Hill
Kelly reports on network test and measurement, as well as the use of big data and analytics. She first covered the wireless industry for RCR Wireless News in 2005, focusing on carriers and mobile virtual network operators, then took a few years’ hiatus and returned to RCR Wireless News to write about heterogeneous networks and network infrastructure. Kelly is an Ohio native with a masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley, where she focused on science writing and multimedia. She has written for the San Francisco Chronicle, The Oregonian and The Canton Repository. Follow her on Twitter: @khillrcr

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