SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Spirent Communications announced that it is working with Drexel University’s Wireless Systems Laboratory to expand the school’s advanced wireless antenna technology research capabilities. Drexel will use the Spirent SR5500 Wireless Channel Emulator for research into Over-the-Air Multiple-in Multiple-Out (OTA MIMO) technologies, reconfigurable antennas and other forward-looking topics.

Drexel will make use of the Spirent SR5500’s unique features, including its ability to completely and accurately model dynamic wireless channel conditions for highly-realistic MIMO performance testing. The SR5500 is Spirent’s fifth-generation wireless channel emulator and can replicate complex MIMO system configurations.

“We initially reached out to Spirent on the recommendation of one of our industry partners,” said Dr. Kapil R. Dandekar, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at Drexel University and the lab’s director. “We were pleasantly surprised to learn that the SR5500 already has the capabilities we need to address some of the more complex research topics.”

“We’re thrilled to be working with Drexel University,” noted Rob VanBrunt, vice president, Spirent. “Drexel’s wireless systems lab is highly respected both for the quality of its people and the significant innovation it brings to our industry. This relationship will form an excellent complement to Spirent’s own well-established leadership in MIMO and over-the-air test methodologies.”

The main objective of the Drexel Wireless Systems Laboratory is to bridge the gap between existing research in communications and electrophysics. DWSL seeks to:

* Demonstrate the feasibility of next-generation wireless systems through the design, construction, testing and characterization of prototype wireless hardware

* Design and develop new techniques for wireless communication using not only novel radio frequency techniques (MIMO, UWB, etc.), but also “non-traditional” communication modalities (ultrasound, optical, etc.)

* Build a forum for the transfer of interdisciplinary knowledge between academia and industry.

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