As Intel accelerates its efforts in mobile and wireless communications, the company has just received industry accreditation for a state-of-the-art wireless certification lab. This lab, located on Intel’s campus outside of Portland Oregon, is a multi-million dollar facility where Intel tests the conformance of its wireless products so they’re ready to run on wireless networks around the world. The ability to self-certify will help Intel get its wireless solutions to market faster.
I know…you thought Intel was a computing company. We are! But, things that compute also connect, and it may surprise you to know that Intel (which acquired Infineon Wireless in 2011) has shipped two billion wireless transceivers and has provided the communication systems for more than one billion mobile phones.
Intel engineers in the wireless certification lab rigorously test these products, making sure they operate smoothly across different frequencies, network types and configurations. Occupying roughly 5,000 square feet, the lab is equipped to test and certify solutions on 2G, 3G and 4G/LTE networks. The lab also features commercial-grade 4G/LTE and 3G radio access networks running real-world user scenarios – meaning, we load these test networks with other data-hungry devices to make sure our solutions perform even in high traffic scenarios. Multiple layers of shielded chambers within the lab let engineers isolate radio frequencies to eliminate interference during certification testing.
Intel’s Wireless Certification Lab recently received its ISO 17025 accreditation, the main industry standard qualifying the lab’s testing capabilities and has been granted C-RTO (Conformance – Recognized Test Organization) status by the Global Certification Forum (GCF).
“Our goal is to deliver mobile platform and wireless technologies that delight and amaze our customers,” said Asha Keddy, general manager of standards and advanced technology in Intel’s Mobile and Communications Group. “With this lab, we can self-certify our wireless solutions, speed our time to market, improve product quality and inform ongoing development.”
Intel has a global network of labs around the world. This recently certified wireless lab outside Portland is our newest and it’s a key asset as the company accelerates efforts in mobile.