Aeroflex boosts phone research at London university
It includes two of Aeroflex’s TM500 units that can each emulate 32 LTE phones for base station development, as well as three Digital Radio Test Sets for handset and terminal testing.
UCL has one of the UK’s top communications research labs, with which Aeroflex has worked before – supporting a postgraduate student who now works at the firm’s Stevenage facility – formerly known as Marconi Instruments.
It also contributes its staff to the University’s lecture programme, and offers placements to UCL students.
“Our relationship with Aeroflex, and the opportunities it provides for our students, helps to prepare them for their future careers as well as enhancing our academic reputation,” said Professor Izzat Darwazeh, head of UCL’s communications and information systems group. “Aeroflex’s generous donation will make a huge difference to the work of this department, and will accelerate our research into 3G and 4G wireless technologies, and beyond.”
The firm made a similar endowment, worth almost £1m, to Lancaster University’s school of computing and communications in 2011.
According to Dr Hayk Manukyan, head of university collaboration at Aeroflex, the firm is happy to put test equipment into research labs where it will improve the quality of graduates from which test gear development firms can pick future employees.
“The inauguration of this new laboratory affirms Aeroflex’s commitment to supporting academic research, and continues our programme of assisting
universities who are at the forefront of wireless technology in order to nurture the talented engineers that the industry needs to be competitive in the future,” he said. “We are very pleased to support UCL in this way, and look forward to a long and mutually beneficial partnership.”
UCL Director of research planning Dr Andrew Clark pointed out that although universities are in a privileged position, with Government research funding holding up well, Government funding for capital equipment has dropped, while research universities always need the latest-generation test gear to develop next-generation technology.