TRADE NEWS: Keysight Technologies Announces Support for High-Volume Manufacturing of Femtocell Designs Based on Broadcom’s BCM617xx Chipsets with the EXF Wireless Test Set

SANTA ROSA, Calif. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — February 20, 2015 — Keysight Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: KEYS) today announced that its E6650A EXF wireless test set for femtocell now supports high-volume manufacturing test for designs using Broadcom Corporation’s BCM617xx Series small cell chipsets. The EXF one-box tester delivers the speed, performance and scalability today’s manufacturers need to quickly ramp up production and lower its cost-of-test.

Femtocells are small-cell base stations designed for indoor and outdoor use in residential and enterprise environments. Rapidly gaining momentum, they are often used by service providers to extend their coverage, increase capacity and improve quality-of-service in outlying areas. However, to make the use of femtocells financially viable for a consumer market, they must have a low per-unit cost. And, providers must be able to produce them in high volume with a low cost-of-test.

The EXF is specifically designed for high-volume manufacturing test floors, allowing customers to tailor their solution over time to address any particular test capability and capacity needs that arise. Because it is now validated with Broadcom’s BCM617xx Series chipsets, customers can speed their time to market when they use the EXF with associated reference drivers and automation software.

“Keysight’s EXF wireless test set support for Broadcom’s BCM617xx small-cell devices will enable faster time to market and lower total cost for femtocell manufacturers,” said Greg Fischer, Broadcom Senior Vice President and General Manager, Broadband Carrier Access. “As a result, carriers will be able to choose from low-power, high data rate small-cell solutions that meet consumer demand for a consistently high quality, high performance mobile experience.”

“The EXF platform combines our experience in providing test solutions for macro base stations and high-volume user devices to deliver a scalable solution that is dedicated to the needs of femtocell manufacturing,” said Satish Dhanasekaran, marketing manager at Keysight’s Microwave and Communications Division. “Support for Broadcom’s BCM617xx Series further ensures that we are giving customers the tools they need to cost-effectively manufacture femtocells in high volume.”

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About Keysight Technologies

Keysight Technologies (NYSE: KEYS) is a global electronic measurement technology and market leader helping to transform its customers’ measurement experience through innovations in wireless, modular, and software solutions. Keysight’s electronic measurement instruments, systems, software and services are used in the design, development, manufacture, installation, deployment and operation of electronic equipment. The business had revenues of $2.9 billion in fiscal year 2014. Information about Keysight is available at

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