Siemens to acquire Sarokal Test Systems in 4G/5G push

February 07, 2018 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Siemens has entered into an agreement to acquire Oulu, Finland-based Sarokal Test Systems Oy, a provider of innovative test systems for fronthaul networks that are comprised of links between the centralized radio controllers and the radio heads (or masts) at the "edge" of a cellular network.

Sarokal products are used by chipset vendors, fronthaul equipment manufacturers, and telecom operators to develop, test and verify their 4G and 5G network devices from the early design stages through implementation and field-testing.

The transaction is expected to close during the first quarter of calendar 2018, subject to receipt of regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

"The planned acquisition of Sarokal reinforces our ongoing commitment to EDA and the IC industry," said Tony Hemmelgarn, president and CEO of Siemens PLM Software. "Building on our acquisition of Mentor Graphics, we continue to make strategic investments which leverage Mentor's existing strengths and enable Siemens to expand its offerings to the IC industry."

Sarokal's products are used to test transmission specifications across multiple domains. Its tester product family addresses the entire development and maintenance flow for cellular and wired transmission system testing and is especially designed to detect RF problems. With Sarokal's foresight into the requirements of 5G testing, their testing models were created from the beginning for both the virtual (digitalization) environment as well as the physical testing environment.

 

See also: Testing amplifiers for 5G with up to 2 GHz analysis bandwidth

See also: Partners launch 5G research platform with Port of Hamburg


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