General Test Systems (GTS), a developer of over-the-air (OTA) measurement solutions, and Toyo Corporation (Toyo), a Japanese test and measurement company, have approved a plan to form a new company called AeroGT Labs Corporation (AeroGT) that will combine their skills to expand the reach of GTS’s OTA measurement solutions across the globe.
Market research firm Allied pegs the global OTA measurement market to be valued at USD2.2bn in 2022, growing to US$3.1bn by 2025 or a CAGR of 12%. A subsegment of the market focused on next-gen automobiles, particularly autonomous vehicles, is expected to exhibit even higher growth rates.
“Over the past decade, we have designed and manufactured preeminent OTA measurement solutions for a wide variety of vertical and industry segments,” stated Fred Yu, chief executive officer of General Test Systems. “While we have found immense success in our home country of the PRC, we continuously look to increase our business footprint elsewhere around the world. AeroGT unlocks the value of our solutions to global markets while strengthening the competitive positioning of our technologies.”
AeroGT will be located in Fremont, California, and will initially share office space with ToyoTech. It will have a particular focus on the intelligent connected vehicles, consumer electronics, and satellite and terrestrial instruments segments.
“Full-vehicle OTA testing has gotten off to a slow start in the PRC with many testing organizations waiting and watching from the sidelines. But that is all changing. Two leading research institutes made significant investments in test facilities to support OTA testing, including the Connected Vehicles (Beijing) Research Institute (CICV),” said Fang Dalong, senior manager of the Platform Division at CICV. “Our organization is constructing a large-scale test lab to be designated as an innovation center for connected cars; the center will emphasize automotive intelligence and networking. Technologies and solutions acquired from GTS provide the critical testing foundation and infrastructure for the lab.”
“The fundamental technology of AeroGT, including absorbers, antennas and electromagnetic theory with resulting algorithms, and its integration into OTA solutions, is unmatched in the industry,” added James Drewniak, Curator’s professor emeritus at Missouri University of Science and Technology. “Wireless applications for devices small to large, spanning 5G mobile devices, IoT, to increasingly intelligent connected automobiles will benefit from AeroGT’s solutions supporting manufacturers’ drive to accelerate time to market.”