The test and measurement equipment management company, Microlease, along with Keysight Technologies, the University of Portsmouth, the University of Southampton Science Park (USSP) and the Future Solent Green Growth Programme have invested £500K in two centres of excellence to support innovation and start-up companies in the Southampton and Portsmouth region.

The Wireless & Digital Development Hubs, housing state of the art wireless and digital test equipment, are located in dedicated lab spaces at the USSP's Science Centre and in the University of Portsmouth's Innovation Space. This project is supported by the Regional Growth Fund.

"The University of Portsmouth and the USSP along with the Future Solent Green Growth Programme are doing superb work to support early stage companies and innovation in the region," said Peter Collingwood, CEO, EMEA at Microlease. "The two new development hubs will provide first class facilities and training that would otherwise be unavailable to young companies and entrepreneurs developing advanced technologies. We are delighted to invest in this exciting project with all the partners."

The Development Hubs are being kitted out by Microlease with equipment from Keysight Technologies. Among the systems that will be made available are: Wireless Generation and Analysis tools including a 26GHz Spectrum Analyser with 160MHz real-time analysis bandwidth together with an 8GHz real time bandwidth Oscilloscope with 10bit ADC, and Battery Drain Analysis equipment. Together this equipment will offer testing potential for almost all modern wireless standards such as 4G, LTE and LTE-A and emerging 5G standards, WLAN and ZigBee, as well as modern digital standards such as PCIe, USB, HDMI and DDR.

To further support the Hubs, Microlease and Keysight will be offering a variety of seminars and workshops to encourage target applications such as the Internet of Things, Wireless Connected Devices, Automotive, Aerospace and, Green Energy. The first event to be held in May will cover RF Fundamentals.

The Wireless & Digital Test Hubs can be booked through Microlease by companies and individuals on a flexible and short-term basis.