PETALING JAYA: UWC Bhd has won a contract to manufacture the world’s highest frequency 5G millimetre-wave test chamber for one of its major customers.
The 5G tester is geared towards the automotive industry, particularly for vehicle-to-vehicle connectivity, as well as for 5G smart devices such as smartphones and tablets.
The engineering support services provider told the stock exchange that the 5G tester would provide a measurement environment for characterising wireless and antenna system performance of devices at millimetre-wave frequencies.
“It will provide performance, functional and protocol testing of networks, ” UWC said in a statement yesterday.
While UWC did not name the customer, it said the customer’s “solutions optimise networks and bring electronic products to market faster and at a lower cost with offerings from design simulation to prototype validation, manufacturing test, optimisation in networks and cloud environments”.
“Customers span worldwide, from communications ecosystem, aerospace and defence, automotive, energy, semiconductor and general electronics end markets”.
Based on a quick check online, the profile description appears to match with Keysight Technologies Inc, a New York Stock Exchange-listed electronic measurement company with a US$4.2bil (RM17bil) revenue in 2020.In 2014, Keysight was spun off from Agilent Technologies.
It is noteworthy that UWC’s listing prospectus stated that Agilent contributed 26% of its total revenue in the financial year ended July 31,2018.
UWC said yesterday it has been a strategic partner to Customer B in supporting the manufacturing of its test equipment, which is en-route for mass production roll-out.
“All capital expenditure earmarked for this product will be financed internally by UWC. The group has been enhancing its manufacturing plant to increase efficiency in floor space utilisation to ensure that the group will have sufficient capacities to roll out more high valued projects, ” it added.
According to UWC executive director and group CEO Datuk Ng Chai Eng, (pic) the group takes years to develop a product with its clients, starting from the product development stage where UWC provides value-added engineering solutions that will translate into a smooth manufacturing process during mass production.
“This new milestone continues to affirm our partner’s confidence in UWC’s capabilities and marks our ability in keeping up with the trend in the development and manufacturing of new products for this fast paced technology sector, ” Ng said.