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UL Opens New Silicon Valley EMC and Wireless Testing Lab

UL has recently opened its new Silicon Valley EMC (electromagnetic compatibility) and wireless testing laboratory located at UL’s California – Fremont facility.

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The facility aims to represent one of the largest EMC testing footprints in North America and as well address the growing demand for EMC and wireless testing and certification services and offers start-ups, scaling businesses and large corporations state-of-the-art technology and a comprehensive service solution, including certifications for global market access, all under one roof.

Ghislain Devouge, global vice president and general manager consumer technology at UL, said, “The expanded facility equips us to better support Silicon Valley companies and to fast-track their project fulfillment —allowing them ultimately to quickly grow and thrive.”

The multi-million-dollar expansion adds a 39,000-square-foot building to the existing campus.  The facility’s footprint now spans a total of 178,900 square feet, allowing UL to service a more diverse range of products for customers across the automotive, medical, industrial products, lighting, appliance, and IoT sectors. This new breadth of capability is in addition to the current consumer technology, information technology equipment and mobile and telecommunications segments that UL currently services.

UL will add more than 300 team members and offer significant testing capacity and capability, automated data collection, custom designed test chambers and immediate access to technical experts across a multitude of disciplines.

The addition of a 10-meter semi-anechoic chamber to the Fremont location provides convenience and capability for design engineers and product developers in the local area to work with UL as a partner throughout every step of the process of getting to market, from sending prototypes, to witnessing testing and getting real-time reports, and addressing compliance issues before production.

UL’s Fremont campus specializes in helping manufacturers prepare their product for testing and understanding and meeting the necessary regulatory requirements for EMC and wireless, radio performance, radio frequency (RF) exposure and safety, including 5G. UL plans to offer customers immediate access to technical experts across multiple EMC and wireless disciplines with in-depth industry knowledge, while also leveraging the latest equipment to optimize test processes across an increased scope.

“As a City, we’re pleased that UL has chosen to expand their Silicon Valley footprint in Fremont and further invest in our community’s skilled workforce and proximity to pioneering tech companies,” said Fremont Mayor Lily Mei. “UL’s expertise in helping quickly move innovations from ideas to the marketplace is a natural fit for Fremont’s economic environment, given its deeply rooted history in advanced manufacturing and entrepreneurship.”

This significant expansion with additional EMC, wireless and SAR capacity, complements the current campus in Fremont which already encompasses product safety, optical radiation/laser testing, wireless protocol, interoperability, quality, and a two-story house dubbed the “Living Lab” where manufacturers can test devices to  ensure they are interoperable and can communicate with other connected products in a centralized real-world environment.

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