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The MathWorks expands scope for wireless system development

Posted: 13 Sep 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:mathworks? rf blockset? rf toolbox? simulink?

The MathWorks recently launched two new products designed to expand the scope of model-based design for signal processing and communications applications. The RF Blockset and RF Toolbox enters the technical computing segment with a promise of enhancing the functionality of software platforms by providing users with a broad scope of features and benefits for RF system design, analysis, development and implementation.

The RF Blockset works within MathWorks' Simulink environment. It has a library of blocks to model the behavior of RF amplifiers, mixers, filters and transmission lines. Using the RF Blockset, system architects can apply model-based design to develop commercial and defense wireless communication systems and semiconductors faster and more efficient.

Moreover, engineers can validate a working model and then use that model as an executable specification to verify design and implementation. Hence, users can optimize an entire RF system, eliminating laborious programming and delivering substantial time and cost savings.

The RF Toolbox, on the other hand, extends the MathWorks' MATLAB technical computing environment. It provides users with a pre-built design and analysis function and graphical tool for analyzing and visualizing the behavior of RF components. Using the RF Toolbox allows users to access industry standard data files and work with network parameters in MATLAB to manipulate data and visualize results of analysis; thereby eliminating error-prone manual calculations.

The RF Blockset partners with RF Toolbox in manipulating network parameters. During simulation, blocks are modeled using a time-domain, complex-baseband representation for fast simulations and compatibility with other Simulink blocks. This combination enables the development of algorithms to mitigate the effect of RF impairments on system performance.

Both products are available for Windows, UNIX/Linux and Macintosh platforms.

- Rey Buan Jr.

Electronic Engineering Times-Asia

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