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Tool with object-oriented GUI eases RF design

Posted: 23 Jun 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:waveform creation software? RF development tool?

Keithley Instruments Inc. has released Version 2.0 of its SignalMeister waveform creation software. The company claims the upgraded RF development tool with a new "object-oriented" GUI is the only waveform creation software on the market that uses a click-and-drag objects-based approach, allowing RF engineers to create intuitively basic and complex waveforms using graphical objects.

This object-orientated GUI is optimized for multiple-input, multiple-output (MIMO) signals and allows users to visually create a significantly expanded range of test waveforms. SignalMeister 2.0 enables the creation of the entire range of signals in accordance with WiMAX and WLAN wireless connectivity standards and 3GPP and 3GPP2 cellular standards. It is well suited for the testing needs of manufacturers supplying mobile phones, wireless connectivity devices, RF chipsets, and components in both production and R&D environments.

Users download the waveforms they create to Keithley's Series 2900 RF vector signal generators, which feature a flexible, software-defined radio sarchitecture that provides extremely fast measurement speed and allows it to adapt quickly to the changing test requirements of the wireless communications market without expensive hardware upgrades.

SignalMeister enables users to test all aspects of WiMAX communications equipment from 400MHz to 4GHz, and to 6GHz if WLAN measurements are needed, with all available modulation methods. The software includes built-in libraries for many different signal types of mobile communications (W-CDMA, HSDPA, HSUPA, cdmaOne, cdma2000, 1xEV-DV) and wireless connectivity (802.11a/b/g/j/n WLAN with MIMO support and 802.16e-2005 mobile WiMAX with WiBro support).

SignalMeister is available at no charge and can be downloaded from Keithley's Web site. It is part of a solution offered with all Series 2900 RF vector signal generators. Software licenses start at $2,500.

- Gina Roos
eeProductCenter





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