Modular software for development of baseband and vector signals

September 16, 2013 // By Graham Prophet
Agilent Technologies has introduced the M9099 Waveform Creator, a modular software application that supports analogue and digital modulation formats, for the Agilent M9381A PXIe Vector Signal Generator.

M9099 Waveform Creator is the latest addition to Agilent's growing lineup of modular PXI and AXIe products. It was specifically designed to support customers who need to create and manage the assembly of custom waveforms for developing and testing defense electronics, military radios, and next-generation wireless communication devices. Agilent's SystemVue software (a focused design automation environment for electronic system-level design) and its 89600 VSA software (a comprehensive set of tools for signal demodulation and vector signal analysis) work together in the M9099 Waveform Creator environment.

Designers must create complex signals to verify their design and measure how the device performs in real-world situations. The difficulty of creating testing environments for thorough evaluation is becoming exponentially more challenging for everything from proprietary radar systems to complex commercial multi-channel, multi-emitter communication systems.

Typically the assembly of such waveforms requires designers to aggregate multiple tools and waveform formats, leaving the user with the task of waveform timing alignment, resampling to different carrier frequencies and sample rates, and waveform validation.

Waveform Creator can create individual segments using available waveform plug-ins or user-created plug-ins. Assembling a signal is a matter of dragging and dropping waveform segments into tracks and modifying the segment attributes with user-definable parameters. Noise, IQ impairments and pre-corrections can be customised for the aggregated waveform as needed. Finally the signal is downloaded to the M9381A PXI VSG or a waveform file. During each step Waveform Creator automatically recalculates the final waveform and displays the result prior to download.

The M9099 Waveform Creator base configuration sells for $4,200. A free 30-day Waveform Creator trial licence is available for download at