SystemVue software release accelerates MIMO radar and wireless design

February 18, 2013 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Agilent Technologies has announced the latest release of SystemVue, its premier platform for designing communications and defense systems.

SystemVue 2013.01 provides new application support for system-level architects, digital signal-processing modelers, and test-and-measurement verifiers who are designing next-generation MIMO radar systems and wireless/4G infrastructure.

The latest release enables users to make critical decisions about RF and DSP architecture more effectively by bringing real-world modeling, standards-based validation and links to high-performance test equipment into the R&D environment. Doing so reduces design iterations and project risk for emerging wireless and defense technologies, while allowing faster deployment.

SystemVue’s W1905 radar model library now offers sophisticated signal-processing support for array-based radar technologies such as MIMO, phased-array and synthetic-aperture radars. With the latest release, radar architects can now evaluate array-based radar architectures using approximately 70 simulation reference blocks and 50 application examples. They can also use their own signal-processing algorithms in a variety of modeling formats, including C++, math, FPGA/HDL and SystemC.

SystemVue also allows radar architects to account for a variety of other system-level effects to render realistic virtual scenarios that include:

  1. Real-world RF models (using X-parameters*),
  2. Measured waveforms, to and from Agilent test equipment, including a free Waveform Sequence Composer utility that works with Agilent’s M8190A arbitrary waveform generator,
  3. Physical/inertial fading factors (such as Doppler shift, range delay and terrain-based clutter), from external modeling applications,
  4. Antenna directionality and spacing, interferers, jamming, targets, clutter, fading and other non-idealities.

To address the needs of the commercial wireless space, SystemVue 2013.01 enables system-level modeling of multistandard radio (MSR) performance under 3GPP Release-9 TS 37, and digital predistortion (DPD) for high-volume power amplifiers in 4G/LTE and wireless LAN 802.11ac applications.

With new MSR simulation templates and expanded 2G/3G standards support, the W1916 3G baseband library now allows SystemVue to validate backward compliance of 4G/LTE equipment alongside legacy GSM, EDGE, WCDMA, and interfering signals, both in-band and inter-band. Moreover, many of these same base station, femtocell, WLAN, and handset designs employ a less expensive predistortion technique that improves RF system performance, without adding significant battery drain or