Agilent Technologies released version 2009.08 of SystemVue. The latest release features an automated link that unlocks RF-DSP co-design and a fully custom, high-performance baseband signal processing design flow. Coupled with new IP reference libraries for DVB-S2, mmWave WPAN (IEEE 802.15.3c) and 3GPP LTE, the SystemVue 2009.08 release accelerates design of high-performance physical layer (PHY) signal processing in both aerospace/defense and commercial wireless applications. Agilent’s SystemVue 2009.08 is now available for download. Pricing for the SystemVue environment starts at approximately $15,000.
A key feature of SystemVue 2009.08 is a new simulation interface (RFlink) that more effectively models RF transceivers and air interface for baseband designers. Available in SystemVue’s optional W1719 RF System Design Kit, the RFlink bridges the gap between baseband signal processing and proven RF tools. Agilent’s automated RFlink conveniently embeds RF architectures into a baseband DSP environment, for a unified top-down team approach to system design. Using it, baseband designers can now re-use an RF system architect’s own IP to see the impact of additional RF effects (e.g., internal impedance mismatch, nonlinearities and reverse propagation) within their native DSP environment, verify the robustness of their algorithms, and reduce overall design margins.
Another feature of SystemVue 2009.08 is its ability to enable a complete, end-to-end (system level to hardware) model-based design flow. This flow is made possible by allowing user-defined modeling of high-performance PHYs at multiple levels of abstraction, including C++ and math language algorithms, bit-true fixed-point models and cycle-accurate VHDL generation.
Together with easy scripting and instrument links for verification, SystemVue 2009.08 is now capable of importing and encapsulating a company’s high-performance signal-processing IP flow, and verifying models at each level of abstraction — either at the communications system level or a lower hardware level. This integration makes SystemVue a cost-effective, open, vendor-neutral platform for demanding custom applications, such as radar, software-defined radio and homeland security.
Other new features of Agilent’s SystemVue 2009.08 release are algorithmic references for emerging physical layer standards. These references allow system architects and baseband designers to verify signal processing algorithms and hardware implementation long before test equipment or commercial PHYs are available and include:
- W1915 mmWave WPAN baseband verification library, in support of IEEE 802.15.3c
- W1914 DVB-S2 baseband verification library for satellite-based digital video broadcast systems, in support of the SatComm community’s needs
- Formal simulator support for 3GPP LTE closed-loop throughput measurements using HARQ, based on LTE version 8.6 (March 2009)
- Application support for GPS, Galileo, ZigBee and other formats