NI AWR Design Environment
AWR Connected™ – National Instruments (NI) seamlessly integrates high-frequency design software from AWR with NI's Multisim/Ultiboard software as well as NI's renowned LabVIEW™ software and modular hardware products to provide a powerful and complete software-to-software and/or software-to-hardware design environment for a wide-range of applications.
Designers have long used LabVIEW as a programming language to automate instrumentation. AWR and National Instruments have begun to blur the lines between the software solutions. The AWR Design Environment™ provides a convenient plug-n-play interface to LabVIEW, adding support for a broad range of signal processing and software-defined, virtual instrumentation control of NI test and measurement (T&M) equipment for RF device testing into its product portfolio.
AWR's software can call LabVIEW directly via a virtual instrument (VI) server interface, such that the LabVIEW environment can be accessed for further domain-specific analyses with AWR's Microwave Office® circuit design and Visual System Simulator™ (VSS) system design software. In this way, the correlation of both simulated and actual measurements can be acquired in the LabVIEW environment and within the AWR software environment as well. Consequently, a simulatable model of the device under test (DUT) is achieved with an AWR/LabVIEW heterogeneous environment, providing designers with the ability to build, test and validate design cases earlier in the product design cycle.
AWR Connected for National Instruments delivers a hardware-in-the-loop design flow that can consist of Microwave Office software for circuit simulation, LabVIEW for the signal processing and virtual control of hardware, like NI's PXI instrumentation, as well as VSS for the system-level simulation of the DUT.
AWR's VSS software can call LabVIEW directly via a virtual instrument (VI) server interface, such that LabVIEW can be accessed inside of VSS for further, additional and/or specific signal processing. In this way, the design is controlled at the macro-level by VSS with LabVIEW providing additional on-demand signal generation and signal processing capabilities embedded from within the VSS software environment.
AWR's Microwave Ofﬁce design environment, well suited for higher-frequency designs, combines with National Instrument’s Multisim circuit simulation software and Ultiboard layout software to bring low-frequency circuit functionalities and PCB-centric layout and manufacturing capabilities into the hands of designers looking for a comprehensive 'DC through to microwave/RF' design flow.