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5G represents the next milestone in mobile communications, targeting more traffic, increased capacity, and reduced latency and energy consumption through various technologies such as massive multiple-in and multiple-out (MIMO) and beam-forming antenna arrays, mm-Wave spectrum use, and carrier aggregation. NI AWR software helps engineers develop the technologies that will make these advances possible. 

What's New

  • Phased-Array Generator Wizard allows designers to quickly configure planar phased array or MIMO array systems, interactively modify the designs to achieve the desired behavior and then generate system diagrams and/or circuit schematics and EM structures for further, more rigorous analysis. The tool supports interactive specification of the layout, feed network settings, element antenna and RF link settings, gain tapers, and element failures.
  • Spatial Channel Models provides highly-accurate modeling of channel-specific propagation effects used in WINNER II and 3GPP spatial channel model (SCM) specifications. This capability supports more realistic link-budget analysis for rapid validation of end-to-end system performance and specification of individual component requirements.
  • LTE and NR (5G) Test Benches enhancements add the ability of configuring LTE and NR sources using the standard Modulation and Coding Schemes (MCS)


Conceptualize / Explore / Realize

  • Visual System Simulator™ and LabVIEW - Providing a design-to-test 5G solution that enables system and component designers to explore tradeoffs between digital signaling methods, error-correction coding, multiple-access, spread-spectrum techniques, and bandwidth-efficient signaling. 
  • NI AWR Design Environment - Offers system, circuit and electromagnetic technologies to enable designers to model, simulate, and optimize the RF front end modules, MMICs, and RFICs that drive the massive MIMO and beam-steering antenna arrays in next-generation communication systems.
  • NI Instruments - Provides test solutions such as Vector Signal Transceiver (VST), PXI, and LabVIEW to efficiently address all phases of next-generation wireless product development, reducing costs while maintaining industry-leading performance. 

Circuit / System / EM Simulation Products

  • Visual System Simulator (VSS) - System and circuit-envelope analysis

    • RF and baseband behavioral models
    • LTE downlink (DL) and uplink (UL) signal sources
    • MIMO technology and Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) specifications
    • Seamless integration with Microwave Office and Analog Office design suites, enabling APLAC harmonic balance, EM, and linear co-simulation
    • RFB™ for cascaded RF measurements
    • RFI™ for identification of intermodulation products
    • RF chain impairment analysis
    • TDNN™ memory effect behavioral modeling
    • Circuit envelope simulation
    • Turbo decoders, I/Q demodulator, and BER simulation
    • EVM, ACPR, and phase noise measurements
    • Impedance mismatch capability for monitoring VSWR and its impact on the system
    • Fixed-point library 
    • Test benches 
  • Microwave Office - RF and microwave circuit analysis
    • Design capture with industry-leading tuning
    • Linear and nonlinear frequency- and time-domain simulation
      • APLAC harmonic balance for large-scale and highly nonlinear designs
    • Synthesis, optimization, and yield analysis
    • Load pull - Generate contours from active device models or plot measured data for impedance matching
  • Analog Office - RFIC and analog designs
    • Design Capture - with industry-leading tuning
    • Linear, nonlinear and time-domain circuit simulation
      • APLAC harmonic balance for large-scale and highly nonlinear designs
      • HSPICE (and APLAC) - Simulation including transient/time-domain, AC and noise analysis extraction technology
    • Synthesis, optimization, and yield analysis
    • Layout, extraction and verification
  • AXIEM and Analyst - 3D planar and 3D finite element method (FEM) EM​​ analysis
  • EM Socket - 3rd Party EM Tools - Interoperability with ANSYS, CST, and Sonnet EM software products

Models and Libraries

  • 5G Waveforms - Emerging modulation schemes proposed for 5G communications
  • Phased-Array /MIMO Models - Enables simulation of phased arrays with very large number of elements
  • RF Behavioral Models - Comprehensive library of components found in RF front-ends
  • Digital Signal Processing (DSP) Components - Comprehensive library of base-band signal processing components and math functions
  • Microwave Office Element Catalog - Various models and vendor component libraries
  • Channel Models - Comprehensive library of over-the-air fading and propagation models
  • Custom algorithm Interoperability - Co-simulate with LabView and/or Matlab

Manufacturing and Test

  • VST - Features NI’s unique software-designed instrument technology to solve the most advanced RF design and test applications, from radar prototyping to 5G test
  • TestWave -  Integrates test and measurement (T&M) equipment with NI AWR Design Environment
  • LabVIEW - Co-simulates with VSS to enable 5G designers to verify complex RF systems, inclusive of DSP blocks

Supported Technologies

  • Systems - Circuit and system co-simulation of wireless communication metrics such as adjacent channel power ratio (ACPR), error vector magnitude (EVM), and related digital modulation analysis
  • Modules - Multi-technology packaging modeling and simulation solutions for MMIC/RFIC, chip/package/board interconnects and embedded passives
  • RFICComplete small-scale or large-scale RFIC RF front-end design with native or third-party schematic/layout entry, fully integrated EM extraction, and circuit analysis
  • MMIC - Design flows and process design kits (PDKs) for working with gallium arsenide/gallium nitride (GaAs/GaN) foundries
  • PCB - Single and multi-layer board modeling, simulation, and layout solutions 

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