Communications Infrastructure

Base station and network engineers use MATLAB and Simulink to:

  • Design and model end-to-end communications links
  • Design, simulate, and verify complex wireless systems against industry standards such as LTE
  • Efficiently model advanced channels such as MIMO and analyze the effects of impairments on network performance
  • Prototype designs on FPGAs

System Level Design and Analysis

MATLAB, Simulink, and related communications products help you quantify and visualize the performance of simulated systems and hardware prototypes. At each step of the design flow, you characterize and analyze:

  • Candidate designs in the early phases of a project before a final design is chosen
  • Communications systems performance using built-in functions such as CCDF, PAPR, ACPR, EVM, and MER
  • Detailed fixed-point designs
  • Processor-in-the-loop and hardware-in-the-loop prototypes

Efficient Modeling of Communications Standards and Channels

To simulate and verify the physical layer base station and wireless network designs, engineering teams need a comprehensive set of wireless and wired channel models. They use MATLAB and Simulink to develop these channel models for both desktop simulation and hardware prototyping so they can analyze the behavior of the communications system under various impairment scenarios.

In addition, complex standards such as LTE require communications engineers to simulate and validate their designs against standard compliant waveforms that are available in the MATLAB environment.

Rapid Hardware Prototyping Using FPGAs

MATLAB, Simulink, and related products enable rapid prototyping of communications systems through use of C and HDL code generation technology, enabling you to run your system simulation with embedded processors or FPGAs in-the-loop. MATLAB and Simulink products provide an integrated workflow in which you can use your original models and algorithms as golden references to verify code correctness and execution, whether you are targeting FPGAs or targeting ASICs (8:56) .