MATLAB for Wireless Communications

Wireless design starts with MATLAB

Wireless engineering teams use MATLAB® to reduce development time, eliminate design problems early, and streamline testing and verification.

  • Prove algorithm and system design concepts with simulation and over-the-air signals
  • Generate customizable waveforms to verify conformance to the latest 5G, LTE, and WLAN standards
  • Create models using digital, RF, and antenna elements to explore and optimize system behavior
  • Automatically generate HDL or C code for prototyping and implementation without hand-coding
  • Create reusable golden reference models for iterative verification of wireless designs, prototypes, and implementations
  • Automate analysis of large-scale field test data and visualize your simulation results

"MATLAB is a universal language that makes it easy to exchange algorithms and test results across our team. Our physical layer model in MATLAB and Simulink enabled us to better understand the LTE specifications, and Model-Based Design enabled us to verify that our FPGA implementation conformed to those specifications.”

Francisco Javier Campos, AT4 wireless

Using MATLAB for Wireless Design

Move Your Wireless Ideas to Production

See how MATLAB and Simulink make collaboration easy, so you can take your ideas to production fast.

Algorithms and IP Creation

Wireless researchers and engineers worldwide rely on MATLAB to explore and prove new technology concepts and create intellectual property. The apps and customizable code in MATLAB toolboxes help you quickly explore design alternatives, test with live data, and analyze simulation results and measurements.

You can use the MATLAB algorithms you create to build standard-compliant systems, model RF and antenna components, and automate hardware prototyping and implementation.

Get an overview of how you can use MATLAB and Simulink to design wireless systems (2:57).

Standards-Based System Design

MATLAB toolboxes provide comprehensive, well-documented support for 3GPP and 802.11 physical layer (PHY) standards, so you don’t need to maintain proprietary simulators or rely on black-box test environments.

Use toolboxes and apps to generate and analyze signals, measure link-level performance, and create golden reference models to verify standard conformance. Customize toolbox functions to accelerate your own implementations and explore the latest 5G, LTE, and WLAN technologies. 

Baseband, RF, and Antenna Design

Baseband, RF, and antenna engineers can use multidomain simulations to help them design next-generation wireless technologies such as massive MIMO arrays, hybrid beamforming architectures, and adaptive RF transceivers and radio front-ends.

Mix high-level and high-fidelity models to realistically simulate component interactions, quickly evaluate design tradeoffs, and analyze the performance impact of design choices. By testing with multidomain simulation, you’ll find errors sooner, spend less time debugging in the hardware lab, and respond faster to new requirements.

Hardware Prototyping and Implementation

System architects and hardware engineers can use and share the same Simulink models for each of their tasks. These hardware-accurate models can automatically generate readable, synthesizable HDL code for FPGA, SoC, and ASIC implementation. System architects can build prototypes with popular FPGA and software-defined radio kits and hardware engineers can reuse those models for production deployment.

HDL-optimized LTE IP blocks and verified reference applications help you improve LTE system performance and shorten development time.

Testing and Verification

MATLAB and Simulink help you automate testing to verify that your design functions before implementing it in hardware.

Use the validated models as a test bench for verifying hardware prototypes and production implementations. You can test designs using a range of SDR hardware and RF instruments; automatically generate SystemVerilog models for ASIC verification; and efficiently analyze large datasets from simulations, lab tests, and field trials.

Getting Started

Go from basic tasks to more advanced maneuvers by walking through interactive examples and tutorials.