AWR Application Note Describes Benefits of Integrating “Hardware in the Loop” for Communications System Design
February 11, 2010
When simulating a complete subsystem such as a wireless communication device or radar receiver, the quality of measurement data becomes essential to ensure that the finished product meets or exceeds the demands the system will encounter in service. The measurement data can be used to make changes to the system early in the design process, when those changes can be realized in the least amount of time and at the lowest cost. However, this can be accomplished only if there is a direct link between the system being simulated and the measurement equipment itself.
A new application note entitled "Hardware in the Loop," demonstrates how this can be accomplished using AWR's Visual System Simulator™ (VSS) end-to-end communications system design software coupled with TestWave™ software that brings microwave measurement equipment directly into the system simulation. Together VSS and TestWave software allow designers to optimize the design using actual measurement data to ensure the system will meet expectations when placed in service.
AWR software links to all of the industry's most popular test equipment from Rohde & Schwarz, Anritsu, Tektronix, National Instruments, and Agilent to give designers broad flexibility.
The white paper is available at http://web.awrcorp.com/Usa/Products/Visual-System-Simulator/