AWR Application Note Describes Benefits of Integrating “Hardware in the Loop” for Communications System Design
11, 2010 - The Topic: 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.
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.