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System design suite helps in SDR prototyping

Posted: 12 Dec 2014     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:National Instruments  system design suite  prototyping  5G  software defined radio 

National Instruments (NI) has released the LabVIEW Communications system design suite that combines software defined radio (SDR) hardware with a comprehensive software design flow to aid engineers prototype 5G systems.

Wireless prototyping was previously undertaken by separate design teams using disparate design tools. The LabVIEW Communications environment enables the entire design team to map an idea from algorithm to FPGA using a single high-level representation. This approach empowers designers to focus on innovation instead of implementation, which increases the rate and quality of their prototyping.

LabVIEW Communications

LabVIEW Communications is optimised for the SDR platform with a hardware-aware design environment that provides control of physical configuration, hardware constraints and system documentation in a functional software diagram. This adds the flexibility of the hardware to the software, which gives designers access to all components in the SDR platform. Using this deeply integrated solution helps designers achieve optimal performance by eliminating the need to manually map algorithms to different hardware architectures.

LabVIEW Communications

"LabVIEW Communications includes built-in application frameworks for WiFi and LTE that enable wireless prototypers to focus on innovating specific components of existing standards rather than designing a new algorithm from scratch," said James Kimery, director of RF and communications at NI. "For some of the academic and industry researchers in our lead user program, this approach has cut the time to a validated prototype in half."

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