RF simulation and synthesis software analyses modulated RF

May 27, 2014 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
The latest release of Agilent's RF simulation and synthesis software Genesys enables the analysis of digitally modulated RF. In addition, the 2014 version of the software features enhancements of its custom-filter direct synthesis technology.

Using Genesys 2014, RF circuit and system designers can now simulate digitally modulated RF signals like those found in today's defense and consumer wireless applications. Unlike other simulators that provide only single-value results for EVM, BER or ACPR, Genesys 2014 delivers system analysis of these digital modulation metrics for every component in the system block diagram, all in a single pass. This provides RF designers the ability to immediately identify culprit components causing digital performance failures.

Powering Genesys 2014’s digital modulation analysis is a new, embedded numeric dataflow simulator that also enables verification against the latest wireless standards for WLAN 802.11ac and LTE-3GPP. RF designers no longer need struggle with setting unfamiliar and complex dataflow parameters to verify their circuits or systems against wireless standards.

According to Agilent, the tool is mimicking what RF designers already do on the bench with vector sources and analysers which makes it particularly easy to use.

Genesys 2014 revamps its direct-synthesis technology for seamless workspace integration to allow multiple custom filters to be interactively designed together. Doing so enables the exacting design of diplexers, multiplexers and notched filters. Powerful equivalent network transforms can then be used, allowing designers to realize their designs in lumped and/or distributed printed circuit boards.

Further upgrades to Genesys 2014 include a new Momentum planar electromagnetic simulator and 3D layout viewer, an improved phase noise simulation algorithm, and Matlab script compatibility.