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Explore the latest MATLAB and Simulink features for wireless design

5G and LTE Mobile Communications Standards

  • NEW 5G support in Wireless Waveform Generator App: Generate NR-TM, and uplink and downlink FRC waveforms using the Wireless Waveform Generator app

  • NEW Support for PRACH physical channels: Model physical random access channel (PRACH) used in initial system access

  • Support for SRS, DM-RS and PT-RS signals: Model 5G signals used for uplink channel sounding, channel estimation and phase tracking

  • NEW Deep learning data synthesis for 5G channel estimation: Generate deep learning training data for convolutional neural networks (CNN) used in 5G channel estimation

  • NB-IoT Uplink Shared Channel Modeling: Generate and decode the narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) uplink shared channel


WLAN and Connectivity Standards

  • NEW System-level simulation Examples: Model an 802.11ax downlink orthogonal frequency-division multiple access (OFDMA) scenario, multiple space-time streams, and 802.11a Minstrel rate adaptation

  • NEW Support for IEEE 802.11ax Draft 4.1 (Wi-Fi6): Generate high-efficiency single-user null data packets (NDPs) with preamble puncturing, as defined in IEEE® P802.11ax™ Draft 4.1

  • NEW  Link-level simulation of IEEE 802.11ax Trigger-Based Format: Configure, generate, demodulate and decode high-efficiency trigger-based (HE TB) waveforms

  • NEW Blind Signal Recovery and Analysis Example: blindly detect, decode and analyze multiple IEEE 802.11a and IEEE 802.11ax packets in a waveform

  • NEW Bluetooth Low Energy BR/EDR waveform generation and link-level simulation: Generate, demodulate, and decode Bluetooth® basic rate (BR)and extended data rate (EDR) PHY waveforms

  • Bluetooth Support in Wireless Waveform Generator App: Generate and export Bluetooth Low Energy waveforms from the Wireless Waveform Generator app

  • Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) Examples: Simulate BLE coexistence with WLAN, and perform BLE RF-PHY blocking, intermodulation, and carrier to interference (C/I) performance receiver tests

Massive MIMO, Multi-User MIMO, and Beamforming

  • NEW Multiuser Block Diagonalization Beamforming: Compute precoding and combining weights for multiuser MIMO systems

  • Massive MIMO: Simulate an end-to-end MIMO link using hybrid beamforming

  • NEW Transmit and Receive Signals with Unlimited Antennas: Apply WLAN transmission, multipath channel modeling and receiver operations with arbitrary number of antennas and links

  • Wireless LAN: 802.11ad waveform generation with beamforming

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Channel and Propagation Modeling

  • NEW Ray Tracing Propagation Model: New propagation model using ray tracing method of images with material reflection loss

  • NEW RF propagation using ray tracing: Predict the total received power and generate coverage maps with ray tracing

  • NEW Rain Attenuation Models:  Predict signal attenuation with Global Crane Rain Attenuation and ITU models

  • RF Propagation Visualization with Ray Tracing: Configure and visualize transmitter and receiver sites, buildings, links, ray tracing results, and coverage maps using free-space, terrain, and weather-effects propagation models

  • SINR Visualization: Visualize transmitter site signal-to-interference-plus-noise ratio (SINR) on a map

RF and Digital Front End

  • Power amplifier (PA) modeling: Model wideband and narrowband power amplifiers, capturing non-linearity and memory effects based on input/output device characteristics

  • S-parameter block: Model frequency response of RF devices using S-parameter data

  • Linearize power amplifiers with DPD: Simulate linearization of RF power amplifiers with memory using digital predistortion (DPD)

  • RF budget analyzer: Analytically compute gain, noise figure, and IP3 for cascaded RF components, and visualize using Smith and polar plots


Antenna Modeling

  • NEW Custom Antenna Patterns:  Import custom patterns expressed in phi-theta coordinates using Sensor Array Analyzer app

  • Antenna designer: Interactively select and analyze antennas with desired characteristics

  • PCB stack antenna: Design custom PCB antennas with arbitrary metal-dielectric layers and advanced meshing control

  • Gerber file generation: Prototype and implement antennas using a customizable library of RF connectors and PCB manufacturing services

Software-Defined Radio

  • Standard-compliant LTE and WLAN: Over-the-air waveform generation and capture

  • USRP E300 Series software-defined radio: Prototype and test wireless system designs on Ettus Research USRP E-300 SDRs

  • ADALM-PLUTO software-defined radio: Prototype and test wireless system designs on Analog Devices PlutoSDR  


Version 3.7, part of Release 2019b, includes the following enhancements:

  • Sensitivity Analysis Tool: Generate MATLAB code from the tool to automate scripting tasks

See the Release Notes for details.

Hardware Design and Verification

  • NEW Wireless HDL Toolbox: Model and simulate hardware implementations of 5G NR, LTE, and multi-standard algorithms and subsystems

  • HDL code generation: Generate and verify HDL efficient HDL code for prototyping and production implementation

  • Verification component generation: Generate SystemVerilog DPI and SystemC TLM verification models

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