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Variable Attenuator

Model variable attenuator

  • Library:
  • RF Blockset / Circuit Envelope / Elements

Description

The Variable Attenuator block attenuates the signal power by a given factor known as Insertion Loss in dB. Using the Variable Attenuator block, you can vary the attenuation of the input Simulink® signal during simulation. Commonly, the block matches the impedance of the RF circuit at the input and output ports. You can use attenuators to dampen the power of the incoming signal to protect RF circuits.

Parameters

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Lowest value of insertion loss or attenuation to apply to the signal, specified as a scalar in dB.

Highest value of insertion loss or attenuation to apply to the signal, specified as a scalar in dB.

Input impedance of the attenuator, specified as a scalar in ohms.

Output impedance of the attenuator, specified as a scalar in ohms.

Select this parameter to simulate thermal noise in the attenuator. You must select Simulate noise in the Configuration block.

This parameter inserts a current noise source with the single-sided power density of 4 kT/R A2/Hz, where:

  • T is the value of the Temperature parameter in the Configuration block. Units are in degrees Kelvin.

  • k is the Boltzmann constant.

Select this parameter to ground and hide the negative terminals. To expose the negative terminals, clear this parameter. By exposing these terminals, you can connect them to other parts of your model.

Introduced in R2016b

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