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Communications Toolbox

Design and simulate the physical layer of communications systems

Communications Toolbox™ provides algorithms and apps for the analysis, design, end-to-end simulation, and verification of communications systems. Toolbox algorithms including channel coding, modulation, MIMO, and OFDM enable you to compose and simulate a physical layer model of your standard-based or custom-designed wireless communications system.

The toolbox provides a waveform generator app, constellation and eye diagrams, bit-error-rate, and other analysis tools and scopes for validating your designs. These tools enable you to generate and analyze signals, visualize channel characteristics, and obtain performance metrics such as error vector magnitude (EVM). The toolbox includes SISO and MIMO statistical and spatial channel models. Channel profile options include Rayleigh, Rician, and WINNER II models. It also includes RF impairments, including RF nonlinearity and carrier offset and compensation algorithms, including carrier and symbol timing synchronizers. These algorithms enable you to realistically model link-level specifications and compensate for the effects of channel degradations.

Using Communications Toolbox with RF instruments or hardware support packages, you can connect your transmitter and receiver models to radio devices and verify your designs with over-the-air testing.

Getting Started

Learn the basics of Communications Toolbox

PHY Subcomponents

Physical layer subcomponents including waveform generation, modulation, error control coding, filtering, synchronization, equalization, MIMO

RF Modeling

Behavioral RF radio modeling

Propagation Channel Models

AWGN, SISO and MIMO fading channels, WINNER II, and path loss models

Measurements, Visualization, and Analysis

Graphical and quantitative analysis

End-to-End Simulation

Integrate subcomponents for link-level BER

MAC Modeling

Data link layer, medium access control (MAC) sublayer, and logical link control sublayer functionality and examples

Standards-Compliant Systems

Functions and examples for developing Bluetooth®, 3G, MIL-STD-188, television, NFC, ZigBee®, FM, P.25, FRS/GMRS, WLAN, WMAN, ADS-B, AIS, AMR models

Code Generation and Deployment

Generate standalone applications for desktop computers and embedded targets

Simulation Acceleration Using GPUs

Turbo, LDPC, Viterbi, Convolutional Coding

Software Defined Radio (SDR)

You can process wireless radio signals using Communications Toolbox

Supported Hardware

You can use Communications Toolbox, downloadable hardware support packages, and your hardware to design and verify practical software defined radios (SDR) systems in MATLAB® and Simulink®.