MATLAB and Simulink for Wireless and Wired Communications Systems

MATLAB® and Simulink® product families help engineers design and simulate communications systems with greater speed and accuracy. Using detailed low-level models and higher-level behavioral abstractions, communications engineers can implement the desired level of model fidelity and run-time performance from within a single environment. MATLAB and Simulink streamline design flows by helping engineers to:

  • Design, simulate, and prototype complex wireless systems such as 5G and WLAN
  • Develop algorithms on a unified platform for wireless base station/devices and semiconductor chips combining signal processing, analog/mixed-signal, RF, and antennas
  • Design SerDes wired communication systems and generate IBIS-AMI models for high-speed digital interconnects

“MATLAB and Simulink provide a unified and efficient system development platform to bridge between analog and digital; software and hardware; and algorithm, implementation, and verification.”

Erni Zhu, Huawei

Using MATLAB for Communication System Development

Communications Infrastructure

Base station and network engineers use MATLAB and Simulink to:

  • Design and model end-to-end communications links
  • Design, simulate, and verify complex wireless systems using industry standards such as 5G and WLAN
  • Efficiently model advanced channels such as MIMO and analyze the effects of RF impairments on network performance
  • Prototype, design, and verify on FPGAs and ASICs

Mobile Devices (Smartphone, Tablets, Wireless Chips)

MATLAB and Simulink tools are widely used in mobile device designs such as smartphones or tablets. This includes system-level design and analysis, modeling of communications channels, simulation using standard-compliant waveforms such as LTE and rapid prototyping using FPGAs. In addition, mobile communications engineers use MATLAB and Simulink to:


Optical and Wireline Networks

Telecommunications and signal integrity engineers use MATLAB and Simulink to design, simulate, and model high-speed digital interface elements. Popular applications of MATLAB and Simulink tools include:

  • Designing SerDes algorithms such as CTLE and DDR
  • Modeling high-speed backplanes
  • Exploring architectural tradeoffs using system-level simulation
  • Creating HDL, IBIS-AMI, or SystemVerilog DPI models for implementation or validation