Mathworks expands system design capabilities in MATLAB

by K C Krishnadas, TechOnline India - February 16, 2012

New Phased Array System Toolbox includes algorithms and tools for design, simulation, and analysis of phased array systems

MathWorks has expanded system design capabilities in MATLAB with the launch of Phased Array System Toolbox and engineers can use MATLAB with Phased Array System Toolbox to model, simulate, and analyze complex phased array systems to gain confidence in their system design in applications such as radar, acoustics and communications.

With capabilities provided as MATLAB functions and MATLAB System objects, Phased Array System Toolbox includes a  library of algorithms for waveform generation, beamforming, direction of arrival estimation, target detection, and space-time adaptive processing. The toolbox aids engineers model end-to-end phased array systems or use individual algorithms to process acquired data. It includes MATLAB code examples and demos that provide a starting point for implementing user-defined phased array systems.

“Engineers working on radar system design applications are expected to work on disparate tasks such as multidomain system modeling, algorithm development, and architecture exploration. MATLAB with Phased Array System Toolbox enables those engineers to build scalable, reusable system models and signal processing algorithms.  This reduces the time needed to model, simulate, and implement radar systems,” said Ken Karnofsky, senior strategist for signal processing applications, MathWorks. 

Phased Array System Toolbox lets radar and acoustics engineers build monostatic, bistatic, and multistatic architectures for a variety of array geometries, with the ability to model these architectures on stationary or moving platforms. Array analysis and visualization tools enable the evaluation of spatial, spectral, and temporal performance.

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