Mirabilis Design, a provider of System-level IP and Simulation Solutions for electronics and processors, has announced the release of the VisualSim Antenna System Designer.

This design environment can be configured utilising information in datasheets helping the engineer to evaluate the feasibility of a new antenna design, select the right antenna configuration for an application and compare antennas from different suppliers. The Antenna System Designer can be used for space, terrestrial, IoT, automotive, medical, radar and networking applications.

Using this design environment, the engineer does not need to know about antenna or electromagnetic theory, can complete the analysis within days, use information exclusively from the datasheet, is not dependent on an antenna expert and is able to work on multi-antenna scenarios.

“A number of communication system designers have approach us on simplifying the simulation of antenna systems”, said Deepak Shankar, Founder of Mirabilis Design. “Current design tools in the Antenna space require knowledge of Electromagnetics, Antenna Theory, Radio Frequency, Propagation, Transmission Line theory and Microwaves. This is beyond the scope of most antenna users. As antennas become ubiquitous, a platform to truly study their individual benefits at the application-level is critical to manage cost, quality, and efficiency.”

The VisualSim Antenna System Designer will be used by RF architects, communication designers, and system engineers to evaluate the antenna as an individual component or in the context of a complete communication system behaviour (protocol, physical baseband, analog, RF, antenna, and channel).

Antenna evaluation can be performed by varying the frequencies, distances between antennas, signal strength, path loss, RF gain, multi-antenna scenario, and channel types. Mirabilis Design has tested the system behaviour across many antenna datasheets and been able to verify the accuracy and the response to parameter changes.

Users of VisualSim Antenna Designer can systematically examine the effectiveness of different stages of the communication system by listening to the RF generator output, Tx antenna, Channel and Rx antenna output. The Antenna can be simulated in a full end-to-end communications system with no knowledge of the Antenna internal proprietary specifications or of Antenna theory.

Antenna developers can evaluate the feasibility of a proposal, validate the desired parameters based on the customer requirements and confirm the application of the antenna for operation in different conditions.

The technology enables users to emulate the accurate behaviour of the antenna without the involvement of the manufacturers. Each signal is defined by the gain, coordinates, polarization, carrier frequency, RF transmitted frequency and RF transmitted power. VisualSim Post Processor combines diverse simulation parameter settings, and the VisualSim Insight Engine provides the effect on any of the variables that define the signal.

VisualSim Antenna Designers is available now and works with VisualSim 2210. It works on Windows, MAC OS and Windows OS. The platform requires Java 18 to execute simulation. The library contains the RF Generator, Antenna, Channel and RF Receiver components.

There are several templates that cover most common antenna scenarios including multi-antenna to base hub.

VisualSim Post Processor and VisualSim Insight Engines are separately available products from Mirabilis Design.