Munich, Germany and Mountain View, Calif.: Semiconductor design software and intellectual property (IP) specialists Synopsys and test and measurement company Rohde & Schwarz will collaborate on the design and verification of chipsets, handsets, and basestations that serve the next-generation Long-Term Evolution (LTE) and LTE-Advanced standards.
Synopsys will provide algorithm design and verification solutions, including standard-compliant reference libraries. Rohde & Schwarz is contributing its signal generation expertise and test and measurement solutions.
Synopsys’ LTE Library for its System Studio and SPW algorithm design products includes models of the transmitter and the physical channel as defined in the standard, as well as functional models of ideal receivers that can serve as references. The library provides an end-to-end simulation chain for both uplink and downlink transmission and reception.
Through the collaboration, Synopsys’ LTE library, including the upcoming LTE-Advanced enhancements, will be verified against Rohde & Schwarz’s test and measurement solutions, which are expected to assist algorithm designers needing to achieve standards compliance.
Starting with signal generators, Rohde & Schwarz test equipment will be able to automatically derive its configuration from the Synopsys simulation setup. Since typical configurations consist of more than 100 parameters, this integration significantly reduces the time it takes to achieve a correct setup. It also reduces the risk of configuration inconsistencies that often result in losing days of system integration time in the lab.
Standardised by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), LTE and LTE-Advanced are evolutionary advances of today’s mobile communications technologies such as GSM and WCDMA/HSPA. Their primary goal is to serve the growing demand for mobile broadband data by increasing peak and average data throughput, as well as by significantly reducing latency.
The validated Synopsys LTE library will become available with the 2011.06 release. It also will include the initial version of LTE-Advanced. Access is free to all Synopsys LTE library customers under maintenance. The LTE library works for both SPW and System Studio.
The automatic configuration of Rohde & Schwarz signal generators from Synopsys’ algorithm simulation tools, SPW and System Studio, will become available to select customers in June 2011, with general availability expected in October 2011.
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