Design, analyze, and visualize antenna elements and antenna arrays
Antenna Toolbox™ provides functions and apps for the design, analysis, and visualization of antenna elements and arrays. You can design standalone antennas and build arrays of antennas using either predefined elements with parameterized geometry or arbitrary planar elements.
Antenna Toolbox uses the method of moments (MoM) to compute port properties such as impedance, surface properties such as current and charge distribution, and field properties such as the near-field and far-field radiation pattern. You can visualize antenna geometry and analysis results in 2D and 3D.
You can integrate antennas and arrays into wireless systems and use impedance analysis to design matching networks. Antenna Toolbox provides radiation patterns for simulating beam forming and beam steering algorithms. Gerber files can be generated from your design for manufacturing printed circuit board (PCB) antennas. You can install the antennas on large platforms such as cars or airplanes and analyze the effects of the structure on antenna performance. A site viewer enables you to visualize antenna coverage on a 3D terrain map using a variety of propagation models.
Starting from a catalog of parameterized elements or the Antenna Designer app, rapidly compute and visualize impedance and far-field radiation patterns.
Design and visualize antennas using a catalog of parameterized elements including different types of dipole, monopole, patch, spiral, fractal, and horn antennas, among others. Add backing structures such as reflectors or cavities and specify dielectric substrates.
Antenna Designer App
Rapidly choose and design an antenna that fulfills your specifications. Refine, analyze, and visualize the antenna’s performance in a few steps, and iterate until the results match your requirements.
Design linear, rectangular, circular, and conformal antenna arrays. Take into account mutual coupling and edge effects using S-parameters and embedded element radiation patterns.
Design antenna arrays by choosing antennas from the catalog or defining custom elements. Use multiple instances of the same antenna element or define a heterogenous array.
Determine the correlation matrix between antennas in multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) systems, study the effect of closely spaced antennas on the radiation pattern of phased array systems, and evaluate electrical coupling via multiport S-parameters matrices.
Custom Geometry and Fabrication
Design arbitrary planar antennas or antenna arrays and generate Gerber files for rapid prototyping and fabrication.
Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Antennas
Design arbitrary planar (2D and 2.5D) antennas and arrays. Combine geometric shapes to define the boundary of the antenna, add multiple dielectric layers, insert vias to connect metal layers, and specify probe or inset feed points.
Gerber File Generation
Generate and visualize Gerber files for PCB antenna fabrication. Select the connectors and choose the manufacturing service to rapidly prototype your PCB antenna.
Platform-Installed Antennas and Large Structures
Import CAD files describing large structures such as planes, ships, or cars. Install antennas on a platform to analyze the effect on performance.
Approximate large arrays with an infinite number of elements. Analyze infinite arrays over a range of scan angles and calculate scan element patterns. Approximate large installation platforms and backing structures with an infinite ground plane.
Antenna Installation on Platforms
Install antennas and antenna arrays on platforms such as cars, airplanes, or ships. Analyze the effect of the large structure on the antenna performance using physical optics in conjunction with the method of moments.
Visualize coverage and communication links on a 3D terrain map using different propagation models.
Evaluate antenna sites for transmitters and receivers, plot communication links, and visualize coverage and signal strength. Use 3D interactive geographical maps to analyze different scenarios for radar and base station positioning.
RF Propagation Models
Compute coverage and communication link properties using propagation models for free space and weather effects. Account for earth diffraction and reflection using Longley-Rice or TIREM (Terrain Integrated Rough Earth Model ) propagation models.
Radiation Pattern Files
Import, export, and interactively visualize near- and far-field radiation patterns using 3D or polar plots.
Import and Visualize Custom Patterns
Import radiation patterns from MSI Planet antenna files (.MSI or .PLN). Visualize far-field and near-field data using 3D or polar plots. Interactively inspect the data and compute antenna metrics.
Analysis, Benchmarking, and Optimization
Analyze antennas with the full-wave 3D method of moments (MoM), optimize their performance, and compare results with measurements.
Method of Moments
Analyze antenna elements and arrays using the full-wave 3D MoM. Compute port properties such as impedance and S-parameters, current and charge distribution, and near- and far-field radiation patterns.
Use local and global optimization methods for multiple design variables to improve the performance of your antenna. Speed up the optimization by using parallel computing and machine learning techniques such as surrogate models.
Benchmarking and Verification
Use Antenna Toolbox to compare analysis results with antenna measurements or with state-of-the-art scientific articles.
System Integration and Simulation
Perform end-to-end simulation of wireless transceivers including antennas and arrays. Develop matching networks and estimate the effects of mutual coupling in system simulation.
Tuning and Matching Antennas
Tune the resonance frequency and bandwidth of your antenna by inserting lumped elements on its surface. Use the impedance and S-parameters of antennas and antenna arrays in the design of matching networks using RF Toolbox™.
MIMO System Simulation
Develop beam forming and beam steering algorithms using the complex radiation patterns of antenna elements embedded within an array. Estimate coupling between antenna elements, account for edge effects, and simulate channel performance while accounting for antenna correlation.
Installed Antenna Analysis
Perform analysis of antennas installed on electrically large platforms
STL Data Import and Export
Import platform objects from STL files and export antenna geometry to STL files
PCB Stack Improvements
Define printed antennas on polygonal board shape and generate Gerber files with multiple feeds for arrays of printed antennas
Subarrays for Conformal Arrays
Include linear, rectangular, and circular arrays as elements in conformal arrays
Conical helix, Crossed Dipole, H-Slot Patch, Sierpinski's Carpet, and Minkowski's Loop
Design, visualize, and analyze five new antennas using parameterized geometry
TIREM Propagation Model
Visualize path loss computed on a 3D terrain map using TIREM propagation model
Site Viewer Improvements
Launch, configure, and close Site Viewer windows from MATLAB command line, and Import 3-D terrain DTED data files