High-Level Simulation and Modeling Tools for Mixed-Signal Front-Ends of Wireless Systems

Piet Wambacq, Gerd Vandersteen, Petr Dobrovolny, Michael Goffioul, Wolfgang Eberle, Mustafa Badaroglu, S. Donnay

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Wireless applications such as WLAN, GSM, DECT, GPS,... require low-cost and low-power transceivers. Moreover, a high flexibility is required when wireless terminals will have to cope simultaneously with several standards. To achieve this, while maintaining high performance, the possibilities of analog and digital signal processing need to be combined in an optimal way during the realization of a transceiver. This is only possible when system designers can efficiently study tradeoffs between analog and digital. Making such tradeoffs is too complicated for pen-and-paper analysis. Instead, efficient simulation of mixed-signal architectures with detailed models for the different building blocks is required. This paper discusses high-level modeling and simulation approaches for mixed-signal telecom front-ends. Comparisons to commercial high-level simulations show an important reduction of the CPU times of typical high-level simulations of telecom transceivers such as bit-error-rate computations. This efficient simulation approach together with the accurate modeling tools, that include substrate noise coupling, form an interesting suite of tools for advanced architectural studies of mixed-signal telecom systems.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChapter in: Analog circuit design, structured mixed-mode design, multi-bit sigma delta converters, short range RF circuits
EditorsM. Steyaert, A. Van Roermund, J. Huijsing
PublisherKluwer Academic Publishers
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)978-1-4020-7216-1
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2002

Bibliographical note

M. Steyaert, A. van Roermund, J. Huijsing


  • high-level modeling
  • simulation
  • mixed-signal telecom front-ends
  • telecom systems


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