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SystemVue ESL Design SoftwareThe W1915 mmWave WPAN Baseband Verification Library provides configurable IP reference transit sources for 802.11ad and 802.15.3c wireless communications physical layers operating at 60 GHz (also known as “millimeter-wave WPAN”), so that designers can verify baseband receiver algorithms, system architectures, and RF components. These schematics also interoperate with relevant Keysight test equipment, which ties simulation and hardware testing into a consistent, model-based design flow.

The 802.11ad personality of the W1915 library is interoperable and consistent with the Keysight 81199A Wideband Waveform Center software, which is a standalone test application. While the W1915 is intended primarily for simulation-based validation of 60 GHz standards, it is also capable of interacting with test equipment, through SystemVue’s instrument connectivity.

New for SystemVue 2013.08 SP1

  • Now supports IEEE 802.11ad-2012 version and MCS formats 28 ~ 31 for LPSC
  • Supports W1711 SystemVue Engine and W1712 Distributed Computing in both Windows and Linux
  • New measurements (besides BER):
    • IQ Amplitude Imbalance (in dB)
    • LO Quadrature Error
    • I & Q DC Offset (in dB)
    • Frequency error in the received symbol clock (in ppm)
    • EVM vs. time (for specified symbol or frame)
    • EVM vs. frequency (for specified frame)


  • Simulates system-level 802.11ad EVM and BER
    • can include RF impairments, phase noise, fading, and interferers
    • provides an economical alternative to challenging 60 GHz measurements in early R&D, saving valuable design time, lowering project risk, and possibly reducing equipment costs
  • Provides a golden IP reference for C++, .m, and HDL Baseband Algorithm developers
  • Download waveform scenarios to wideband AWGs, such as Keysight M8190A
  • Verifies RF Transceiver performance with realistic 60GHz waveforms and scenarios, within SystemVue, or co-simulated with Keysight ADS or GoldenGate

W1915 802.11ad Formats

Figure 1. The reference source and receiver models support coding and modulation consistent with the IEEE 802.11ad-2012 physical layer specification, also adopted by WGA PHY release 1.1.


W1915 802.11ad BER

Figure 2. A simple closed loop BER test is performed on a simulated 60 GHz 802.11ad physical layer to validate system performance prior to hardware and vendor commitments in a video streaming application.


W1915 802.11ad Impairments

Figure 3. SystemVue can be used to validate realistic 60 GHz system scenarios in early R&D that would be very difficult to build and measure. For example, a CMOS RFIC PA model from Keysight Golden Gate is verified prior to tapeout.

The W1915 also provides a complete model set and TX/RX reference designs for 802.15.3c.

W1915 WPAN Screen


The W1915 mmWave WPAN Baseband Verification Library can be added to any SystemVue environment or bundle.

For more information on SystemVue libraries, refer to SystemVue Baseband & Exploration Verification Libraries.