Thanks to an interview set up by Janine Love of T&M World shortly after IMS 2012 concluded, I was reminded that it has indeed been one year since AWR and NI joined forces. Rather than repeat the full interview Q&A exchange here, I encourage you to read it for yourself.
Somehow our one year anniversary has come and gone without much fanfare and that’s simply because we have each remained focused on continuing to keep our respective businesses strong, have taken the time to work smart together, and, most importantly, have been pulling new opportunities and ideas from our customer base.
Case in point, at IMS 2012 in June we jointly demonstrated integration of AWR’s Visual System Simulator™ (VSS) and NI’s LabVIEW within both of our booths for example applications like 802.11ac. Several MicroApps were jointly presented, including AWR and NI: MWO/VSS: Linking RF Design thru to Test, VSS: RF System Design -- Moving Beyond a Linear Datasheet, and AWR and NI: VSS: System Simulation Featuring Signal Processing Blocks. The videos of these MicroApps demonstrations are now available on AWR.TV.
At NI week earlier this month, AWR exhibited within the NI RF and Wireless Pavilion, demonstrating Behavioral Model Extraction: A Power Amplifier Example, which showed how combined technology could be used to build a time delay neural network. An AWR/NI team also demonstrated Signal Processing with VSS and LabVIEW: An 802.11ac Example, where VSS was used to call LabVIEW directly via a virtual instrument server interface such that additional/custom signal processing blocks are readily extended into the VSS environment. Finally, the Design Through Test: An Amplifier Example demonstration showed how an amplifier designer can easily move from the design stage through to test, with results validated between simulation and measurements along the way using Microwave Office for circuit simulation, LabVIEW for signal processing and virtual control of hardware of NI’s PXI instrumentation, and VSS for system-level simulation of the amplifier. Last but not least, a passive radar system was featured during NI Week’s Tuesday keynote.
As our second year as AWR, A National Instruments Company, unfolds, you’ll see more fruits of the benefits of NI as our parent company—not only on the product and technologies front but in the field at joint events and presentations. Next up is the RF and Microwave Design and Test Symposium in September in the UK and the ongoing AWR Design Forum in China and throughout Europe this fall.
As we move forward, we are focused on integrating two industry leaders in innovation to develop truly groundbreaking technologies that will continue to help designers be more productive. We are excited about the future and the potential for great things from AWR combined with NI.
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