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Antenna Toolbox

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 predefined elements with parameterized geometry, arbitrary planar structures, or custom 3D structures described with STL files.

Antenna Toolbox uses electromagnetic solvers, including the method of moments (MoM), to compute impedance, current distribution, efficiency, and near-field and far-field radiation patterns. To improve the antenna design, you can use manual methods or use the optimization methods provided in the toolbox. Antenna geometry and analysis results can be visualized in 2D and 3D. The toolbox lets you integrate antenna array patterns into wireless systems for simulating beamforming and beam steering algorithms. The impedance analysis results can be used to design matching networks for integration with the RF front-end. You can install the antennas on large platforms such as vehicles or aircraft and analyze the effects of the structure on antenna performance. You can import STL and Gerber files to analyze a pre-existing structure or export them to share or manufacture your design. A site viewer enables you to visualize antenna coverage on a 3D terrain map using a variety of propagation models, including ray tracing.

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Learn the basics of Antenna Toolbox

Antenna Catalog

Antenna elements, backing structures, parameterized geometry visualization, antenna design

Array Catalog

Finite and infinite arrays, layout visualization, mutual coupling, embedded pattern, pattern multiplication

Material Catalog

Metal and dielectric substrate selection and parameterization

Custom Geometry and PCB Fabrication

Shapes and boolean operations, custom mesh and geometry, multiport antennas, printed circuit board (PCB) stack, Gerber file generation

Analysis, Benchmarking, and Verification

Antenna and array analysis, meshing, solvers, comparison of Antenna Toolbox simulations with measured results

Antenna and Array Optimization

Maximize bandwidth, minimize SLL, perform array thinning, maximize F/B ratio

Import, Export, and Visualization

Read, visualize, and write STL files and MSI planet antenna files, import or measure pattern data in 2-D and 3-D, reconstruct 3-D pattern from 2-D slices, create interactive polar plots

Installed Antenna and Large Structures

Antennas on platforms, infinite arrays, and infinite ground planes

RF Propagation

Site and terrain visualization, propagation model specification and visualization, path loss, TIREM™, Longley-Rice, outdoor and indoor ray tracing