Signalion’s Hardware-in-the-Loop prototyping System awarded with EEEfCOM innovation award
Signalion’s Hardware-in-the-Loop prototyping System HaLo 220 was awarded with the second prize of the EEEfCOM (Electrical and Electronic Engineering for Communication) Innovation Award. The EEEfCOM Innovation Award is conferred annually by GEROTRON Communication GmbH a renowned organizer of workshops, seminars and conferences in the area of communication technology and was launched together with AGILENT Technology and Rohde & Schwarz in 2002. The award honors achievements that make important contributions to the development of information technology on the basis of excellent R&D work.
With HaLo 220 Signalion provides a prototyping system that can be used to transmit baseband signals directly out of simulation environments. Build-in-functions such as Automatic Gain Control (AGC) and Time and Frequency synchronization as well as an easy-to-use interface makes the integration of HaLo into existing MATLAB/Simulink simulation chains a 5-minute task. The system operates in the 2.4 and 5GHz ISM bands and offers a signal bandwidth of 40MHz. At least two antennas are available and up to 4 antennas can be supported by HaLo. This makes HaLo an ideal tool for multi-antenna wireless system design.
To enable wireless system design for cellular standards such as UMTS or wireless metropolitan area networks (MAN) such as WiMAX, Signalion provides a High Power Module (SHPM) that raise the transmit power to 500 mW, high enough to cover cells with a radius of more than 1km.
About Hardware-in-the-Loop (HaLo):
Hardware-in-the-Loop (HaLo) simulation is a technique that enables the designer to bridge the gap between pure software development of PHY-algorithms and the reality of wireless propagation. HaLo has become more and more popular in the development and test of complex real-time embedded control systems. However, wireless system PHY-design has to cope the complex interaction between analog radio frequency hardware that operates at a some GHz and the digital baseband hardware (it still operates at some MHz) and performing complex algorithms like Viterbi-Decoding. This computational complexity is probably the reason why such innovative design methodologies like HaLo have not been used in the design phase so far. Instead the proof-of-concept is often done with the assembly of real-time prototypes which is time consuming and expensive.
Signalion was founded by Prof. Fettweis and seven wireless communications experts in September 2003 as a start-up the University of Technology Dresden. Signalion is a well established solution provider for wireless communication system design and prototyping among the customers are key players of the wireless market such as Alcatel and Philips as well as leading research organizations. The company combines the experience of many years of wireless research, algorithm implementation, and leading edge prototype development of signal processing and wireless communications systems. Signalion is located in Dresden, a city that uniquely combines a 800-year historic, baroque background with the pulsing high-tech multi-billion Euro semiconductor businesses that have turned the region into Europe’s number one silicon site.