Simulating Throughput as a Device Design Metric

Modern antennas utilize MIMO technology in order to meet consumer demands for high data rates.  As such, throughput is a required metric when evaluating one antenna design versus another and simulating device performance in a realistic scenario.

Traditional antenna design metrics for SISO and diversity antennas include S-Parameters, gain, mean effective gain, and efficiency.  These metrics primarily measure stand-alone antenna performance and don't fully provide the needed insight for current applications.  In order to achieve high data rates, engineers need to combine their antenna design with a channel model and compute throughput.  Throughput is a more meaningful metric because it accounts for the environment's multi-path behavior where the antenna is going to operate.  This MicroApps presentation from IMS 2018 demonstrates the latest capabilities in throughput simulation.

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