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2014 NI Engineering Impact Awards Finalist: Weather Radar: Design-to-Deployment Using the NI Platform

2014 RF and Communications Finalist

Weather Radar: Design-to-Deployment Using the NI Platform

Author: Takuo Kashiwa, Ph.D., Manager, Researching Department, Technology Development & Researching Laboratory, Yasunobu Asada, Assistant Chief, Researching Department, Technology Development & Researching Laboratory, Tomonao Kobayashi, Advising Research Engineer, Researching Department, Technology Development & Researching Laboratory, Furuno Electric Co., Ltd.

Challenge: Developing a weather radar with flexibility in the signal processing unit to accommodate various potential design changes and incorporate a way to verify the system-level performance by co-simulating the digital and analog sections.

Solution: Adopting the NI FlexRIO platform for digital section hardware, using graphical system design methodology to accommodate potential design changes in the software, and taking advantage of the co-simulation capability between AWR Visual System Simulator (VSS) and NI LabVIEW software to realize the system-level simulation of digital and analog sections together.

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