RF Planner

Frequency-planning add-on module for determining spurious-free bandwidths of radio communications links
RF Planner

RF Front-End Design Aid

The RF Planner (RFP) wizard module works seamlessly within Visual System Simulator (VSS) system design software to accelerate development of a first-cut radio communications link. It is an essential utility for designers of radio communications systems and cellular or military radio links that enables them to efficiently determine spurious-free dynamic range and bandwidths.  

The wizard provides spurious analysis resulting from device nonlinearities as well as cascaded measurements such as noise figure (NF), P1dB, signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), and IM3. 

The RF Planner Advantage
Faster Design

Quickly develop channelized frequency up/downconverters with design automation that guides system specifications.


Access immediate system response plots to determine the impact of component properties on system performance. 


Manage spectrally-rich, single- and multi-channel RF links with intelligent spurious analysis.

Features at a Glance

  • System Budget Specification – Define the target values for gain, NF, compression point, and other similar parameters for RF budget calculation
  • Analyze – Examine the entire RF input of components in the RF Link, as well as spurs generated by the lineup of mixers
  • Measurements – NF, P1dB, SNR, IM3, and more
  • Integrated – Seamlessly integrated with VSS software for faster design exploration and yield and optimization analyses


System Design

The RFP design wizard adds system synthesis capabilities to VSS software, enabling designers and system integrators to take a top-down approach to system configuration, component specification, and signal management. Through the RFP guided-system setup and high-level radio-block modeling, designers can investigate various tradeoffs to select the frequency conversion, filtering, and/or necessary component dynamic range needed to achieve the targeted system requirements.

Component Specification

Designers can provide performance requirements to component design and procurement teams based on information determined by system responses obtained with the RFP wizard. The software enables system designers to quickly explore alternative system configurations and component specifications to achieve overall performance goals, taking into consideration factors such as performance/cost tradeoffs and component availability.