Electrical and Computer Engineering
Systems Using SystemVue
you will find additional materials for using the analog and digital
communication simulator SystemVue in undergraduate, graduate and
continuing professional education. These materials complement the text Digital Communication
Systems using SystemVue (ISBN 1-58450-850-7)
published by DaVinci Engineering Press, a division
of Cengage Publishing in 2006.
and Table of Contents (pdf) for the text
are available here.
text includes the SystemVue Textbook Edition application software from
Agilent Technologies (link)
and the simulation models described in the text. This is a
special application of the SystemVue 2007 Professional communication system simulator that, although somewhat
restrictive, can execute the simulation models in the text.
SystemVue Textbook Edition
does not allow the addition or
deletion of the model tokens or the connection between tokens.
Only the digital communication system models described in the text can be
accessed and executed. However, model
token parameters can be changed with this procedure:
Model Parameters in the SystemVue Textbook Edition
The text is a direct
outgrowth of experience in teaching analog and digital communication systems at
the undergraduate, graduate and professional level. The sea change in
this material for the student and professional is the introduction
of channel noise and non-linearities in the analysis of communication systems within the
last decade. Prior to this time, analog and digital communication systems were
presented by analytical equations
without noise, and with a hardware laboratory without significant
These tenants for
using SystemVue simulation to teach students digital communication in lecture and laboratory were presented at the 2003 and
2006 Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Education:
2003 SystemVue Simulation in Laboratory
ASEE 2006 SystemVue Simulation in
included here is for educational
use only and can be
freely distributed for that purpose with suitable citation of origin. The material is copyrighted
and no other rights or other license is
implied by their inclusion here.
The syllabus and
lecture slides in Adobe PDF format for the one semester undergraduate course EE4512
Analog and Digital Communications
are given here. The course utilizes a standard textbook, Stern and Mahmoud,
2004, for the lecture but the SystemVue simulations are fully
integrated into the lecture and co-requisite Laboratory.
Chapter 1 - Introduction
Chapter 2 - Frequency Domain Analysis
Chapter 3 - Digital Baseband Modulation Techniques
Chapter 4 - Receiver Design
Chapter 5 - Digital Bandpass Modulation and
Chapter 6 - Analog Modulation and Demodulation
Chapter 7 - Multiplexing Techniques
Chapter 8 - Analog-to-Digital and
laboratories and projects in SystemVue require the application software which is available from Agilent
Technologies for academic and professional use. The SystemVue
Textbook Edition instructs the student or professional on the simulation
environment and can be used for most of the Laboratories provided here by changing
the model parameters.
1 The SystemVue simulation models in the text support Communication
Simulation Techniques, which is an introduction to the simulation
environment and the libraries and tokens. As a quick-start to the simulation
environment, AM and FM analog communication systems are modeled in SystemVue.
2 The SystemVue simulation models in the text support Baseband
Modulation and Demodulation. SystemVue simulation models are provided
for rectangular, sinc, raised cosine, and multilevel pulse amplitude modulation.
The optimum correlation receiver for baseband signals, partial response
signaling, and delta modulation are also modeled in SystemVue.
Error Rate of Rectangular Baseband Pulses Laboratory
3 The SystemVue simulation models in the text support Bandpass
Modulation and Demodulation. SystemVue simulation models are provided for
binary and multilevel amplitude, frequency, and phase shift keying. The optimum
correlation receiver for bandpass signals, quadrature amplitude modulation, and
differential phase shift keying are also modeled in SystemVue.
(M=8) Amplitude Shift Keying Laboratory
Demodulation of Binary Amplitude Shift Keying Laboratory
Minimal Phase Shift Keying Laboratory
Suboptimal Demodulation of Binary Frequency Shift Keying Laboratory
Quadrature Amplitude Modulation Laboratory
4 The SystemVue simulation models in the text support Synchronization
and Equalization. Techniques for carrier frequency, carrier phase, and
symbol synchronization are modeled in SystemVue. SystemVue
simulation models are provided for channel equalization and channel models.
5 The SystemVue simulation models in the text support Multiplexing.
SystemVue simulation models are provided for time, frequency, and code
division multiplexing. Techniques for direct sequence and frequency hopping
spread spectrum, and orthogonal frequency division multiplexing are modeled in SystemVue.
6 The SystemVue simulation models in the text support Sampling
and Quantization. SystemVue simulation models are provided for
sampling baseband and bandpass analog signals, companding, and pulse code
Additional material and laboratories include:
Sampling of QPSK in SystemVue
Sampling of MFSK in SystemVue
Systems using SystemVue
was reviewed in QEX, the technical journal of the ARRL, and a
copy of the review is available here.
Systems using SystemVue
was also reviewed on Amazon:
Excellent Package, February 20, 2006 Andrew
As an engineering student, I
have been exposed to a number of different textbooks on this subject,
all with varying degrees of value. This book easily rises to the top
of the pack. I will explain why.
Many books attempt to discuss the topic of electrical communication
schemes through blunt mathematical rigor. Such an analysis may benefit
the mathematically inclined, but leaves the rest of the students
wanting. This book, however, is packaged with the excellent SystemVue
software, a powerful software package that is used in industry to
design actual communication systems. By utilizing the simulation
software, in addition to providing a large number of images (graphs,
constellation plots, output waveforms, etc), readers are given a
visualization of the complex topics discussed in the text.
I think that it is incredibly valuable to be able to visualize the
concepts being discussed, and I also think it is important to see how
a physically-realizable system can come to certain results. The
differing effects of BFSK and QPSK for instance, may be difficult to
understand in a purely mathematical context, but by viewing the output
waveforms, and spectrums comparatively, the user is able to quickly
discern the differences between the two schemes.
The only qualm I would have about this book is that the version of SystemVue
that comes with the book is a heavily watered down version, and is
only capable of simulating the examples from the book (the user cannot
use the software to create a new simulation). However, when you
consider the sheer price of the SystemVue software suite, it is
amazing that the book's author was able to include any version at all.
I highly recommend this book to anybody who is new to the subject of
communication systems, and even people who have had classes on the
subject, but want to see the material presented in a more visual way.
Because of the relative inexpensiveness of this book, It makes an
excellent counterpart to other textbooks that are more steeped in the
mathematically rigorous derivations.
A comprehensive survey
suitable for a college course, April 13, 2006 D. Donovan
Dennis Silage's DIGITAL
COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS USING SYSTEMVUE would be a fine college text with
its comprehensive survey of the Agilent SystemVue simulation
environment. Advanced users of the communications simulator will
find here plenty of analysis and insights on DSP processors and
applications, offering pros and advanced digital communications users an
introduction to the SystemVue environment using plenty of examples and