MathWorks releases free 5G library

MathWorks Australia

Wednesday, 22 November, 2017

5g library

Computing software provider MathWorks has introduced a free 5G library aimed at supporting wireless design exploration in advance of the release of the initial 3GPP 5G standard specification in March 2018.

The 5G library provides functions and link-level reference designs that help wireless engineers explore the behaviour and performance of 3GPP new radio technologies. With the library, wireless engineers can conduct simulations to evaluate 5G enabling technologies and their impact on overall 5G system design.

The 5G standard will introduce advanced technologies to drive rapid innovation in mobile broadband, machine-to-machine and connected vehicle applications. The 5G library helps wireless system engineers explore and incorporate new 5G technologies before the standard is finalised. By using the library’s trusted MATLAB implementations of 5G algorithms and the 38.901 channel model, engineers can quickly evaluate the performance characteristics of new waveforms and coding schemes, and develop receiver algorithms.

“Wireless engineers developing products for the new 5G standard face tremendous change and complexity,” said Ken Karnofsky, senior strategist at MathWorks. “The 5G library lowers the learning curve for new 5G technologies with reliable, customisable and well-documented software so engineers can create and verify designs that meet the specifications and performance goals of 5G.”

The new 5G library is a downloadable add-on for LTE System Toolbox and complements a range of MATLAB and Simulink capabilities for 5G technology development, offering:

  • channel models including tapped delay line (TDL) and clustered delay line (CDL) channel models as specified in 3GPP TR 38.901;
  • new radio waveforms to improve spectral efficiency, including Filtered OFDM (F-OFDM), Windowed OFDM (W-OFDM) and Cyclic Prefix OFDM (CP-OFDM);
  • new coding schemes such as LDPC for data and polar codes for control information, for error correction and improved data rates;
  • link-level simulation reference design, enabling measurement of link throughput.

The 5G library is available immediately worldwide and can be downloaded from

Image caption: Explore the behaviour and performance of new 3GPP radio technologies using the 5G library.

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