Lockheed Martin Uses MathWorks Tools to Develop Configurable, Space-Qualified Digital Channelizer

NATICK, Mass. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — April 23, 2009 The MathWorks today announced that Lockheed Martin Space Systems, a leader in space science and the design and production of space launch vehicles, successfully adopted Model-Based Design using tools from The MathWorks to develop a dual-stage, satellite-based channelizer. Also known as a bent-pipe transponder, the channelizer lets Lockheed Martin move bandwidth on-demand between users and location, optimizing the capacity of fixed-band satellite communications systems.

Using Model-Based Design, Lockheed Martin engineers were able to rapidly implement and verify design changes driven by evolving requirements. Overall, they reduced VHDL verification time by 90 percent and field-programmable gate array (FPGA) development time from 12 months to 4 months. Additionally, the algorithms developed can be reused, saving a projected 50 percent of design effort on subsequent projects.

Simulink and Model-Based Design allowed us to visualize and simulate the operation of the system as it was running, and the model served as a golden reference for the hardware,” said Bradford Watson, staff engineer, Advanced Algorithm Development Group at Lockheed Martin Space Systems. “With Simulink and EDA Simulator Link MQ for Mentor Graphics ModelSim, system simulation and hardware verification are performed in one environment. As a result, we can test the design from end to end, improving quality and ensuring design accuracy and validity.”

“The work completed by Lockheed Martin engineers on this complex project shows the value of a unifying platform to improve the design process and increase quality and accuracy,” said Paul Barnard, design automation marketing director at The MathWorks. “By implementing Model-Based Design using The MathWorks products, Lockheed Martin was able to use the same set of tools for behavioral and implementation testing. This allowed for early testing and improved the overall design and verification process.”

About Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company

Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, a major operating unit of Lockheed Martin Corporation, designs and develops, tests, manufactures and operates a full spectrum of advanced-technology systems for national security and military, civil government and commercial customers. Chief products include human space flight systems; a full range of remote sensing, navigation, meteorological and communications satellites and instruments; space observatories and interplanetary spacecraft; laser radar; ballistic missiles; missile defense systems; and nanotechnology research and development.

For more information, visit www.lockheedmartin.com.

About The MathWorks

The MathWorks is the leading developer of mathematical computing software. MATLAB, “the language of technical computing,” is a programming environment for algorithm development, data analysis, visualization, and numeric computation. Simulink is a graphical environment for simulation and Model-Based Design of multi-domain dynamic and embedded systems. Engineers and scientists worldwide rely on these product families to accelerate the pace of discovery, innovation, and development in automotive, aerospace, electronics, financial services, biotech-pharmaceutical, and other industries. MathWorks products are also fundamental teaching and research tools in the world’s universities and learning institutions. Founded in 1984, The MathWorks employs more than 2,100 people in 15 countries, with headquarters in Natick, Massachusetts, USA. For additional information, visit www.mathworks.com.

MATLAB and Simulink are registered trademarks of The MathWorks, Inc. See www.mathworks.com/trademarks for a list of additional trademarks. Other product or brand names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.


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