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TICAM extracts the values of parametric cable models in order to replace measured data by a model. This leads to a fast conversion of cable measurements into models for dedicated cable simulations.

 

Fast conversion of cable measurements

TICAM extracts the values of parametric cable models in order to replace measured data by a model. The use of models has various advantages, including:

  • for predicting the cable characteristics at arbitrary cable lengths (although you have measured the cable
    at only one length);
  • for predicting the cable characteristics at arbitrary frequencies (although you have measured the cable at
    only a distinct number of frequencies);
  • for specifying all these characteristics with no more than 5-15 real numbers (although you measured
    thousands of them, 8 reals for each frequency);
  • for use in simulators, for instance to calculate the transmission through a cascade of different cables
    (each with its own characteristics and loop length), or to calculate the performance of DSL modems
    when deployed over twisted pair copper loops.

How does TICAM work?

TICAM extract the cable parameters in a strict order and in an interactive manner with the user. Most of it is done automatically and the user can inspect all kinds of intermediate results, but when needed the user can also overrule some of these intermediate results where needed. This extraction process follows a five step approach:

  • Step 1: Importing a two-port; the s-parameters measured on a real cable
  • Step 2: Extracting secondary cable parameters
  • Step 3: Extracting primary cable parameters
  • Step 4: Selecting a parametric cable model, from a library with predefined models
  • Step 5: Fitting a parametric cable model within a few seconds.

The model parameter that have been found and all plots can be exported to the clipboard, and several intermediate results can be exported to file as well.

Example01 – 2-port measurements on high quality twisted pair cable

TICAM comes with 4 example files

TICAM comes with a few examples of cable measurements that are stored in the Example directory

  • Example01 – 2-port measurements on high quality twisted pair cable.
  • Example02 – 8-port measurements on high quality twisted pair cable (four wires).
  • Example03 – 2-port measurements on telephony cable at a limited number of frequency points.
  • Example04 – 2-port measurement with limited accuracy an frequency points.

Free trial version?

Interested in a free trial version of TICAM, please contact us at TICAM@tno.nl

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