Dynamic Spectrum Environment Emulator (DYSE®)

The Dynamic Spectrum Environment Emulator (DYSE®) is a RF channel emulator that seeks to imitate realistic RF environments, including congested and contested conditions. RF paths can be individually programmable, and emulate the impact of real-world operational conditions, in the safety and convenience of a lab environment. DYSE® supports the full RF Systems Development Life Cycle from RF Modeling and Simulation to Testing and Evaluation.

RF Channel Emulator Test And Simulation Systems

DYSE® Interface
  • Emulate Realistic RF Environments
  • RF Modeling & Simulation (M&S) and RF Hardware-in-the-loop (HiTL) Testing & Evaluation (T&E)
  • RF Digital Twin performance testing
  • RF Virtual Reality creation. Dynamically emulates realistic RF environments, including congested and contested conditions
  • High-Fidelity, repeatable RF systems testing in the lab with real-world field quality characteristics
  • Development and testing asset optimized for modern RF technology like SDRs
  • Scalable to support user capacity needs, small to massive RF scenarios
  • Supports accelerated RF development and time-to-field
  • Supports Virtual Nodes (VSUs: virtual models of systems) and/or Physical Nodes (PSUs: Real systems that can be connected to DYSE® for test and simulation purposes)
  • Tested for 5G, Spectrum sharing, Resilient PNT, Cognitive Radio, Tactical and LPI/LPD communications systems, EW systems, and more

How It Works

  • RF devices under test interconnect through synthetically generated RF environments
  • RF paths between devices emulate the impact of real-world RF operational conditions – paths are individually programmable
  • Physical devices can interact with virtual devices – full-mesh interconnection
  • Device interactions take place through the DYSE® Virtual RF Environment (VRE) at digital baseband 
  • RF Hardware-in-the-Loop (HiTL) interfaces provide analog RF connections for physical devices
Emulate Realistic RF Environments

RF Modeling And Simulation With DYSE®

DYSE RF Channel Emulator

DYSE® can be used to develop and refine RF designs, concepts, applications, and algorithms. When performing Modeling and Simulation, DYSE® passes data produced by RF device models through mathematical and statistical channel models to predict performance under user-selected RF operating environments.

The DYSE® RF channel emulator emulates operationally realistic operating environments so users can validate concepts, refine capabilities, and assess performance through RF Modeling & Simulation before proceeding to physical device Test & Evaluation and/or field testing.

Following M&S Assessment, developers can instantiate pre-prototype physical systems on the Parsons WISP Systems.

Case Study: Software-Defined Radar Testbed For Multi-Target Tracking

DYSE® large-scale channel emulation supports rapid evaluation of radar applications for automotive driver-assistance and other complex use cases without field testing. Learn how Drexel University utilized DYSE® for multi-target tracking. Read the case study.

Testing And Evaluation With DYSE®

DYSE® is available in configurations to test and assess physical RF devices and systems in user-controlled emulated RF environments. With both M&S and T&E testing capability, DYSE® provides a versatile platform for accelerating RF systems development and time-to-field while decreasing risk.

Key Characteristics Of Our Channel Emulator

  • Tuning range up to 20 GHz
  • IBW >1 GHz
  • Path delay >1 sec
  • Up to 1024 RF paths
  • Full-mesh interconnection
  • Physical RF devices can interact with virtual/software-modeled RF devices
  • Digital electromagnetic wave emulation
  • High-fidelity propagation models
  • Flexible, customizable test scenarios
  • Host platform & antenna options
  • 6-DOF motion, trajectories
  • Extensive library of virtual/software-modeled RF devices
  • APIs simplify user control
  • Dynamic path effects

DYSE® Desktop

Desktop Dyse Channel Emulator
DYSE® Desktop

Modeling And Simulation Anywhere

  • Runs on a laptop or desktop. No external hardware required
  • Path modeling performed on CPU
  • Executes simulation scenarios in non-real time 
  • Supports virtual nodes
  • Bandwidth and node capacities vary according to the host computer’s available memory 

DYSE® Agile

RF Modeling and Simulation
DYSE® Agile

RF Modeling And Simulation And Limited Testing And Evaluation

  • Can test virtual and physical nodes
  • Greater processing power enables higher virtual node counts than DYSE® Desktop
  • Path modeling performed on a single GPU
  • Can include a Hardware in the Loop (HiTL) RF interface for testing up to 8 physical nodes ​
  • Executes scenarios in real time and non-real time. Non-real time can be faster or slower than real time depending on scenario complexity
  • Real time mode per-channel IBW up to 25 MHz
  • Tuning range 10Mhz – 6GHz

DYSE® Cyber

High Capacity RF Modeling And Simulation

DYSE Matrix 24 x 24 Channel Emulator
24×24 DYSE® Connect system, depicted in photo
  • Very high capacity; can operate with hundreds of nodes and GHz of IBW per-channel
  • Supports M&S for virtual nodes (no physical node T&E)
  • Non-Real Time scenarios may execute faster than real time due to very high processing power
  • Distributes path modeling over multiple GPUs
  • Premises-based systems available now. 
  • Cloud-based coming soon

DYSE® Connect

Lab Based Testing And Evaluation

  • Focus on physical node testing/evaluation
  • Can also support virtual node testing
  • RF Hardware-in-the-Loop (HiTL) interface for connection to physical RF devices/systems
  • Executes scenarios in real time
  • Supports any mix of physical and virtual RF devices
  • Tuning range up to 20GHz
  • Per-channel IBW scalable to 1 GHz and higher
  • Can scale up to 32×32 matrix, 1024 paths, with full-mesh interconnection
Dyse Chart - Channel Emulator
RF Channel Emulator

Users can create test scenarios consisting of physical and virtual nodes. Any and all nodes can be “placed” on terrestrial, airborne, or space platforms with associated antenna patterns and 6 DOF motion. The DYSE® channel emulator models the RF propagation paths between nodes, introducing a wide range of operationally correct propagation effects.

  • Path Loss
  • Fading
  • Multipath
  • Shadowing
  • Propagation Delay
  • Doppler
  • Nuclear Scintillation


  • Full-mesh node interconnection
  • Independent RF parameters each path
  • Dynamic path modeling 
  • IBW per-channel >1GHz
  • Tuning range 10 MHz to 20 GHz 
  • Propagation Delay >1 sec 

Diverse Use Cases

  • 5G, MIMO, LTE, Cognitive Radio
  • RADAR (including frequency-hopping), Jamming, Electronic Warfare
  • Assured PNT
  • Spectrum sharing, Dynamic spectrum access
  • Mesh Networks
  • Tactical communications systems
  • LPI/LPD communications

Cross-Discipline Applications

  • DoD Labs
  • Academic
  • Defense contractors
Case Study: Mitigating RF Jamming Attacks At The Physical Layer With Machine Learning

DYSE® facilitates realistic hardware-in-the loop testing of advanced machine learning techniques for detecting, classifying, and mitigating active RF jamming attacks. Read the case study.

Interested In Learning More About DYSE®?

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