This paper presents a description of a modular simulation architecture which has been implemented on a 386 personal computer ruining UNIX and X-Windows to model virtually any staring or scanning array system and its associated processing electronics. The modularity of the simulation system permits rapid software-prototyping of a proposed sensor system and provides the designer with a valuable "what if' tool for evaluating the impact of numerous design alternatives on the performance of the overall system. Such front-end simulations performed during the early stages of a system-level design are effective in reducing costly design iterations and they help to ensure first-run system success.
M. A. Massie, M. A. Massie,
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