FPGA based Soft-core SIMD Processing: A MIMO-OFDM Fixed-Complexity Sphere Decoder Case Study

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Abstract

To enable reliable data transfer in next generation Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) communication systems, terminals must be able to react to fluctuating channel conditions by having flexible modulation schemes and antenna configurations. This creates a challenging real-time implementation problem: to provide the high performance required of cutting edge MIMO standards, such as 802.11n, with the flexibility for this behavioural variability. FPGA softcore processors offer a solution to this problem, and in this paper we show how heterogeneous SISD/SIMD/MIMD architectures can enable programmable multicore architectures on FPGA with similar performance and cost as traditional dedicated circuit-based architectures. When applied to a 4×4 16-QAM Fixed-Complexity Sphere Decoder (FSD) detector we present the first soft-processor based solution for real-time 802.11n MIMO.
Original languageEnglish
Pages497-484
Number of pages8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2010
Event2010 IEEE International Conference on Field Programmable Technology (FPT'10) - Beijing, China
Duration: 08 Dec 201010 Dec 2010

Conference

Conference2010 IEEE International Conference on Field Programmable Technology (FPT'10)
CountryChina
CityBeijing
Period08/12/201010/12/2010

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    Chu, X., McAllister, J., & Woods, R. (2010). FPGA based Soft-core SIMD Processing: A MIMO-OFDM Fixed-Complexity Sphere Decoder Case Study. 497-484. Paper presented at 2010 IEEE International Conference on Field Programmable Technology (FPT'10), Beijing, China. https://doi.org/10.1109/FPT.2010.5681463