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.
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 2010|
|Event||2010 IEEE International Conference on Field Programmable Technology (FPT'10) - Beijing, China|
Duration: 08 Dec 2010 → 10 Dec 2010
|Conference||2010 IEEE International Conference on Field Programmable Technology (FPT'10)|
|Period||08/12/2010 → 10/12/2010|