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2000 IEEE Symposium on Field-Programmable Custom Computing Machines
Synchronization in Software Radios-Carrier and Timing Recovery Using FPGAs
Napa, California
April 17-April 19
ISBN: 0-7695-0871-5
Chris Dick, Xilinx Inc.
Fred Harris, California State University at San Diego
Michael Rice, Brigham Young University
Software defined radios (SDR) are highly configurable hardware platforms that provide the technology for realizing the rapidly expanding third (and future) generation digital wireless communication infrastructure. Many sophisticated signal-processing tasks are transformed in a SDR, including advanced compression algorithms, power control, channel estimation, equalization, and forward error control and protocol management. While there is a plethora of silicon alternatives available for implementing the various functions in a SDR, field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) are an attractive option for many of these tasks for reasons of performance, power consumption and configurability. Amongst the more complex tasks performed in a high data rote wireless system is synchronization. This paper is about carrier and timing synchronization in SDRs using FPGA based signal processors. We describe and examine a QPSK Costas loop for performing coherent demodulation, and report on the implications of FPGA mechanization. Symbol timing recovery is addressed using a differential matched filter control system. A tutorial style approach is adopted to describe the operation of the timing recovery loop and considerations for FPGA implementation are outlined.
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Chris Dick, Fred Harris, Michael Rice, "Synchronization in Software Radios-Carrier and Timing Recovery Using FPGAs," fccm, pp.195, 2000 IEEE Symposium on Field-Programmable Custom Computing Machines, 2000
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