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Issue No. 02 - February (2011 vol. 60)
ISSN: 0018-9340
pp: 202-213
Mark G. Arnold , Lehigh University, Bethlehem
Sylvain Collange , ELIAUS, Université de Perpignan, Perpignan
The real Logarithmic Number System (LNS) offers fast multiplication but uses more expensive addition. Cotransformation and higher order table methods allow real LNS ALUs with reasonable precision on Field-Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs). The Complex LNS (CLNS) is a generalization of LNS, which represents complex values in log-polar form. CLNS is a more compact representation than traditional rectangular methods, reducing bus and memory cost in the FFT; however, prior CLNS implementations were either slow CORDIC-based or expensive 2D-table-based approaches. Instead, we reuse real LNS hardware for CLNS, with specialized hardware (including a novel \log \sin that overcomes singularity problems) that is smaller than the real-valued LNS ALU to which it is attached. All units were derived from the Floating-Point-Cores (FloPoCo) library. FPGA synthesis shows our CLNS ALU is smaller than prior fast CLNS units. We also compare the accuracy of prior and proposed CLNS implementations. The most accurate of the proposed methods increases the error in radix-two FFTs by less than half a bit, and a more economical FloPoCo-based implementation increases the error by only one bit.
Complex arithmetic, logarithmic number system, hardware function evaluation, FPGA, fast Fourier transform, VHDL.

S. Collange and M. G. Arnold, "A Real/Complex Logarithmic Number System ALU," in IEEE Transactions on Computers, vol. 60, no. , pp. 202-213, 2010.
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