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Low power receiver architectures for multi-carrier CDMA

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5 Author(s)
A. C. McCormick ; Dept. of Electron. & Electr. Eng., Edinburgh Univ., UK ; P. M. Grant ; J. S. Thompson ; T. Arslan
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The implementation of multi-carrier code division multiple access (MC-CDMA) receivers in digital hardware is considered. A low power algorithm is proposed which treats the received signal as a block of symbols, rather than processing the symbols individually. This reduces power by holding one input to the multiplier circuits used in the multi-carrier combiner multiplication constant for a number of clock cycles. This produces a 50% reduction in power consumption for a multi-user detection combiner circuit. This algorithm is also extended to the fast Fourier transform (FFT) block and allows an overall power drain reduction of 13% for the whole receiver. A software configurable version of the circuit, which allows a trade-off between power reduction and processing delay, is also described

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IEE Proceedings - Circuits, Devices and Systems  (Volume:149 ,  Issue: 4 )