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A low power VLSI design paradigm for iterative decoders

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3 Author(s)
Elassal, M. ; Center for Adv. Comput. Studies, Louisiana Univ., Lafayette, LA, USA ; Baker, A. ; Bayoumi, M.

In this paper we present low power maximum a posteriori (MAP) decoder architectures using dual supply voltages. The architecture leverages an application specific integrated circuits (ASIC) structure, where the architecture components that require a higher performance are powered from a high supply voltages VddH, and the less demanding components are powered from a low supply voltage VddL. Salient features of this architecture include: (a) high level of parallelism, (b) reduced power consumption without affecting the architecture performance, and (c) a tradeoff between the decoding time delay and the number of state metric banks, branch metric banks, and state metric update kernels respectively. The power consumption reduction of the dual-supply voltage over the single-supply voltage has been estimated and the memory access frequencies as well. The proposed architecture achieves approximate 35-40% power reduction from the single-supply architecture.

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Signal Processing Systems Design and Implementation, 2005. IEEE Workshop on

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2-4 Nov. 2005