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In this paper, we present an all-analog implementation of the rate-1/3, block length 40, universal mobile telecommunications system (UMTS) turbo decoder. The prototype was designed and fabricated in 0.35 μm complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor technology and operates at 3.3 V. We also introduce a discrete-time first-order model for analog decoders which allows fast bit-error rate simulations, while taking into account circuit transient behavior and component mismatch. The model is applied to the rate-1/3 analog turbo decoder for UMTS defined in the Third Generation Partnership Project standard, and the discrete-time model predictions are compared with the decoder experimental performance and the transistor-level simulations. These results demonstrated that this model can be successfully used as a tool to both predict analog decoder performance and give design guidelines for complex decoders, for which circuit-level simulations are impractical.
Date of Publication: Nov. 2006