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Systolic array processing of the Viterbi algorithm

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2 Author(s)
C. -Y. Chang ; Dept. of Electr. Eng., California Univ., Los Angeles, CA, USA ; K. Yao

Results on efficient forms of decoding convolutional codes based on the Viterbi algorithm by using systolic arrays are presented. Various properties of convolutional codes are discussed. A technique called strongly connected trellis decoding is introduced to increase the efficient utilization of all the systolic array processors. Issues dealing with the composite branch metric generation, survivor updating, overall system architecture, throughput rate, and computational overhead ratio are also investigated. The scheme is applicable to both hard and soft decoding of any rate b/n convolutional code. It is shown that as the length of the code becomes large, the systolic Viterbi decoder maintains a regular and general interconnection structure as well as moderate throughput rate gain over the sequential Viterbi decoder

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IEEE Transactions on Information Theory  (Volume:35 ,  Issue: 1 )