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A low-complexity architecture of a RAKE Receiver subsystem for a Direct Sequence Ultra-Wideband (DS-UWB) is presented, followed by FPGA implementation and system performance results. The proposed subsystem is composed of a Channel Estimator (CE) and a novel hybrid Partial/Selective (HPS) maximal ratio combining (MRC) RAKE Receiver (RR), which combines the benefits of both partial and selective RAKE receiver algorithms. The implementation of the HPS component is based on a parallel selection structure that picks the strongest multipath rays of the channel impulse response. Our work is focused on a highly parallel, modular design based on FPGA technology and optimized for high performance. The obtained results demonstrate the tradeoff between energy capture, performance and receiver complexity.
Date of Conference: 4-7 April 2010