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The VLSI design of OFDM baseband transceiver is described, which is dedicated to cognitive radio systems. To facilitate dynamic spectrum accessing, this receiver architecture employs a specialized FFT module and a mapping/demapping module. Efficient mechanisms to omit input/output of unused subrcarriers are introduced. Also, calculation of spectrum intensity for subcarrier level carrier sensing is successfully integrated to the FFT module. Whole transmitter/receiver modules are implemented by maintaining compatibility with IEEE 802.11g. Implementation results show that the proposed architecture can process OFDM symbols in 60 MHz operation.