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Non-binary low-density parity-check (NB-LDPC) codes are robust to various channel impairments. In this paper, we present a new decoding algorithm for the NB-LDPC decoder that is based on the q-ary min-sum algorithm (QMSA). The new one modifies the check node (CN) computations of the QMSA into two steps. By reorganizing the message entries and providing the most likely symbol, a compressed intermediate message can be easily obtained and stored, from which the check-to-variable messages can be computed with a look-up table. Thus the decoder architecture can have a straightforward design for the CN with reduced complexity and memory requirements. Besides, the simulation results demonstrate that the proposed algorithm has negligible performance loss compared to the QMSA over AWGN channel.
Date of Conference: Jan. 30 2012-Feb. 2 2012