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A 2.0 Gb/s Throughput Decoder for QC-LDPC Convolutional Codes

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5 Author(s)
Chiu-Wing Sham ; Department of Electronic and Information Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong ; Xu Chen ; Francis C. M. Lau ; Yue Zhao
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This paper proposes a decoder architecture for low-density parity-check convolutional code (LDPCCC). Specifically, the LDPCCC is derived from a quasi-cyclic (QC) LDPC block code. By making use of the quasi-cyclic structure, the proposed LDPCCC decoder adopts a dynamic message storage in the memory and uses a simple address controller. The decoder efficiently combines the memories in the pipelining processors into a large memory block so as to take advantage of the data-width of the embedded memory in a modern field-programmable gate array (FPGA). A rate-5/6 QC-LDPCCC has been implemented on an Altera Stratix FPGA. It achieves up to 2.0 Gb/s throughput with a clock frequency of 100 MHz. Moreover, the decoder displays an excellent error performance of lower than 10-13 at a bit-energy-to-noise power-spectral-density ratio (Eb/N0) of 3.55 dB.

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IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I: Regular Papers  (Volume:60 ,  Issue: 7 )