RAPID PROTOTYPING - Re-scalable V-BLAST MIMO system for FPGA

M. A. McKeown, D. G. M. Cruickshank, Iain Lindsay, John Thompson, S. A. Farson, Y. Hu

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Abstract

The development of a re-scalable hardware implementation of a V-BLAST (Vertical Bell Labs Space-Time) multiple input multiple output system for future wireless communications systems is described. Re-scalability will support rapid prototyping of such systems. A floating-point model of the re-scalable system is constructed to guide the development of a fixed-point model, and subsequently a re-scalable hardware implementation. The system uses the Gauss-Jordan elimination method to perform channel matrix inversion and altering the division-by-zero threshold in this matrix inversion process is shown to have a significant effect on bit error rate performance results. The re-scalable hardware implementation is described in a hardware description language in the form of an intellectual property block and several V-BLAST systems are synthesised onto field programmable gate arrays
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)747-753
Number of pages7
JournalIEE Proceedings on Vision, Image and Signal Processing
Volume153
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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