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Low-Power Embedded DSP Core for Communication Systems

Author(s): Shyh-Jye Jou | Maw-Ching Lin | Ming Hsuan Tan | Wei-Hao Chen | Ya-Lan Tsao

Journal: EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing
ISSN 1687-6172

Volume: 2003;
Issue: 13;
Start page: 1355;
Date: 2003;
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Keywords: digital signal processor | embedded system | dual MAC | subword multiplier.

This paper proposes a parameterized digital signal processor (DSP) core for an embedded digital signal processing system designed to achieve demodulation/synchronization with better performance and flexibility. The features of this DSP core include parameterized data path, dual MAC unit, subword MAC, and optional function-specific blocks for accelerating communication system modulation operations. This DSP core also has a low-power structure, which includes the gray-code addressing mode, pipeline sharing, and advanced hardware looping. Users can select the parameters and special functional blocks based on the character of their applications and then generating a DSP core. The DSP core has been implemented via a cell-based design method using a synthesizable Verilog code with TSMC 0.35 μm SPQM and 0.25 μm 1P5M library. The equivalent gate count of the core area without memory is approximately 50 k. Moreover, the maximum operating frequency of a 16×16 version is 100 MHz (0.35 μm) and 140 MHz (0.25 μm).

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