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  • Research Article
  • Open Access

Perception SoC Based on an Ultrasonic Array of Sensors: Efficient DSP Core Implementation and Subsequent Experimental Results

EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing20052005:358762

  • Received: 10 October 2004
  • Published:


We are concerned with the design, implementation, and validation of a perception SoC based on an ultrasonic array of sensors. The proposed SoC is dedicated to ultrasonic echography applications. A rapid prototyping platform is used to implement and validate the new architecture of the digital signal processing (DSP) core. The proposed DSP core efficiently integrates all of the necessary ultrasonic B-mode processing modules. It includes digital beamforming, quadrature demodulation of RF signals, digital filtering, and envelope detection of the received signals. This system handles 128 scan lines and 6400 samples per scan line with a angle of view span. The design uses a minimum size lookup memory to store the initial scan information. Rapid prototyping using an ARM/FPGA combination is used to validate the operation of the described system. This system offers significant advantages of portability and a rapid time to market.

Keywords and phrases

  • perception SoC
  • ultrasonic
  • focusing
  • beamforming
  • DSP
  • FPGA circuit techniques

Authors’ Affiliations

PolySTIM Neurotechnology Laboratory, Department of Electrical Engineering, École Polytechnique de Montréal, Case Postale 6079, Succursale Centre-ville, Montréal, QC, H3C 3A7, Canada
Department of Computer Sciences, Université du Québec à Montréal, Case Postale 8888, Succursale Centre-ville, Montréal, QC, H3C 3P8, Canada
Department of Computer Engineering and Informatics, Beirut Arab University, P.O. Box 11-5020, Beirut, 1107 2809, Lebanon


© Kassem et al. 2005