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  • Research Article
  • Open Access

Vector Processing as an Enabler for Software-Defined Radio in Handheld Devices

  • Kees van Berkel1Email author,
  • Frank Heinle2,
  • Patrick P. E. Meuwissen1,
  • Kees Moerman3 and
  • Matthias Weiss4
EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing20052005:906408

Received: 15 February 2004

Published: 21 September 2005


A major challenge of software-defined radio (SDR) is to realize many giga operations per second of flexible baseband processing within a power budget of only a few hundred mW. A heterogeneous hardware architecture with the programmable vector processor EVP as key component can support WLAN, UMTS, and other standards. A detailed rationale for the EVP architecture, based on the analysis of a number of key algorithms, as well as implementation and benchmarking results are described.

Keywords and phrases

vector processingsoftware-defined radio3G baseband processingwireless LANrake receiver

Authors’ Affiliations

Philips Research, Technical University Eindhoven, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Philips Semiconductors, BL Cellular Systems, Nuernberg, Germany
Philips Semiconductors, DSP Innovation Center, Waalre, The Netherlands
Philips Semiconductors, BL Connectivity, Dresden, Germany


© Berkel et al. 2005