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From MIMO-OFDM Algorithms to a Real-Time Wireless Prototype: A Systematic Matlab-to-Hardware Design Flow

  • Jan-Willem Weijers1Email author,
  • Veerle Derudder1,
  • Sven Janssens1,
  • Frederik Petré1 and
  • André Bourdoux1
EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing20062006:039297

https://doi.org/10.1155/ASP/2006/39297

Received: 22 December 2004

Accepted: 7 April 2005

Published: 2 February 2006

Abstract

To assess the performance of forthcoming 4th generation wireless local area networks, the algorithmic functionality is usually modelled using a high-level mathematical software package, for instance, Matlab. In order to validate the modelling assumptions against the real physical world, the high-level functional model needs to be translated into a prototype. A systematic system design methodology proves very valuable, since it avoids, or, at least reduces, numerous design iterations. In this paper, we propose a novel Matlab-to-hardware design flow, which allows to map the algorithmic functionality onto the target prototyping platform in a systematic and reproducible way. The proposed design flow is partly manual and partly tool assisted. It is shown that the proposed design flow allows to use the same testbench throughout the whole design flow and avoids time-consuming and error-prone intermediate translation steps.

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Authors’ Affiliations

(1)
Wireless Research Group, Interuniversity MicroElectronics Center (IMEC)

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