Mixed Precision Multi-frame Parallel Low-Density Parity-Check Code Decoder
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As the demand for high speed and high quality connectivity is increasing exponentially, channels are getting more and more crowded. The need for a high performance and low error floor channel decoder is apparent. Low-density parity-check code (LDPC) is a linear error correction code that can reach near Shannon limit. In this work, LDPC code construction and decoding algorithms are discussed, the LDPC decoder, in fully parallel and partial parallel, was implemented, and the features and issues related to corresponding architecture are analyzed. Furthermore, a multi-frame processing approach, based on pipelining and out-of-order processing, is proposed. The implemented decoder achieves 12.6 Gbps at 3.0 dB SNR. The mixed precision scheme is explored by adding precision control and alignment units before and after check node units (CNU) to improve performance, as well as error floor. By mixing the 6-bit and 5-bit precision CNUs at 1:1 ratio, the decoder reaches ~0.5 dB lower FER and BER while retaining a low error floor.
Ni, Yuanpeng (2016). Mixed Precision Multi-frame Parallel Low-Density Parity-Check Code Decoder. Master's thesis, Texas A&M University. Available electronically from