Rapid Scheduling of Efficient FPGA Architectures for Next-Generation HSDPA Wireless System Using Precision C Synthesizer
Cavallaro, Joseph R.
HSDPA; FPGA architecture; Precision C; Rapid Scheduling
In this paper, an efficient design flow integrating Mentor Graphics Precesion C and HDL designer is derived. In this hybrid prototyping environment, efficient FPGA architec-tures are scheduled rapidly with specific hardware re-source/timing/architecture constraints from C/C++ level modeling by allocating the usage of functional units and real-time requirements. Using this methodology, a system-on-chip architecture for the next-generation CDMA system, i.e., HSDPA system, is prototyped rapidly. Advanced algo-rithms including chip-level equalizer, turbo codec and clock tracking, frequency offset compensation, are scheduled with Precesion C. A relatively more area/timing efficient RTL architecture is generated automatically and integrated with other design blocks in HDL designer, then implemented efficiently in Xilinx FPGAs. This new design flow demon-strates productivity improvement of 2X for typical wireless communication algorithms and reduces the risk of product development dramatically.