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Power and area minimization for multidimensional signal processing


Sensitivity-based methodology is applied to optimization of performance, power and area across several levels of design abstraction for a complex wireless baseband signal processing algorithm. The design framework is based on a unified, block-based graphical description of the algorithm to avoid design re-entry in various phases of chip development. The use of architectural techniques for minimization of power and area for complex signal processing algorithms is demonstrated using this framework. As a proof of concept, an ASIC realization of the MIMO baseband signal processing for a multi-antenna WLAN is described. The chip implements a 4 x 4 adaptive singular value decomposition (SVD) algorithm with combined power and area minimization achieving a power efficiency of 2.1 GOPS/mW (12-bit add equivalent) in just 3.5 mm(2) in a standard 90 nm CMOS process. The computational throughput of 70 GOPS is implemented with 0.5 M cells at a 100 MHz clock and 385 mV supply, dissipating 34 mW of power. With optimal channel conditions the algorithm implemented can deliver up to 250 Mb/s over 16 sub-carriers.

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