9th International Conference on Cognitive Radio Oriented Wireless Networks

Research Article

Frame-based Modeling for Automatic Synthesis of FPGA-Software Defined Radio

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/icst.crowncom.2014.255289,
        author={Ganda Ouedraogo and Matthieu Gautier and Olivier Sentieys},
        title={Frame-based Modeling for Automatic Synthesis of FPGA-Software Defined Radio},
        proceedings={9th International Conference on Cognitive Radio Oriented Wireless Networks},
        publisher={IEEE},
        proceedings_a={CROWNCOM},
        year={2014},
        month={7},
        keywords={software defined radio high level synthesis fpga domain specific languages},
        doi={10.4108/icst.crowncom.2014.255289}
    }
    
  • Ganda Ouedraogo
    Matthieu Gautier
    Olivier Sentieys
    Year: 2014
    Frame-based Modeling for Automatic Synthesis of FPGA-Software Defined Radio
    CROWNCOM
    IEEE
    DOI: 10.4108/icst.crowncom.2014.255289
Ganda Ouedraogo1, Matthieu Gautier1,*, Olivier Sentieys1
  • 1: University of Rennes 1, IRISA, INRIA, France
*Contact email: matthieu.gautier@irisa.fr

Abstract

Software Defined Radio (SDR) is now becoming a ubiquitous concept to describe and implement Physical Layers (PHYs) of wireless systems. Moreover, even though the FPGA is expected to play a key role in SDR, describing a PHY at the Register-Transfer-Level (RTL) requires tremendous efforts. This paper introduces a novel methodology to rapidly implement PHYs for SDR. The work relies upon High-Level Synthesis tools and dataflow modeling in order to infer an efficient RTL control unit for the application.
The proposed software-based over-layer partly handles the complexity of programming an FPGA and integrates reconfigurable features. It consists essentially of a Domain-Specific Language (DSL) combined to a DSL-Compiler. An IEEE 802.11a transceiver has been explored via this approach in order to show the flexibility features.