Altera Highlights Performance Benefits of FPGA-Based Products at SDR

11/20/2003 - At the SDR Forum, Altera will demonstrate how the hardware flexibility provided by programmable logic is key to delivering the performance required by software-defined radio (SDR) products. As an example, General Dynamics Decision Systems’ software-defined Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) radio is equipped with Altera FPGAs. The CSAR radio is a small, hand-held transceiver that has become the worldwide standard for Combat Search and Rescue communications. Forum attendees can further explore Altera FPGA-based SDR solutions by visiting General Dynamics Decision Systems’ booth (booth #23), that will feature the CSAR radio and the US Navy’s Digital Modular Radio (DMR), which is also powered by Altera FPGAs.

Altera and General Dynamics Decisions Systems will jointly present a paper on developing FPGA cores for SDR, and Altera will present a separate paper on using FPGA co-processors in SDR architectures. Details on these paper presentations are below.

Synthesizing FPGA Cores for Software-Defined Radio
Advances in integrated digital signal processing (DSP) functions within FPGA architectures now exceed the performance that can be achieved with stand-alone DSP processors. This paper describes an overall SDR design that implements DSP core functions by applying the parameterizable requirements that generate the specific functions for various communications waveforms. The integration process, command and control interfaces, data structures, and signal flow of such an implementation are all detailed. It will be presented in:

Poster Session #10
Nov. 19, 2003
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Using FPGA Co-Processors in Software-Defined Radio System Architectures
SDR systems require flexibility, long life-cycles, low cost and low power requirements. This paper describes an SDR architecture based on a combination of processors and FPGA co-processors and details the benefits of this approach, which delivers a fully programmable architecture capable of providing the high signal-processing performance and other capabilities required for an optimal SDR system design. It will be presented in:

Poster Session #9
Nov. 18, 2003
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

SDR Forum 2003, Nov. 17-19, 2003
Booth #28
Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Orlando, Fla.

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