Putting FPGAs to Work in Software Radio Systems (Ninth Edition)

Preface FPGAs have become an increasingly important resource for software radio systems. Programmable logic technology now offers significant advantages for implementing software radio functions such as DDCs (). Over the past few years, the functions associated with DDCs have seen a shift from being delivered in (Application-Specific ICs) to operating as IP (Intellectual Property) in FPGAs.

For many applications, this implementation shift brings advantages that include design flexibility, higher precision processing, higher channel density, lower power, and lower cost per channel. With the advent of each new, higher-performance family, these benefits continue to increase.

This handbook introduces the basics of FPGA technology and its relationship to (Software-Defined Radio) systems. A review of Pentek’s GateFlow FPGA Design Resources is followed by a discussion of features and benefits of FPGA-based DDCs.

Pentek SDR products that utilize FPGA technology and applications based on such products are also presented.

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