Parallel processing speed increase of the one-bit auto-correlation function in hardware

Huber, Nicolas, Hromalik-Pouchet, M S, Carozzi, T D, Gough, M P and Buckley, A M (2011) Parallel processing speed increase of the one-bit auto-correlation function in hardware. Microprocessors and Microsystems, 35. pp. 297-307.

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Recently, a serial implementation of the one-bit auto- and cross-correlation functions (ACF and CCF respectively) in a field programmable gate array (FPGA) has been developed, based on asynchronous delay elements and counters, known as the counterbased correlation. This paper proposes a method of parallelizing this otherwise serial process, offering significant improvements in the applicability of this approach to more types of ACF. Furthermore, the possibility of obtaining lag results from a parallel data sequence without first shifting the entire sequence has been realized, hence decreasing the number of clock cycles necessary for the calculation of the ACF. A synchronous design was preferred here for reasons of stability and portability, the technology of choice again being an FPGA. The advantages offered by the counterbased implementation in terms of device area usage and speed still apply. A practical implementation in the instrumentation of an upcoming space mission is also discussed. Keywords: Parallelization; Counterbased; Auto-correlation; FPGA

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Engineering and Design
Depositing User: Nicolas Huber
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 18:44
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2012 17:01
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