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Unified turbo/LDPC code decoder architecture for deep-space communications
Deep-space communications are characterized by extremely critical conditions; current standards foresee the usage of both turbo and low-density-parity-check (LDPC) codes to ensure recovery from received errors, but each of them displays consistent drawbacks. Code concatenation is widely used in all kinds of communication to boost the error correction capabilities of single codes; serial concatenation of turbo and LDPC codes has been recently proven effective enough for deep space communications, being able to overcome the shortcomings of both code types. This work extends the performance analysis of this scheme and proposes a novel hardware decoder architecture for concatenated turbo and LDPC codes based on the same decoding algorithm. This choice leads to a high degree of datapath and memory sharing; postlayout implementation results obtained with complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) 90 nm technology show small area occupation (0.98 mm2) and very low power consumption (2.1 mW).
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