Putting FPGAs to Work in Software Radio Systems Seventh Edition

This handbook introduces the basics of technology and its relationship to (Software Defined Radio) systems.

A review of ’s Resources is followed by a discussion of features and benefits of FPGA-based DDCs. When compared on a size/power/cost per channel basis, narrowband, high-channel-count cores can be very efficiently implemented in FPGAs. Implementation of wideband DDCs consumes many more FPGA and logic resources. As a result, the number of channels that can be fit into a single FPGA is limited. Even with less cost-effective wideband DDCs, the custom IP approach can usually provide the only viable solution when a specific performance characteristic is required.

One of the fundamental concepts of SDR () is that it is difficult, if not impossible, to achieve with -based solutions. Pentek SDR products that utilize FPGA technology and applications based on such products are also presented. Choosing the best FPGA vendor often hinges heavily on the quality of the design tools available to support the parts.