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Photron, AccelChip apply digital filter design into FPGAs for wireless tech

Posted: 20 Jun 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:accelchip? wireless communications? fpga? 100bps/hz?

Photron Technologies Ltd and AccelChip Inc. have redefined the next-generation of wireless communications with the FPGA implementation of a patented digital filter that will be a vital part for wireless data transmission rates of 100bps/Hz.

The devices will be the core of a dynamic new technology known as Ultra Spectral Modulation (USM). Developed by Photron, USM technology provides wireless data transmission rates of 5Mbps through a narrow 50Kz channel. Current technologies require channel bandwidths that are 25x larger.

The key to achieving the FPGA hardware implementation solution in a short period of time was an extraordinary and revolutionary combination of software and hardware expertise. The design flow was comprised of MATLAB simulation software and AccelChip Inc.'s AccelChip DSP Synthesis and AccelWare DSP IP core generators. These innovative software combinations, coupled with powerful FPGA development hardware and software, allowed the respective engineering teams to reduce the hardware development time to one-third the time of a traditional approach.

Dale Kluesing, CTO, Photron Technologies, stated, "Our initial design was a very traditional textbook approach; however, with the AccelChip tools, we were able to explore many options and still complete the design in only a few short months."

"With the growing importance in getting products to market faster, anything a company can do to decrease its design time will have an impact on the bottom line," said Vin Ratford, president, CEO, AccelChip "Our products can improve design productivity up to 20x by shortening the time between algorithm development and silicon implementation," added Ratford.

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