Articles | Volume 12
Adv. Radio Sci., 12, 187–195, 2014
https://doi.org/10.5194/ars-12-187-2014
Adv. Radio Sci., 12, 187–195, 2014
https://doi.org/10.5194/ars-12-187-2014

  10 Nov 2014

10 Nov 2014

Improved fault tolerance of Turbo decoding based on optimized index assignments

J. Geldmacher and J. Götze J. Geldmacher and J. Götze
  • TU Dortmund University, Information Processing Lab, Otto-Hahn-Str. 4, 44227 Dortmund, Germany

Abstract. This paper investigates the impact of an error-prone buffer memory on a channel decoder as employed in modern digital communication systems. On one hand this work is motivated by the fact that energy efficient decoder implementations may not only be achieved by optimizations on algorithmic level, but also by chip-level modifications. One of such modifications is so called aggressive voltage scaling of buffer memories, which, while achieving reduced power consumption, also injects errors into the likelihood values used during the decoding process. On the other hand, it has been recognized that the ongoing increase of integration density with smaller structures makes integrated circuits more sensitive to process variations during manufacturing, and to voltage and temperature variations. This may lead to a paradigm shift from 100 %-reliable operation to fault tolerant signal processing. Both reasons are the motivation to discuss the required co-design of algorithms and underlying circuits. For an error-prone receive buffer of a Turbo decoder the influence of quantizer design and index assignment on the error resilience of the decoding algorithm is discussed. It is shown that a suitable design of both enables a compensation of hardware induced bits errors with rates up to 1 % without increasing the computational complexity of the decoder.