This paper describes the structure of a signal interpolator chip to be used in medium-to-high data rate digital modems, based on the so-called ''Systolic Macrocells'' design style. In particular, we focus on a third-order polynomial interpolation algorithm, as a good trade-off between the contrasting needs of high accuracy and low complexity/cost. We also present a concise description of the architecture of the chip through a functional description of the main basic systolic macrocells it is composed of. Despite the apparent complexity of the architecture, the basic cells of each bit-level systolic array are remarkably simple and homogeneous: they are mainly composed by delays and summing elements such as full and half adders, so that their realization does not represent a difficult design task. The interpolator chip has been completely laid out assuming a 1.2 mum CMOS technology and occupies a silicon area of 5 x 4.5 mm2, pad included. In particular, we envisage an operating clock frequency of 70 MHz, so that the chip can process sequences of 8 bit words at the rate of 17.5 MSamples/s with a power supply requirement of less than 0.5 W (1).
File in questo prodotto:
Non ci sono file associati a questo prodotto.