Hardware Optimization for Belief Propagation Polar Code Decoder with Early Stopping Criteria Using High-Speed Parallel-Prefix Ling Adder


40th International Conference on Telecommunications and Signal Processing (TSP), Barcelona, Spain, 5 - 07 July 2017, pp.182-185 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume:
  • Doi Number: 10.1109/tsp.2017.8075964
  • City: Barcelona
  • Country: Spain
  • Page Numbers: pp.182-185
  • Keywords: belief propagation decoder, early stopping criteria, hardware architecture, ling adder, polar code


Belief propagation (BP) polar code decoder is well-studied from many aspects. This study proposes a hardware optimization to improve performance of polar BP decoder by modifying both processing element (PE) and early stopping criterion (ESC). PE is optimized by using high-speed parallel-prefix Ling adder instead of carry ripple adder and WIB ESC introduced in literature is optimized by removing unnecessary adder array. FPGA implementation is made to verify the idea behind this study. The results show that throughput of polar code belief propagation decoder can be increase significantly by using proposed approach. More accurate comparison can be made by application specific chip design with same parameters. This part of the study will be held in future.