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Master of Science (MS)


Electrical and Computer Engineering


Jacob H. Gunther


This pro ject summarizes the design and implementation of field programmable gate array (FPGA) based digital signal processing (DSP) hardware meant to be used in a software radio system. The filters and processing were first designed in MATLAB and then implemented using very high speed integrated circuit hardware description language (VHDL). Since this hardware is meant for a software radio system, making the hardware flexible was the main design goal. Flexibility in the FPGA design was reached using VHDL generics and generate for loops. The hardware was verified using MATLAB generated signals as stimulus to the VHDL design and comparing the VHDL output with the corresponding MATLAB calculated signal. Using this verification method, the VHDL design was verified post place and route (PAR) on several different Virtex family FPGAs.