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Re: [Discuss-gnuradio] GNU Radio on different platforms.

From: Brian Padalino
Subject: Re: [Discuss-gnuradio] GNU Radio on different platforms.
Date: Sat, 16 Jun 2007 13:07:19 -0400

On 6/16/07, John Kent <address@hidden> wrote:

Are they using a NIOS processor for the USB interface by any chance ?

No, a Cypress FX2 is used for the USB MAC/PHY.  I believe the next
design is going to have an opencores processor within it.

It sounds like the Altera device more closely resembles the Spartan 2.
I have not played with the SRL16 blocks, but it sounds like I should
read up on them.

SRL16 information can be seen here:

For a signal processing prospective, Xilinx has an app note about
writing a CDMA matched filter here:

All the FPGA code I have written so far has been in VHDL rather than
Verilog.  I'm not sure there is really a big difference.

VHDL is based on ADA and is strongly typed.  VHDL also has more
support for configurations, generate loops, etc.

Verilog is a bit more loose and not as high level.  I, too, do most of
my work in VHDL but have some experience within Verilog.

We had a talk at the North East Radio Group a couple of years ago on
digital TV and the guy there talked about encoding the video stream on
1024 separate carriers. It might have been for a repeater system transmitting
on the same frequency though. I'm a bit hazy on the details.

The digital video standard in the United States uses 8-VSB for the
modulation scheme, whereas the rest of the world seems to have settled
on using an OFDM solution.

What you are describing there sounds very much like an OFDM
implementation.  There is currently an effort underway for getting
OFDM working on the USRP.


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