Verify Viterbi Decoder Using MATLAB System Object and FPGA-in-the-Loop
This example shows you how to use MATLAB® System objects and FPGA-in-the-Loop to simulate a Viterbi decoder implemented in VHDL® on an FPGA.
Set FPGA Design Software Environment
Before using FPGA-in-the-Loop, make sure your system environment is set up properly for accessing FPGA design software. You can use the function hdlsetuptoolpath to add FPGA design software to the system path for the current MATLAB session.
Click the Open Script button. Then, launch the FIL Wizard prepopulated with the Viterbi example information. Enter your FPGA board information in the first step, follow every step of the Wizard and generate the FPGA programming file and FIL System object.
Program the FPGA with the generated programming file. Before continuing, make sure the FIL Wizard has finished the FPGA programming file generation. Also make sure your FPGA board is turned on and connected properly.
Set Simulation Parameters and Instantiate Communication System Objects
The following code sets up the simulation parameters and instantiates the system objects that represent the channel encoder, BPSK modulator, AWGN channel, BPSK demodulator, and error rate calculator. Those objects comprise the system around the Viterbi decoder and can be thought of as the test bed for the Viterbi HDL implementation.
EsNo = 0; % Energy per symbol to noise power spectrum density ratio in dB FrameSize = 1024; % Number of bits in each frame
% Convolution Encoder hConEnc = comm.ConvolutionalEncoder; % BPSK Modulator hMod = comm.BPSKModulator; % AWGN channel hChan = comm.AWGNChannel('NoiseMethod', ... 'Signal to noise ratio (Es/No)',... 'SamplesPerSymbol',1,... 'EsNo',EsNo); % BPSK demodulator hDemod = comm.BPSKDemodulator('DecisionMethod','Log-likelihood ratio',... 'Variance',0.5*10^(-EsNo/10)); % Error Rate Calculator hError = comm.ErrorRate('ComputationDelay',100,'ReceiveDelay', 58);
Instantiate the FPGA-in-the-Loop System Object
viterbi_block_fil is a customized FILSimulation System object, which represents the HDL implementation of the Viterbi decoder running on the FPGA in this simulation system.
hDec = viterbi_block_fil;
Run the Simulation
This example simulates the BPSK communication system in MATLAB incorporating the Viterbi decoder HDL implementation via the FPGA-in-the-Loop System object. This section of the code calls the processing loop to process the data frame-by-frame with 1024 bits in each data frame.
for counter = 1:20480/FrameSize data = randi([0 1],FrameSize,1); encodedData = step(hConEnc, data); modSignal = step(hMod, encodedData); receivedSignal = step(hChan, modSignal); demodSignalSD = step(hDemod, receivedSignal); quantizedValue = fi(4-demodSignalSD,0,3,0); input1 = quantizedValue(1:2:2*FrameSize); input2 = quantizedValue(2:2:2*FrameSize); % Send/receive 1 frame to/from the HDL viterbi decoder on the FPGA [ce_out, receivedBits] = step(hDec,input1, input2); errors = step(hError, data, double(receivedBits)); end
Display the Bit-Error Rate
The Bit-Error Rate is displayed for the Viterbi decoder.
sprintf('Bit Error Rate is %d\n',errors(1))
This concludes the "Verifying Viterbi Decoder Using MATLAB System Object and FPGA-in-the-Loop" example.