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A Vision for 5G Channel Coding

A Vision for 5G Channel Coding
A Vision for 5G Channel Coding
Channel coding is a vital but complex component of cellular communication systems, which is used for correcting the communication errors that are caused by noise, interference and poor signal strength. The turbo code was selected as the main channel code in 3G and 4G cellular systems, but the 3GPP standardization group is currently debating whether it should be replaced by the Low Density Parity Check (LDPC) code in 5G. This debate is being driven by the requirements for 5G, which include throughputs of up to 20 Gbps in the downlink to user devices, ultra-low latencies, as well as much greater flexibility to support diverse use-cases, including broadband data, Internet of Things (IoT), vehicular communications and cloud computing. In our previous white paper, we demonstrated that flexible turbo codes can achieve these requirements with superior hardware- and energy-efficiencies than flexible LDPC decoders. However, the proponents of LDPC codes have highlighted that inflexible LDPC decoders can achieve throughputs of 20 Gbps with particularly attractive hardware- and energy- efficiencies. This white paper outlines a vision for 5G, in which channel coding is provided by a flexible turbo code for most use-cases, but which is supported by an inflexible LDPC code for 20 Gbps downlink use-cases, such as fixed wireless broadband. We demonstrate that this approach can meet all of the 5G requirements, while offering hardware- and energy-efficiencies that are significantly better than those of an LDPC-only solution. Furthermore, the proposed approach benefits from synergy with the 3G and 4G turbo code, as well as a significantly faster time-to-market for 5G. These benefits translate to a 5G that is significantly more capable, significantly easier to deploy and significantly lower cost.
Maunder, Robert G
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Maunder, Robert G
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(2016) A Vision for 5G Channel Coding. AccelerComm White Paper.

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Channel coding is a vital but complex component of cellular communication systems, which is used for correcting the communication errors that are caused by noise, interference and poor signal strength. The turbo code was selected as the main channel code in 3G and 4G cellular systems, but the 3GPP standardization group is currently debating whether it should be replaced by the Low Density Parity Check (LDPC) code in 5G. This debate is being driven by the requirements for 5G, which include throughputs of up to 20 Gbps in the downlink to user devices, ultra-low latencies, as well as much greater flexibility to support diverse use-cases, including broadband data, Internet of Things (IoT), vehicular communications and cloud computing. In our previous white paper, we demonstrated that flexible turbo codes can achieve these requirements with superior hardware- and energy-efficiencies than flexible LDPC decoders. However, the proponents of LDPC codes have highlighted that inflexible LDPC decoders can achieve throughputs of 20 Gbps with particularly attractive hardware- and energy- efficiencies. This white paper outlines a vision for 5G, in which channel coding is provided by a flexible turbo code for most use-cases, but which is supported by an inflexible LDPC code for 20 Gbps downlink use-cases, such as fixed wireless broadband. We demonstrate that this approach can meet all of the 5G requirements, while offering hardware- and energy-efficiencies that are significantly better than those of an LDPC-only solution. Furthermore, the proposed approach benefits from synergy with the 3G and 4G turbo code, as well as a significantly faster time-to-market for 5G. These benefits translate to a 5G that is significantly more capable, significantly easier to deploy and significantly lower cost.

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Published date: 14 October 2016
Organisations: Southampton Wireless Group

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Local EPrints ID: 401809
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/401809
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