Deploying 5G NR Wireless Communications on FPGAs: A Complete MATLAB and Simulink Workflow

Designing innovative wireless communication devices requires close collaboration across multiple disciplines. Deploying algorithmic models to FPGA hardware enables rapid prototyping and over-the-air testing, and automatically generating HDL code directly from system-level algorithms eliminates time-consuming steps in implementation and verification.

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Using a 5G NR Cell Search design to illustrate the process, this white paper describes the workflow for converting MATLAB® algorithms and Simulink® models directly to HDL for FPGAs.

  • 5G NR standard-compliant algorithmic modeling with MATLAB and LTE Toolbox™
  • Transitioning from a frame-based MATLAB algorithm to a streaming Simulink implementation
  • Fixed-point implementation using Fixed-Point Designer™ and target hardware knowledge
  • Speeding design by using proven intellectual property (IP) blocks
  • Generating HDL and deploying on target hardware, in this case a Xilinx® Zynq® device

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