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ISRN Sensor Networks
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 650740, 12 pages
Research Article

Low Power Decoding of LDPC Codes

Telecommunications Research Laboratory (TRL), Toshiba Research Europe Ltd., 32 Queen Square, Bristol BS1 4ND, UK

Received 27 November 2012; Accepted 19 December 2012

Academic Editors: M. Ekström and Y. Yu

Copyright © 2013 Mohamed Ismail et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Wireless sensor networks are used in many diverse application scenarios that require the network designer to trade off different factors. Two such factors of importance in many wireless sensor networks are communication reliability and battery life. This paper describes an efficient, low complexity, high throughput channel decoder suited to decoding low-density parity-check (LDPC) codes. LDPC codes have demonstrated excellent error-correcting ability such that a number of recent wireless standards have opted for their inclusion. Hardware realisation of practical LDPC decoders is a challenging area especially when power efficient solutions are needed. Implementation details are given for an LDPC decoding algorithm, termed adaptive threshold bit flipping (ATBF), designed for low complexity and low power operation. The ATBF decoder was implemented in 90 nm CMOS at 0.9 V using a standard cell design flow and was shown to operate at 250 MHz achieving a throughput of 252 Gb/s/iteration. The decoder area was 0.72 mm2 with a power consumption of 33.14 mW and a very small energy/decoded bit figure of 1.3 pJ.