Type of Document Master's Thesis Author Irick, Charles Robert Author's Email Address email@example.com URN etd-06072010-203946 Title Enhancing GNU Radio for Hardware Accelerated Radio Design Degree Master of Science Department Electrical and Computer Engineering Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Athanas, Peter M. Committee Chair Schaumont, Patrick Robert Committee Member Tront, Joseph G. Committee Member Keywords
- GNU Radio
Date of Defense 2010-06-04 Availability unrestricted AbstractAs technology evolves and new methods for designing radios arise, it becomes necessary
to continue the search for fast and flexible development environments. Some of these
new technologies include software defined radio (SDR), Field Programmable Gate Arrays
(FPGAs), and the open source project GNU Radio. Software defined radio is a concept
that GNU Radio has harnessed to allow developers to quickly create flexible radio designs.
In terms of hardware, the maturity of FPGAs give radio designers new opportunities to
develop high-speed radios having high-throughput and low-latency, yet the conventional
build-time for FPGAs is a limiting factor for productivity. Recent research has lead to
reductions in build-time by using FPGAs in a non-traditional manner, meaning produc-
tivity no longer has to be sacrificed. The AgileHW project demonstrated this concept and
will be used as a basis to develop an overlaying architecture that uses a combination of
the technologies mentioned to create a flexible, open, and efficient environment for radio
development. This thesis discusses the realization of this architecture with the use of
Xilinx FPGAs as a hardware accelerator for an enhanced GNU Radio.
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