A Fast Architecture Exploration Method for High Throughput IEEE 802.11e MAC Implementation Using SystemC

Sung-Rok YOON  Min Li HUANG  Sangho SEO  Hiroshi OCHI  Sin-Chong PARK  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E93-B   No.10   pp.2833-2836
Publication Date: 2010/10/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1587/transcom.E93.B.2833
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: LETTER
Category: Terrestrial Wireless Communication/Broadcasting Technologies
Keyword: 
SystemC,  transaction level modeling,  IEEE 802.11 MAC,  

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Summary: 
This paper presents a fast and systematic architecture exploration method that realizes an efficient IEEE 802.11e based hardware/software co-design Medium Access Control (MAC) system architecture, which can achieve near theoretical MAC throughput for burst data transmission while complying with strict channel access time requirements. Our design approach uses SystemC based Transaction Level Modeling (TLM) framework to integrate reconfigurable general purpose computing and communication resources into the application model for rapid evaluation of core parameters, system performance, and application specific optimizations. As a result, a MAC system architecture that achieves a simulated MAC throughput of more than 100 Mbps when transmitted at 260 Mbps of Physical Layer (PHY) data rate is obtained. This result is verified with X-X-IMPLEMENTATION on a Xilinx Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) board.