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Next-Generation Channel Coding Towards Terabit/s Wireless Communications

Wehn, Norbert; Sahin, Onur

The continuous demands on increased spectral efficiency, higher throughput, lower latency and lower energy in communication systems impose large challenges on the baseband processing in wireless communication. This applies in particular to channel  coding (Forward Error Correction) that is a core technology component in any digital baseband. Future Beyond- 5G use cases are expected to require wireless data rates in the Terabit/s range in a power envelope in the order of 1-10 Watts. In the past, progress in microelectronic silicon technology driven by Moore’s law was an enabler of large leaps in throughput, lower latency, lower power etc. However, we have reached a point where microelectronics can no more keep pace with the increased requirements from  communication systems. In addition, advanced technology nodes imply new challenges such as reliability, power density, cost etc. Thus, channel coding for Beyond-5G systems requires a real cross layer approach, covering information theory, algorithm  development, parallel hardware architectures and semiconductor technology. The EPIC project addresses these challenges and aims to develop new Forward Error Correction (FEC) schemes for future Beyond-5G use cases targeting a throughput in the Tb/s range. Focus will be on the most advanced FEC schemes, i.e. Turbo codes, Low Density Parity Check (LDPC) codes and Polar codes

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