Initial Development Plan for Mobile WiMAX
1 Development/Verification Platform
The expected platform for project development and verification is the ARM-based platform, as
shown in Figure 1. There are 4 main parts of this platform: Main board, FPGA board, ICE and
Software Tool-Chain Package.
C source code(WiMAX MAC)
Software Tool-FPGA Chain Package:Board
(C - Compiler,WiMAX PHY)Debugger andARM Simuator
AMBA AHB Bus
Other ARM9 CPUPeripheraltestchipICEComponents
High Speed PC interface
Figure 1 ARM-based Platform System
? Main Board: contains ARM9 CPU test chip (ARM-926 EJS is recommended), FPGA
socket and other peripherals. The connection between these components is the AMBA bus
(AHB or APB). A high-speed interface to PC is a plus (PCI is recommended) to facilitate
higher-level application development. Referenced price: U$7000.
? FPGA Board: contains an FPGA chip (Xilinx XC2V6000 or Altera StratixEP1S30 is
recommended). WiMAX PHY will be implemented on this board. Referenced price:
? ICE: is the hardware interfacing between software debugger and the ARM CPU. It is
companion with the software debugger. Referenced price: U$6000.
? Software Tool-Chain Package: Includes the program editor, C compiler, software
debugger and ARM simulator. The ARM simulator is the software alias of the hardware
chip. Initially, MAC development is able to target to the simulator instead of the chip.
Referenced price: U$6500.
The above platform is made by ARM itself. For detail price and deliverable information, please
contact with the agents:
? 智原科技 : 03-5787888-8345 吳靜虹.
? 創意電子 : Dr. Wu may provide the way for contact.
There are other companies make ARM-based platform, some locate in Taiwan. However, most of
them have not FPGA board accessories, although the prices are much lower.
2 Proposed Schedule for PHY Development
The following table is the proposed schedule for PHY development (NTHU carry out). Please note
no RF module schedule is set due to the status is still un-clear.
Task Description From ~To Bench Mark Individual Study spec (Section 8.4) and give 8/01/06 ~ Every member has a Module presentations. (The partition of the design 10/31/06 set of complete Development should be re-considered again) (3 months) documents as a tutorial (Ph.D × 2 + Code the design in Verilog for those 11/1/06 ~ 8/31/07 Every design passes Master × 6) deterministic modules and in System C (10 months) the local simulation. A
for those algorithm-based modules first, detail design note is
and then Verilog followed. also available and
approved by J.M. and
J.C. 2 journal papers
are issued. SoC Study the channel model and give 8/01/06 ~ 9/30/06 A set of complete Integration presentations (2 months) slides as a tutorial (Ph.D × 2) Develop the PHY SoC test bench and test 2/01/07 ~ 5/31/07 A detail design note is
vectors in System C (4 months) available and approved
by J.M. and J.C. 1
journal or conference
paper is issued
Integrate all individual modules into an 6/1/07 ~ 8/31/07 Pass all the SoC test
PHY SoC (3 months) vectors. FPGA Download the PHY SoC design 8/01/07 ~ Pass all test scenarios Verification developed previously into FPGA, perform 11/30/07 designated by the (Ph.D × 1 + combinatorial tests with MAC. (4 months) MAC.
Master × 2)
Synthesis Write the synthesis scripts while FPGA 10/1/07 ~ Pass timing analysis
verification is on going. 10/31/07 and pre-simulation Place & Route Write the P&R scripts and complete the 11/01/07 ~ Pass timing analysis
whole process 1/31/08 and post-simulation LVS, DRC 2/1/08 ~ 2/28/08 Pass the tool check FAB + 3/01/08 ~ 5/15/08 10 samples Package
Chip Test Complete the chip test on the environment 5/16/08 ~ 7/15/08
which performs FPGA tests
ISSCC paper Write the paper for 2009 ISSCC 7/15/08 ~ 9/15/08 Issue to 2009 ISSCC
2.1 Schedule - Study Specification and Give Presentation (8/1 ~ 10/30)
The specification of OFDMA-based mobile WiMAX is much more tedious than that of
OFDM-based fixed WiMAX (297 pages vs. 66 pages). A thorough study is necessary to have a clear
1. 不宜用 Power Point (無法置放大圖表), 宜用 WORD.
2. 將瞭解的部分, 換成簡潔清晰的英文或中文, 條列式的表達.(類似 Power Point 的表
3. 經努力查詢後, 不瞭解的部分, 用其他顏色標註.
4. 對於太 trivial 的部分(8.4.5), 不必交代的太 detail, 但要說明其功能及在系統中的意
Topics Presentation Date Person in Charge 8.4.1 Introduction 8.4.2 OFDMA symbol description 8.4.3 OFDMA basic terms definition 8.4.4 Frame structure 8/16/2006 吳秋萍 8.4.6 OFDMA subcarrier allocation
8.4.6 OFDMA subcarrier allocation 22.214.171.124 Uplink 8/23/2006 Lacey 126.96.36.199 Optional reduced AAS private map
(29 pages) (陳蕙如) 8.4.7 OFDMA ranging 8/30/2006 Jesse Chou 8.4.8 Transmit Diversity Space-Time Coding (周哲琛) (48 pages)
8.4.9 Channel coding
8.4.10 Control mechanism
8.4.11 Channel quality measurement
9/13/2006 Jesse Chou 8.4.12 Transmitter requirement
8.4.13 Receive requirement (周哲琛) 8.4.14 Frequency control requirement
8.4.15 Optional HARQ support (37 pages)
8.4.5 Map message fields and IEs 9/20/2006 188.8.131.52 ~ 184.108.40.206.20
(35 pages) C.J.
8.4.5 Map message fields and IEs
9/27/2006 220.127.116.11.21 ~ 18.104.22.168.6 翁志宏 (35 pages)
8.4.5 Map message fields and IEs Hotdog
10/04/2006 22.214.171.124.7 ~ 126.96.36.199.16
(侯俊宇) (35 pages)
8.4.5 Map message fields and IEs
10/11/2006 188.8.131.52.17 ~ 184.108.40.206.2
Alan (35 pages)
2.2 Schedule – Study Channel Modeling and Give Presentation (8/1 ~ 9/30)
2. ITU model
Material: 3. Papers
1. Available specifications for mobile WiMAX (Topics Presentation Date Person in Charge Introduction to channel model 10/18 SeaStar of mobile WiMAX
2.3 Schedule – Discussion of MAC-PHY interface
Topics Presentation Date Person in Charge MAC-PHY interface 10/19 ~ 10/31, 2 meetings All discussion with NTU (Jesse is the contact person)
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