Energy-Efficient High-Throughput VLSI Architectures for Product-Like Codes
Journal article, 2019

Implementing forward error correction (FEC) for modern long-haul fiber-optic communication systems is a challenge, since these high-throughput systems require FEC circuits that can combine high coding gains and energy-efficient operation. We present VLSI decoder architectures for product-like codes for systems with strict throughput and power dissipation requirements. To reduce energy dissipation, our architectures are designed to minimize data transfers in and out of memory blocks, and to use parallel non-iterative component decoders. Using a mature 28-nm VLSI process technology node, we showcase different product and staircase decoder implementations that have the capacity to exceed 1-Tb/s information throughputs with energy efficiencies of around 2 pJ/bit.


Christoffer Fougstedt

Chalmers, Computer Science and Engineering (Chalmers), Computer Engineering (Chalmers)

Per Larsson-Edefors

Chalmers, Computer Science and Engineering (Chalmers), Computer Engineering (Chalmers)

Journal of Lightwave Technology

0733-8724 (ISSN) 1558-2213 (eISSN)

Vol. 37 2 477-485 8611331

Energy-efficient optical fibre communication

Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation (KAW2013.0021), 2014-07-01 -- 2019-06-30.

Areas of Advance

Information and Communication Technology

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Subject Categories


Communication Systems

Other Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering



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