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Designing and Developing Pulse Doppler Radars Using FPGAs

Michael Parker, Altera
Neil Ding, MathWorks

Learn how radar system engineers can reduce the time required to model, simulate, and implement radar system designs and their constituent signal processing algorithms. 

In this presentation, engineers from MathWorks and Altera demonstrate how MATLAB and the Phased Array System Toolbox can be used for radar algorithm development and end-to-end system level simulation, and demonstrate the implementation of algorithms in floating-point using the Altera DSP Builder Advanced Blockset to perform pulse compression, MTI , Doppler processing (using FFT corner-turn with DDR interfacing) and detection processing using FPGAs.

Topics Covered:

  • Introduction to radar system modeling with MATLAB and Phased Array System Toolbox
  • Radar algorithm evaluation and trade-offs with practical constraints, including comparison of both fixed and floating point receiver processing
  • Implementation of Pulse-Doppler algorithms using complete model from transmit chirp pulse generation to receive detection processing
  • Implementation of FPGA processing in single-precision floating point

About the Presenters:

Michael Parker is DSP Product Planning Architect for Altera Corporation. Mr. Parker joined Altera in 2007, and has over 20 years of DSP wireless engineering experience with Alvarion, Soma Networks, TCSI, Stanford Telecom, and numerous startup companies. He holds an MSEE from Santa Clara University, and BSEE from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Neil Ding is a principal engineer specializing in the field of signal processing and communications at MathWorks. Prior to joining MathWorks in 2007, he worked for a number of commercial electronics companies, including Texas Instruments, Cisco Systems and Samsung Mobile,. He holds B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering.

Product Focus

- Phased Array System Toolbox

- DSP Builder Advanced Blockset

- Qsys Integration Tool

Product Focus

  • HDL Coder
  • HDL Verifier

Recorded: 7 Dec 2011