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DSP implementation of Turbo codes using the soft output Viterbi algorithm.

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There are various algorithms used for the iterative decoding of two-dimensional systematic convolutional codes in applications such as spread-spectrum communications and CDMA detection. The main objective of these decoding schemes is to approach the Shannon limit in signal-to-noise ratio while keeping the system complexity and processing delay to a minimum. One such scheme proposed recently is termed Turbo (de)coding. Through the use of Log-likelihood algebra, it is shown that a decoder can be developed which accepts soft inputs as a priori information and delivers soft outputs consisting of channel information, a priori information and extrinsic information to subsequent stages of iteration. The output is then used as the a priori input information for the next iteration.

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