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A hardware accelerated implementation of the IEEE 802.15.3 MAC protocol


We present a hardware/software implementation of the IEEE 802.15.3 MAC protocol. Processing-intensive and time-critical protocol tasks are handled by a protocol accelerator that is integrated on-chip with a 32-bit general-purpose processor in order to achieve a moderate (20–40 MHz) system clock frequency. This enables low-power wireless devices compliant with this standard, providing high data rate, multimedia communication.

One of the main tasks of the protocol accelerator is to analyze received or transmitted beacons. Based on the channel time allocations broadcast in the beacon and frame information stored in a hardware transmission queue, frames are transmitted without immediate control of the processor. Other features of the protocol accelerator include CRC generation, handling of immediate acknowledgment frames, and direct memory access.

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Dietterle, D., Kraemer, R. A hardware accelerated implementation of the IEEE 802.15.3 MAC protocol. Telecommun Syst 40, 161–167 (2009). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11235-008-9137-6

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  • Personal area networks
  • Protocol implementation
  • Hardware accelerator