Postprint version. Published in 2011 Third International Conference on Measuring Technology and Mechatronics Automation Proceedings: Shanghai, CN, Volume 1, January 6, 2011, pages 158-161.
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NOTE: At the time of publication, the author Bridget Benson was not yet affiliated with Cal Poly.
Conventional time domain symbol synchronizer uses static predefined threshold to evaluate the level of environment noise and extract synchronization signal, but is less feasible to apply in underwater acoustic channel because of the great delay and noise variance make the threshold definition inaccurate. The paper provides a new hardware scheme using real time orthogonal sliding correlation as adaptive threshold to build a symbol synchronizer suitable for an underwater FSK acoustic receiver. The design has been implemented and evaluated on FPGA board. Both the simulation and real data experimental results show that the design provides accurate synchronization which consumes 9% of resources slices.
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