Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Committee Member

Yingtao Jiang

Number of Pages



With the advent of signal processing and wireless communication mobile platform devices, the necessity for data transformation from one form to another becomes an unavoidable aspect. One such mathematical tool that is widely used for transforming time and frequency domain signals is Fourier Transform. Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) is perhaps the fastest way to achieve transformation. Many algorithms and architectures have been designed over the years in an attempt to make FFT algorithms more efficient and to target many applications; The main objective of our work is to design, simulate and implement an architecture based on the Twiddle-Factor-Based decomposition FFT algorithm. The significant feature of the algorithm is its effective memory access reduction that accounts to be as much as 30% lesser than in any other conventional FFT algorithms. As a result of this memory reduction, this algorithm is said to be more power efficient and is said to compute in much lesser number of clock cycles than other algorithms developed; The real focus of the design is to build architecture to map this efficient algorithm on to hardware retaining the maximum efficiency of the algorithm. The complete design, simulation and testing is done using Active-HDL tool which is a VHDL package designed. The architecture designed is found to retain the memory savings capability of the algorithm thus enabling power efficiency.


Algorithm; Architecture; Based; Decomposition; Design; Factors; Fast; Fourier; Implementation; Transform; Twiddle

Controlled Subject

Electrical engineering

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Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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