Abstract— A new architecture for matching the data protected with an error-correcting code (ECC) is presented in this brief to reduce latency and complexity. Based on the fact that the codeword of an ECC is usually represented in a systematic form consisting of the raw data and the parity information generated by encoding, the proposed architecture parallelizes the comparison of the data and that of the parity information. To further reduce the latency and complexity, in addition, a new butterfly-formed weight accumulator (BWA) is proposed for the efficient computation of the Hamming distance. Grounded on the BWA, the proposed architecture examines whether the incoming data matches the stored data if a certain number of erroneous bits are corrected. < Final Year Projects > For a (40, 33) code, the proposed architecture reduces the latency and the hardware complexity by ∼32% and 9%, respectively, compared with the most recent implementation.
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