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Theoretical Review of FFT Implementations for Digital Signal Processors

Abstract

The discrete Fourier transform (DFT) is one of the most pivotal tools employed in the realm of digital signal

processing and Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) is a powerful algorithm optimization of DFT. The world is fast moving

from analog to digital and in essence, FFT thrives to achieve the same. Though the outputs of DFT and FFT are the

same, the difference lies in the algorithm that is optimized to amputate redundant calculations. Several algorithms

have been developed to improve the computation time of FFT the overall aim herein remains the same i.e. to

reduce the number of complex calculations. This paper aims to throw light on different implementations through

which the efficiency of FFT can be augmented to design more powerful signal processors.

 1. Introduction 1.1. Fourier Series

Fourier series is a representation of a periodic function as a sum of sines and cosines.

Solving for coeficient gives,

• 1.2. Fourier Series Transform

The practice of isolating a signal into individual frequencies is known as a Fourier transform. The

applications include audio processing wherein individual sounds from a recording are picked out using this

series transform.

• 1.3. Discrete Fourier Transform

Given a sequence of N samples f(n), indexed by n = 0

..

N-1,

the Discrete Fourier transform (DFT) is defined

as F(k), where k=0 N-1:

..

F(k) are often called the 'Fourier Coefficients' or 'Harmonics'.

An FFT computes the DFT and produces exactly the same result as evaluating the DFT definition directly; the

most important difference is that an FFT is much faster.The DFT is defined by the formula:

Where x0,
....
,
xN−1 be complex numbers
• 2. Problem Analysis

• 2.1. Complexity Bounds The lower bounds on the complexity along with the exact operation counts of FFT continue to be grey areas in the signal processing sphere. Despite of the fact that today’s computers have robust caching mechanisms and optimized process-queuing, the arithmetic count of operations required by FFT is pivotal. It is still not firmly established if FFT in fact require Ω(N log N) or greater operations. The complexity bounds problem analysis has so far been approached using the ordinary complex-data case due to its uncomplicated nature but these are as closely related to FFTs as are the real-data FFTs.

• 2.2. Approximation & Accuracy The trade-off between the approximation error and speed/precision of output is another problem analysis area associated with FFT algorithms. This trade-off can be explained using Guo and Burruswavelet-based approximate FFT which is more efficient than exact FFT as it uses sparse data (input/output). The complexity can be reduced to O(K log(N)log(N/K)) if the data are sparse. Another computational issue linked to FFT algorithms is Accuracy. In fixed-point arithmetic, the finite-precision errors emitted by FFT algorithms are critical and involve re-scaling at each transitional decomposition state (example, Cooley-Tukey).

• 3. Design Requirement, Specifications & Proposed Solutions

• There are multiple ways to decompose an FFT of which Radix-2 is the simplest one. Though, it has been

proven that Radix-4 FFT has a fair advantage in the realm of encrypted domain implementation. In fact,

most common FFTs. Radix-8 is rarely used because of its high complexity and hardware implementations

which have only a slight effect on overall efficiencies. Some illustrations for Radix-2 & Radix-4 FFTs:

3.1. Common-Factor FFTs

Also called as Cooley-Tukey FFTs, Common-Factor FFTs are most common class of FFTs. The factors of N used in decomposition have common factor(s). Radix‐r and Mixed‐radix are further two categories of common FTTs. While for Radix-r, N = rk, and Butterflies used in each stage, for Mixed-radix N ≠ rk necessarily and radices of component butterflies are not all equal

Data flow diagram for N=8: a decimation-in-time radix-2 FFT breaks a length-N DFT into two length-N/2 DFTs followed by a combining stage consisting of many size-2 DFTs called "butterfly" operations (so-called because of the shape of the data-flow diagrams).

3.2. Prime-Factor FFTs

The transform length must be the product of numbers that are relatively prime. Their pros are absence of WN twiddle factor multiplication. Lastly, they have irregular sorting of input and output data and irregular addressing for butterflies. Prime-Factor FFTs constitute of re-indexing of input/output arrays which are then substituted into DFT to get a 2-dimensional DFT. Suppose that N = N 1 N 2 , where N 1 and N 2 are relatively prime. The re-indexing of input n and out k can then be keyed as:

Substituting this re-indexing in the DFT transform formula, we get

The inner and outer sums denoted the DFTs of size N 2 and N 1 , respectively.

3.3. Other FFTs

• 3.3.1. Split‐radix FFTs have N = pk, where p is a small prime number and k is a positive integer, this method can be more efficient than standard radix‐p FFTs. Butterfly for SRFFT algorithm:

• 3.3.2. Winograd Fourier Transform Algorithm (WFTA) is a type of prime factor algorithm based on DFT building blocks using a highly efficient convolution algorithm and requires many additions but only order N multiplications.

• 3.3.3. Goertzel DFT is not considered a normal FFT in that its computational complexity is still order N2 – It allows a subset of the DFT’s N output terms to be efficiently calculated.

4.

Conclusion

There are several research areas that have to be addressed in the future to extend the FFT research for

emerging standards and applications. Though the major area of application for FFTs remain as Digital Signal

Processing, these are also used extensively in Aerospace Industry, energy management systems, image

processing, etc. Thus, the challenges related to computational efficiencies of FFTs remain the focus on

different researches going on in this field.

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