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LDPC code block segmentation and CRC attachment



cbs = nrCodeBlockSegmentLDPC(blk,bgn) splits the input data block blk into code block segments based on the base graph number bgn, as specified in TS 38.212 Section 5.2.2 [1]. The function appends cyclic redundancy check (CRC) and filler bits to each code block segment in cbs (if applicable). nrCodeBlockSegmentLDPC provides input to low-density parity-check (LDPC) coders in transport channels, including downlink and uplink shared channels, and paging channels.


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Create a random sequence of binary input data.

in = randi([0,1],4000,1);

Perform LDPC code block segmentation.

cbs1 = nrCodeBlockSegmentLDPC(in,1); 
cbs2 = nrCodeBlockSegmentLDPC(in,2);

When the base graph number is 1, the segmentation results in one code block segment. When the base graph number is 2, the segmentation results in two code block segments. Segmentation occurs only if the input length is greater than the maximum code block size. The maximum code block size is 8448 when the base graph number is 1 and 3840 when the base graph number is 2.

ans = 1×2

        4224           1

ans = 1×2

        2080           2

Create a ramp data input and perform code block segmentation.

cbs = nrCodeBlockSegmentLDPC([1:4000]',2);

The input of length 4000 is split into two code block segments of equal size with 24B CRC and filler bits attached. To see how the input maps onto the output, plot the input data indices relative to the corresponding code block segment indices.

xlabel('Code Block Bit Indices');
ylabel('Input Data Bit Indices + CRC/Filler');
title('Code Block Segmentation Operation')

Input Arguments

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Input data block, specified as a column vector of real numbers.

Data Types: double | int8 | logical

Base graph number, specified as 1 or 2.

Data Types: double

Output Arguments

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Code block segments, returned as an integer or real matrix. Each column corresponds to a separate code block segment. The number of code block segments depends on the maximum code block size of the LDPC coder, Kcb, and the length of the input blk, B. If bgn is set to 1, Kcb = 8448. If bgn is set to 2, Kcb = 3840. If BKcb, then the function does not perform segmentation and does not append CRC to the resulting code block. If B > Kcb, the segmentation results in several smaller code blocks with a type-24B CRC bits appended.

The function appends filler bits to each code block (with or without CRC) if necessary. The filler bits ensure that the code block segments entering the LDPC coder have a valid length and are a multiple of the LDPC lifting size. To accommodate the filler bits represented by –1, the data type of cbs is cast to int8 when the input blk is logical. Otherwise, cbs inherits the data type of the input blk.

Data Types: double | int8


[1] 3GPP TS 38.212. “NR; Multiplexing and channel coding.” 3rd Generation Partnership Project; Technical Specification Group Radio Access Network.

Extended Capabilities

C/C++ Code Generation
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Version History

Introduced in R2018b