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Congrats to Chris, Ray and Ross for having their abstract accepted for the 41st Association for Research in Otolaryngology MidWinter Meeting

Abstract Title: An Open FPGA-based Computational Platform for Developing Real-Time Cochlear and Hearing-Aid Processors


Author(s)
Christopher Casebeer - Montana State University - Bozeman; Flat Earth Inc. (Role: Presenting Author)
Raymond J. Weber - Flat Earth Inc. (Role: Co-Author)
Ross K. Snider - Montana State University - Bozeman; Flat Earth Inc. (Role: Co-Author)

Topic
Auditory Prostheses

Abstract

Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) provide flexible computational architectures that are ideal for digital signal processing (DSP).    With support of a NIH/NIDCD SBIR grant*, we are developing an open FPGA platform for the speech and hearing research community where one of the objectives is to develop open hearing-aid and cochlear processors.   The advantage of the FPGA computational platform over conventional CPU approaches is the ability to implement low-latency high-performance signal processing with deterministic latencies.   

The hardware portion of the platform includes audio I/O, an audio codec, and an Intel FPGA with flexible I/O.   Development of signal processing algorithms uses Mathwork’s Simulink, which allows exploration and modeling of signal processing algorithms.   Once a Simulink model has been developed, VHDL code can be generated that implements the signal processing in the FPGA fabric where the FPGA functions as a real-time signal processor.  

We are currently soliciting ideas/feedback from the speech and hearing community as to what features they would like to see in the next iteration of the open FPGA-based computational platform.

 www.flatearthinc.com / www.openspeechtools.com

*NIH/NIDCD R44DC015443