# Questions tagged [digital-communications]

Digital Communication is the physical transfer of data (a digital bit stream) over a point-to-point or point-to-multipoint communication channel.

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### Understanding the Matched Filter

I have a question about matched filtering. Does the matched filter maximise the SNR at the moment of decision only? As far as I understand, if you put, say, NRZ through a matched filter, the SNR ...
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### Location of Matched Filter

In a digital communication receiver, matched filter(SRRC filter) is used. In different literatures, the location of the matched filter is mentioned in two different places. One is just after the ADC ...
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### Phase synchronization in BPSK

In BPSK for demodulation at the receiver end we do phase recovery between received wave and carrier wave. We can find the phase difference between the carrier and received waves using : PLL And ...
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### Deriving SER & BER for 4QAM, 16QAM and 32QAM

Required to find symbol error rate vs $\dfrac{E_b}{N_0}$ for 4QAM, 16QAM & 32QAM. Thought that SER & BER are the same but did my research to find that BER is $\dfrac{1}{\log_2(M)}$ of SER...(...
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### How is symbol synchronization with OFDM done?

I'm trying to understand how symbol synchronization is done in OFDM using pilot tones, cyclic prefixes, or any other technique. I've read the following answers which provide some explanation, but I ...
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### Processing OBPSK as OQPSK

I'm trying to create and process an OBPSK signal, which, as I understand it, transmits even bits on one axis and the odd bits on the opposite axis, resulting in a constellation with 4 unique points. ...
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### How to perform carrier phase recovery in software?

What are the options for recovering the phase of a BPSK signal in software? The only resources I can find online contain circuit diagrams – there seems to be no one willing to explain this to people ...
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I have a question: What is the difference between $I \cos(t) - Q \sin(t)$ and $I \cos(t) + Q \sin(t)$ except that they are phase shifted 90 degrees ? On the internet I can find both ...
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### Extracting Binary Magnetic-Strip Card Data from raw WAV

I am faced with a tricky challenge: To extract binary data from an iPhone magnetic strip card reader. This is what the magnetisation on the card looks like: Source Here is the .WAV the iPhone ...
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### Relation between Bandwidth and Baud-Rate for 8-PSK

I have a query on relationship between Baud Rate and Bandwidth for 8-PSK. In 8-PSK as 3 bits together form a symbol, so Bandwidth = 2R/3 , R is Bit Rate As bit ...
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### How to estimate and compensate for doppler shift in wireless signals?

I was wondering what good method(s) exist for the estimation (and subsequent compensation) of doppler shift for transmitted signals, be they acoustic or RF, in the context of comms. The question: ...
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### MATLAB : Proper estimation of weights and how to calculate MSE for QPSK signal for Constant Modulus Algorithm

I had asked conceptual Question about Constant Modulus Algorithm. I am implementing the simple steps of the algorithm, as I do not have the cma() built in module. ...
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### Why is CDMA not enough for wireless communication?

I have a question about CDMA, FDMA and TDMA. I don't understand why we suffer from limited capacity when we have CDMA. I can understand the limitation in FDMA and TDMA, as time and frequency are ...
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### Loop bandwidth for symbol timing recovery

I am trying to design the Symbol timing recovery (STR) block of DVBS Receiver. How should I chose the loop bandwidth and damping ratio for determining the loop filter coefficients $k_1$ and $k_2$? ...
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### baseband and passband modulation

I have a simulink model over 2.4GHz. In the transmitter part, the modulation is O-QPSK modulated baseband instead of passband modulation. In Matlab Help this is the reason of using baseband ...
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### How to Simulate AWGN (Additive White Gaussian Noise) in Communication Systems for Specific Bandwidth

I am trying to generate a AWGN waveform to add it to the signal of my simulated communication system. The operating bandwidth of the communication system is about ...
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### Pulse Shaping in Digital communication

I am new here. I hope I can get help. I want to ask a question regarding digital communication. Does anyone know what are pulse shaping used for? Are they used for ISI mitigation or for something ...
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### Method of reconstructing a band-limited signal from discrete samples

I understand current cell phones use digital communications. Given that this industry brings in billions of dollars each year, there is much incentive to get the best performance possible. So what ...
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### Cyclic prefix vs. guard interval. Why use one over the other?

I'm currently studying some OFDM techniques, and have found that in order to avoid Inter-Symbol Interference (ISI), there needs to be some space in between symbols. Lets assume this length to be $\mu$....
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### Basic “filtering” in digital communications

I am completely stuck on solving some problems for my digital communications class. Junior level undergrad class, so fairly basic. I have been searching around all day for related articles etc but can'...
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### Using MIMO with DS-CDMA and spread spectrum

I have a question about using MIMO with DS-CDMA. suppose we are using 4 TX antennas, and 4 RX antennas, then the Reyleigh ...
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### Alamouti code after or before IFFT block in OFDM

We are trying to implement Alamouti STBC on underlying ofdm signal. We were thinking as to where to write alamouti coder block. I thought we could write it after the cyclic prefixer block as we get a ...
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### Computing the decimation ratio between two m-sequences

Let's suppose I have an LFSR that generates an m-sequence $y_1[k]$ --- in other words, the LFSR has $N$ bits and $y_1[k]$ has period $m=2^N - 1$. Now suppose I know someone has decimated this and ...
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### Decoders, Detectors and Demodulators

In digital communication systems, we use forward error correction codes such as LDPC, turbo, convolutional codes (to decrease the bit error), then we have to use an appropriate decoder at the receiver ...
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### What is a constant envelope modulation?

The Book "Digital Modulation Techniques" by Fuqin Xiong groups digital modulation schemes into two classes: "constant envelope" and "nonconstant envelope." However, I was surprised by the inclusion ...
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### Adding AWGN noise with a correct noise power to the signal

I would like to add AWGN noise to my BPSK and QPSK signal. So assume the BPSK signal is x1 and QPSK signal is x2. The ...
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### Sampling signal after root raised cosine

I am generating series of 1 and 0. then pulse shaped them with root raised cosine and after than deciding to do match filtering and recovering the bits however it turns out that I am not getting the ...
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### What does the one-tap equalizer used with OFDM accomplish?

I've read that OFDM normally uses a one-tap equalizer. It seems that a one-tap equalizer could only scale and delay a signal. Why is this useful? I thought multipath was handled through the cyclic-...
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### Power Spectral Density of Digital Modulations

I want to simulate the power spectral densities of different modulations in MATLAB (without Simulink). Unfortunately I have only very basic understanding of signal processing, hence I struggle with ...
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### The difference between MSK as CPFSK and OQPSK

I am working on MSK simulation. I have read the Chapter 5 of book entitled Digital Modulation Techniques by Fuqin Xiong. It is said that MSK can be viewed as a Sinusoidal Weighted OQPSK or CPFSK. If ...
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### What is the theoretical upperbound of information that could be transmitted by a device per second?

Suppose I would like to stream data from a device in a single second. What would be the theoretical upperbound of the amount of information (in bits, bytes, pixels...) that could be sent during this ...
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(This is a follow up question to a previous question: link) I have implemented a flowgraph of a transceiver loopback inspired by the examples found at ...
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### Apply AWGN noise to QPSK-OFDM symbol

I'm working on an OFDM-QPSK based system and I'm having some trouble to match the BER of my system with the theoretical curve. My OFDM implementation fills all the subcarriers and have t_symbol s ...
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### What are the advantages of barker sequence over marker sequnce?

I read that barker sequence is used for synchronization among other uses. Barker sequences are rare and they have special properties - this part I understood. I am missing some thing when I think ...
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### OQPSK vs QPSK envelope query

We use OQPSK because of envelope of signal but my question is "In Phase Shift Keying(or QPSK) the amplitude of the transmitted signal is constant then how the envelope will change in OQPSK"??