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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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increase of encoding rate increases bandwidth?

I came across this paragraph in an article about signal processing. Addition of redundant bits for improving the error probability leads to bandwidth expansion of the transmitted signal by an amount ...
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Which digital modulation scheme would be suitable for transmitting digital data through the output of a PC soundcard

I need to output a data stream at $40\textrm{ kbit/s}$ or faster out of a computer system whose only accessible output peripheral is the audio interface. This interface has reasonable specs, $96\...
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formula to calculate ber in wireless 802.11 according to distance from tx and rx

I'm looking for a formula to calculate the bit error rate of a wifi communication 802.11a/b/g according to the distance between transmitter and receiver.
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Is it possible to transmit and/or receive multiple types of signals at the same time?

Using an inexpensive SDR (such as the USRP or Per Vices Phi), I want to process two or more communication protocols at the same time (e.g. WiFi and GSM). Is it possible to Tx (or Rx) both at the same ...
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Why would I want to define a modulation index for each tone (DSB-FC)?

So the exercise is basically a signal $f(t)$ that is going to modulate the carrier $A\cos(\omega_ct)$ using a modulation index of $m=1$. I have to find $A$ and the power of the modulated signal: $$ f(...
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How to calculate dB of a transmitted power

why if I lose 80% power in the output of a system, Does it mean that I had lost 10×log10(0.2) = -7dB ?
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Information Theory - units of channel capacity

In a first course in Information Theory, when the operational interpretation of channel capacity is introduced, it is said to be the highest data rate (in bits/channel-use) of reliable communication. ...
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Why does my simulation of the binary symmetric channel disagree with theory?

Could someone please answer me why the simulated performance (using matlab) of a Hamming code over a binary symmetric channel does not fit exacly with the theoretical? Here is my code: ...
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Why the error probability is given by this expression?

I have seen this equation: $$ \Pr({\epsilon}) = Q({\sqrt{2E_b/N_0}}) \,. $$ where these definitions hold: $$N_0/2 - the \ spectral \ density \ of \ white \ noise$$ $$E_b = PT_b - the \ energy \ ...
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How to apply the CA-CFAR methods in practice?

Applying constant false alarm rate is a critical step for estimation of performance of all detectors. Has anybody experience on practical implementation of this estimator for energy detector? Can ...
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Why is privacy scrambling a standalone block in a communications transmitter?

In some telecommunication systems, scrambling of transmitted data is applied to provide some level of security. For example, the communication system might look like: Data -> Scrambling -> ...
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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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What input to use for an AR model of a vowel sound?

I've recorded a 2-sec pronunciation of a vowel sound. The first 0.12 or so seconds of the signal are shown below. Now, I've constructed an auto-regressive (AR) 8th-order model to compress this signal....
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What are thoughts on best modulation to use for underwater acoustic communications at low frequencies?

I wanted to ping the DSP hivemind for general thoughts on what would be the best modulation type to use for low frequency underwater communications. I have chosen this project since I can learn a lot ...
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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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Optimum matched filter without ISI

Given a filter used to shape the digital signal, $p(x)$, and given that we do not want the filter combination to cause any ISI, what "matched" filter, $q(x)$ will maximise the SNR? Matched filters ...
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What Are Less Computationally Demanding Alternatives to the Viterbi Decoder?

What are less computationally demanding alternatives to the Viterbi Decoder? Ideally what I would like is a list of the most commonly used approximate methods, along with brief pros and cons.