# 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### How can I work on DSP using C/C++?

I have been working on MATLAB for signal processing for a while. Many companies from DSP for a communication background has asked me whether I know C/C++ very well. I am confused as to why the ...
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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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### What is difference between OFDM and GFDM?

I am trying to understand the difference(s) between OFDM (Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing) and GFDM (Generalized Frequency Division Multiplexing) which are used as a multicarrier modulation ...
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### Capacity of AWGN channel

I am confused understanding basic concepts of communication over AWGN channels. I know the capacity of a discrete time AWGN channel is: $$C=\frac{1}{2}\log_2\left(1+\frac{S}{N}\right)$$ and it is ...
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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 are QAM Constellations regular and rectangular?

In most IQ graphs of QAM noise, it seems like the constellation ends up with more distortion the farther you get from the center: What causes this non-linear distortion, and why are QAM ...
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### What is the definition of a "Symbol"

I’m looking for the simplest, precise definition of a Symbol e.g. The symbols found within a signal The signal has a N symbols per second I'm following this tutorial. The fellow defines the term ...
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### PSD of complex white gaussian noise

It may be a really simple question, but I'm not sure about this one: Given a complex white Gaussian noise process with iid real and imaginary parts and a double sided power spectral density of $N_0/2$...
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### Practicality of the assumption of i.i.d. for Rayleigh channels

I would like to understand how far the assumption of having i.i.d. is accurate/valid (from the practical point of view) when an OFDM system is working in Rayleigh channels. Is this means the channel ...
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### Common methods of transmitting digital data through an extremely noisy audio signal?

I am developing software for transmitting data from a computer to a mobile device using audio. Specifically, from the computer's speaker to the device's microphone. (I am developing both the sender ...
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### QAM constellation slicer with unknown carrier phase

As shown in the image, I have a 16QAM constellation that is misaligned due to a phase rotation. In this case you can see that rotation amount is approximately $\theta = \pi/4$, but this won't be the ...
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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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### How to send / receive a short impulse in an extremely noisy signal with high timing accuracy?

I am pretty new to DSP. I need a computer to transmit data to a receiver through audio signals in a loud outdoor environment. (I am writing the software for both sender and receiver so I can design ...
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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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### Difference between these two digital down conversion methods

I can think of two possible methods of digital down conversion. One seems superior to the the other for most cases, but I'd like to get some DSP experts' comments on the practical differences between ...
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### Does the Quality of the Pictures Taken by a USB 3.0 Camera Depend on Cable Length?

I've got a JAI GO-5000-USB camera and have tried several cable lengths, ranging from 40cm to 5m. So far, I haven't observed many differences in the quality of the pictures I've taken. Since I want ...
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### OFDM training symbol format

For OFDM synchronisation, we are using two training symbols according to the Schmidl and Cox method of frequency synchronization and timing synchronization. The paper says: The first OFDM training ...
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### Do BPSK vs QPSK have the same performance?

I'm trying to re-learn digital communication theory again and am creating a bit error probability simulation for various modulations. So far I've added BPSK, QPSK, and 8PSK and below is a plot that ...
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