# 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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### 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 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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### 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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### 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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### 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 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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### Why are Gold codes and Kasami codes used instead of pure m-sequences?

I'm trying to understand why Gold codes and Kasami codes are used instead of pure m-sequences, in direct-sequence spread-spectrum (DSSS) communication systems, to prevent interference between multiple ...
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### What is the need for prediction filter in PCM and DPCM?

The DPCM works by the difference between actual samples and predicted samples. If we already have the actual samples, we can quantize it and encode it later. But why we use prediction filter? And ...
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### How to find the group delay of IIR filters in Python/SciPy

I sent a square wave signal (red) through a IIR filter (butterworth in this case), to make it more "realistic". Then there's a slight group delay in my output signal (blue). Is there a way to find out ...
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### Optimal DC-free line encoding

I have a block of n bits that I'd like to encode into m bits that have an equal number of zeros and ones. I looked at protocols like 8b/10b but it wastes 25% of the data to achieve balance. As an ...
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### Calculating penalty to SNR for non-matched filter

If a matched filter is optimal for detecting a known pulse in an AWGN channel, any other filter must have a degraded SNR. Given a discrete pulse shape and an arbitrary non-matched filter, is it ...
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### Why does FEC seem to make BER worse at low Eb/N0?

I've been plotting BER curves and am wondering why FEC seems to make a BER curve worse at low Eb/N0 than the un-coded theoretical BER curve? My example plot below is for Differential BPSK using a ...
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### Why is an interleaver often placed between an outer block code and an inner convolution code?

It seems that when doing FEC with a concatenated-code, an interleaver is often placed between the outer block code and the inner convolution code. The explanations I've seen say that this is because ...
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### What causes this type of distortion in a constellation I/Q plot?

I'm transmitting QPSK through a digital pulse shaping filter (RRC, 35% excess BW, 2 samples per symbol, 64 taps) at a rate of 56Msym/sec. Receiving it on standard lab equipment (Vector signal ...