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Sampling, aliasing, quantization and reconstruction

The example in this section addresses sampling, quantization, aliasing and signal reconstruction concepts. [link] shows the completed block diagram of this example, where the following four control parameters are linked to a LabVIEW MathScript node:

Amplitude – to control the amplitude of an input sine wave

Phase – to control the phase of the input signal

Frequency – to control the frequency of the input signal

Sampling frequency – to control the sampling rate of the corresponding discrete signal

Number of quantization levels – to control the number of quantization levels of the corresponding digital signal

To simulate the analog signal via a .m file, consider a very small value of time increment dt (dt = 0.001). To create a discrete signal, sample the analog signal at a rate controlled by the sampling frequency. To simulate the analog signal, use the textual statement xa=sin(2*pi*f*t) , where t is a vector with increment dt = 0.001. To simulate the discrete signal, use the textual statement xd=sin(2*pi*f*n) , where n is a vector with increment dn. The ratio dn/dt indicates the number of samples skipped during the sampling process. Again, the ratio of analog frequency to sampling frequency is known as digital or normalized frequency. To convert the discrete signal into a digital one, perform quantization using the LabVIEW MathScript function round . Set the number of quantization levels as a control.

To reconstruct the analog signal from the digital one, use a linear interpolation technique via the LabVIEW MathScript function interp 1 . The samples skipped during the sampling process can be recovered after the interpolation. Finally, display the Original signal and the Reconstructed signal in the same graph using the functions Build Waveform, Merge Signal and Waveform Graph. Discrete waveform, Digital waveform, Analog frequency, Digital frequency and Number of samples skipped in ADC are also included in the front panel, shown in [link] . Use this VI to examine proper signal sampling and reconstruction.

Block Diagram of Sampling, Aliasing, Quantization and Reconstruction

Front Panel of Sampling, Aliasing, Quantization and Reconstruction

Analog and digital frequency

Digital frequency ( θ size 12{θ} {} ) is related to analog frequency ( f size 12{f} {} ) via the sampling frequency, that is, θ = 2πf f s size 12{θ= { {2πf} over {f rSub { size 8{s} } } } } {} . Therefore, one can choose the sampling frequency ( f s size 12{f rSub { size 8{s} } } {} ) to increase the digital or normalized frequency of an analog signal by lowering the number of samples.

Aliasing

Set the sampling frequency to f s = 100 size 12{f rSub { size 8{s} } ="100"} {} Hz and change the analog frequency of the signal. Observe the output for f s = 10 size 12{f rSub { size 8{s} } ="10"} {} Hz and f s = 210 size 12{f rSub { size 8{s} } ="210"} {} Hz (See [link] and [link] ). The analog signals appear entirely different in these two cases but the discrete signals are similar. For the second case, the sampling frequency is less than twice that of the analog signal frequency. This violates the Nyquist sampling rate leading to aliasing, which means one does not know from which analog signal the digital signal is created. Note the value of digital frequency is 0.1 radians for the first case and 2.1 radians for the second case. To prevent any aliasing, keep the digital frequency less than 0.5 radians.

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