Signal Space Analysis of BASK, BFSK, BPSK, and QAM on Mac
30. Signal Space Analysis of BASK, BFSK, BPSK, and QAM
The vectorspace representation of signals and the optimum detection process which chooses the signal closest to the received signal is particularly useful in signal design and in probabilityoferror calculations. The material presented herein includes the error performance of binary amplitudeshift keying (BASK), binary frequencyshift keying (BFSK), binary phaseshift keying (BPSK), and Mary quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM) signals.
Error Performance of Binary ASK
A binary amplitudeshift keying (BASK) signal can be defined by
s(t) =
A cos(
0
,
2
f
c
t
),
0
elsewhere
tT
(30.1)
where A is a constant, f _{c} is the carrier frequency, and T is the bit duration. It has a
power P = A 2 /2, so that A = 2P . Thus equation (30.1) can be written as
s(t)
=
_{=}
=
0
,
),
^{0}
elsewhere
tT
0
tT
elsewhere
0
tT
elsewhere
(30.2)
where E = PT is the energy contained in a bit duration. Figure 30.1 shows the signal constellation diagram of BASK signals and the conditional probability density functions associated with the signals.
Figure
30.1
BASK signal constellation diagram and the conditional probability density functions associated with the signals.
The energy contained in a bit duration is
E = d 2
(30.3)
and so
30.1
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d =
(30.4)
It is assumed that the noise is additive white Gaussian noise (AWGN) with a twosided
σ ^{2} = n _{0} /2. In the
presence of AWGN, the conditional probability density function of _{φ} _{1} assuming that s _{0} is transmitted is
power spectral density of n _{0} /2, zero mean and fixed variance
_{f}_{(}_{φ} _{1} / 0)
=
1 ^{2}
^{2}
and the probability of error given that s _{0} is transmitted is
P e0 =
• 
• 

f(φ _{1} /0)dφ _{1} = 
_{1} =
d
/
2
_{1} =
d /
2
2
1
d
1
(30.5)
Similarly, the probability of error given that s _{1} is transmitted is
where
P e1 =
1
= d / 2
_{f}_{(}_{φ} _{1} /1)dφ _{1} =
1
= d / 2
• 
• 
f(φ _{1} /1) =
^{1}
e
(
1
d
)
2
2
^{2}
d
1
=
P e1
(30.6)
Let p _{0} be the probability of sending s _{0} and p _{1} be the probability of sending s _{1} . For equally likely transmission of binary signals, we have p _{0} = p _{1} = 0.5. The average probability of error is given by
P e
= p 0 P e0 +
=
P e0
p 1 P e1
=
•
_{1} =
d / 2
2
1
d
1
30.2
(30.7)
Signal Space Analysis of BASK, BFSK, BPSK, and QAM on Mac
Let
y
=
1
Then y 2
equation (30.7), we get
=
2 ^{d} ^{}
1
2
_{2}
and d y
1
=
P _{e}
=
=
=
=
=
•
y
where the complementary error function is
erfc (x) =
^{2}
•
_{}
x
e α ^{2} dα
σ 2 = n _{0} /2 for AWGN, and d =
Error Performance of Binary PSK
. Substituting y and dy
(30.8)
(30.9)
into
A binary phaseshift keying (BPSK) signal can be defined by
s(t) = +A cos 2πf _{c} t,
0 < t < T
(30.10)
where A is a constant, f _{c} is the carrier frequency, and T is the bit duration. It has a
power P = A 2 /2, so that A = 2P . Thus equation (30.10) can be written as
s(t)
= +
2P cos 2πf _{c} t
(30.11)
30.3
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where E = PT is the energy contained in a bit duration. Figure 30.2 shows the signal constellation diagram of BPSK signals and the conditional probability density functions associated with the signals.
Figure
30.2
BPSK signal constellation diagram and the conditional probability density functions associated with the signals.
The energy contained in a bit duration is
and so
(30.12)
(30.13)
In the presence of AWGN, the conditional probability density function of _{φ} _{1} assuming that s _{0} is sent is
f(φ _{1} /0) =
^{1}
e
(30.14)
and the probability of error given that s _{0} is transmitted is
P e0 =
•
f(φ _{1} /0)dφ _{1} =
0 0
•
_{}
1
e
d
1
(30.15)
Similarly, the probability of error given that s _{1} is sent is
where
P e1 =
0
^{0}
f(φ _{1} /1) dφ _{1} =
•
•
1
30.4
e
d
1
=
P _{e}_{0}
(30.16)
Signal Space Analysis of BASK, BFSK, BPSK, and QAM on Mac
f(φ _{1} /2) =
^{1}
e
(30.17)
Let p _{0} be the probability of sending s _{0} and p _{1} be the probability of sending s _{1} . For equally likely transmission of binary signals, we have p _{0} = p _{1} = 0.5. The average probability of error is
1
and dy
=
(30.18)
. Substituting y and dy into
(30.19)
where φ _{1} = 0 is the threshold value, the complementary error function is
30.5
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erfc (x) =
^{2}
•
_{}
x
e α ^{2} dα
σ 2 = n _{0} /2 for AWGN, and d =
(30.20)
Error Performance of Orthogonal Binary FSK
A binary frequencyshift keying (BFSK) signal can be defined by
s(t) =
A
A
cos(
cos(
2
2
f
c
f
c
1
2
t
),
t
),
0
elsewhere
tT
(30.21)
where A is a constant, f _{c} _{1} and f _{c} _{2} are the carrier frequencies, and T is the bit duration.
It has a power P = A 2 /2, so that A =
2P . Thus equation (30.21) can be written as
s(t)
=
=
=
0
elsewhere
tT
0
tT
elsewhere
0
tT
elsewhere
(30.22)
where E = PT is the energy contained in a bit duration. Figure 30.3 shows the signal constellation diagram of orthogonal BFSK signals and the conditional probability density functions associated with the signals.
Figure
30.3
Orthogonal BFSK signal constellation diagram and the conditional probability density functions associated with the signals.
The energy in a bit duration is
and
E = (
d
) ^{2}
(30.23)
30.6
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d =
(30.24)
If we rotate the two orthonormal axes φ _{1} and φ _{2} to u _{1} and u _{2} , we end up with a signal constellation diagram for BPSK signals with a separation distance of d. Thus, the average probability of error is
(30.25)
Table 30.1 summarises the performance of BPSK, orthogonal BFSK, and BASK signals in the presenec of AWGN.
Modulation
BPSK
Orthogonal BFSK
BASK
d
P _{e}
1
_{2}
1
_{2}
1
_{2}
=
=
erfc (
erfc (
erfc(
Relative (dB)
0
3
6
Table 30.1 Performance of various modulation systems.
Also, we can express the performance of these modulation systems in terms of the average
signal energy E , where
E = E/2
for BASK signals,
30.7
(30.26)
Signal Space Analysis of BASK, BFSK, BPSK, and QAM on Mac
E = E
for orthogonal BFSK signals, and
E = E
(30.27)
(30.28)
for BPSK signals. This is summarised in Table 30.2.
Modulation
BPSK
Orthogonal BFSK
BASK
E
E
E
E/2
P _{e}
1
_{2}
1
1
^{E} 0 ) = _{2}
^{E} 0 )
erfc(
erfc(
erfc(
1
_{2} erfc(
erfc(
)
)
_{2} ) =
1 _{2} erfc(
1
) = _{2}
Relative (dB)
0
3
3
Table
30.2
Performance of various binary modulation systems in terms of the average signal energy.
Error Performance of Mary QAM
Consider the (M=16)ary quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM) signal constellation diagram of Figure 30.4 as an example.
Figure 30.4 16ary QAM signal constellation diagram.
The average signal energy of an Mary QAM signal is
E
=
^{1}
M
1
^{M} _{}
i = 0
E _{i}
(30.29)
where E _{i} is the energy of s _{i} . For M = 16, we have
E
=
1
16
^{[} ^{4}
9 d
2
d
2
+
4
4
+ 4
9 d
2
9
d
^{2}
+
4
4
1442443
s
5 ,,, 6 9 10
1442443 144424443
s
1 ,,, 2 4 111314 , , ,, 7 8
s
0 ,, 312 , 15
30.8
]
Signal Space Analysis of BASK, BFSK, BPSK, and QAM on Mac
and so
d =
5d ^{2}
_{=}
2
(30.30)
(30.31)
To find the probability of error, it is simpler to first find the probability P _{c} of correct detection. It is apparent from Figure 30.4 that we can group signal points into 3 classes and compute P _{c} based on the 3 decision regions as shown in Figure 30.5.
Figure 30.5
Decision regions.
Let n _{1} and n _{2} be additive white Gaussian noise samples with twosided power spectral
density of n _{0} /2, axis, respectively.
zero mean and fixed variance _{σ} 2
= n _{0} /2
along the _{φ} _{1} axis and _{φ} _{2} 
Case 1  four inner signal points (s _{5}_{,}_{6}_{,}_{9}_{,}_{1}_{0} ) :
In the presence of AWGN, the probability of correct detection given that s _{i} , i = 5, 6, 9, 10, is transmitted is
where
P(C/s _{i} )
= P(d/2 < n _{1} < d/2) x P(d/2 < n _{2} < d/2)
= P(d/2 < n _{1} < d/2) x P(d/2 < n _{1} < d/2)
p
dφ _{1}
dφ _{1}
30.9
(30.32)
(30.33)
Signal Space Analysis of BASK, BFSK, BPSK, and QAM on Mac
Let
y
=
1
Then y 2
equation (30.33), we get
=
2 ^{d} ^{}
1
2
_{2}
and d y
1
=
d
e y ^{2} dy
where the error function is
erf (x) =
^{2}
x
_{} e α ^{2} dα
0
and σ 2 = n _{0} /2 for AWGN.
.
Case 2  four corner signal points (s _{0}_{,}_{3}_{,}_{1}_{2}_{,}_{1}_{5} ) :
Substituting y and dy
(30.34)
(30.35)
into
In the presence of AWGN, the probability of correct detection given that s _{i} , i = 0, 3, 12, 15, is transmitted is
P(C/s _{i} ) 
= 
P( • 
< n _{1} < d/2) x P(d/2 < n _{2} < • ) 
(30.36) 

= 
P(d/2 < n _{1} < • 
) x P(d/2 < n _{2} < 
• ) 

= 
P(d/2 < n _{1} < • ) x P(d/2 < n _{1} < • ) 

= 
r x r 
where
r = P(d/2 < n _{1} < • )
=
•
d / 2
1
e
2
1
2
^{2}
dφ _{1}
30.10
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=
=
=
^{0}
d / 2
1
e
d / 2
0
1
e
0.5p + 0.5
2
1
2
2
1
^{2}
2
^{2}
dφ _{1} +
dφ _{1} +
•
0
•
0
2
1
2
2
1
^{2}
2
^{2}
dφ _{1}
dφ _{1}
(30.37)
Case 3  eight edge signal points (s _{1}_{,}_{2}_{,}_{4}_{,}_{7}_{,}_{8}_{,}_{1}_{1}_{,}_{1}_{3}_{,}_{1}_{4} ) :
In the presence of AWGN, the probability of correct detection given that s _{i} , i = 1, 2, 4, 7, 8, 11, 13, 14, is transmitted is
P(C/s _{i} ) 
= P(d/2 < n _{1} < d/2) x P(d/2 < n _{2} < 
• ) 

= 
P(d/2 < n _{1} < d/2) x P(d/2 < n _{1} < 
• ) 

= 
p x 
r 
(30.38) 

Let P(s _{i} ) be the probability of sending s _{i} , for i = 0, 1, correct detection is 
, 
15. Thus, the total probability of 
P _{c} =
M
1 =
i = 0
15
(
P s
i
)
123
a priori probability
P(C/s _{i} )
With equally likely transmission of s _{i} , we have
P _{c}
p x
1
p) + 4 ( _{1}_{6}
r x
[ 4 p 2 + 4( ^{p} 2
^{+}
1
_{2}
1
1
= 4 ( _{1}_{6}
1
=
r) + 8( _{1}_{6}
^{+}
) ^{2} + 8p ( ^{p} 2
_{1}_{6}
( 3p + 1) ^{2}
_{=}
16
The probability of error is
P _{e}
= (1  P _{c} )
_{=} _{1} _{}
(
3p + 1) ^{2}
_{=}
4
^{2} − ( 3p + 1) ^{2}
16 16
3(1 − p)(5 + 3p)
_{=}
16
30.11
(30.39) 

p x 
r) 

1 _{2} )] 

(30.40) 
Signal Space Analysis of BASK, BFSK, BPSK, and QAM on Mac
For normal operation, p approaches 1 and P _{e} << 1, and then
_{P} _{e}
3(1 − p)8
_{}
=
3
_{2}
16
(1  p)
Substituting p = erf (
d ) and d =
P _{e}
)]
Example
30.1
(30.41)
into equation (30.41), we have
(30.42)
Consider the 4ary QAM signal constellation diagram as shown in Figure 30.6.
Figure 30.6 4ary QAM signal constellation diagram.
The average signal energy is
and
E
=
^{1} 4 [ 4
d
2 d
2
+
4
4
]
= ^{d} ^{2}
2
From our previous analysis of 16ary QAM signals, the probability of correct detection in 4ary QAM signals given that s _{i} , i = 0, 1, 2, 3, is transmitted is
where
P(C/s _{i} )
= P( •
= P(d/2 < n _{1} < • ) x P(d/2 < n _{2} < • )
= P(d/2 < n _{1} < • ) x P(d/2 < n _{1} < • )
= r x
< n _{1} < d/2) x P(d/2 < n _{2} < • )
r
30.12
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r 
= 0.5p + 0.5 

= erf( 
d 
) = erf( 
d 
^{)} 

p 
2
2

2
n 0

and σ 2 = n _{0} /2 for AWGN.
The total probability of correct detection is
P _{c} =
M
1 =
i = 0
3
)
123
a priori probability
(
P s
i
P(C/s _{i} )
With equally likely transmission of s _{i} , we have
P _{c}
= 4 ( ^{1}
4 r x
= ( ^{p} 2
(1
1
^{+} 2
) ^{2}
+ p
_{=}
4
r)
^{)} ^{2}
The probability of error is
P _{e}
= (1  P _{c} ) = 1 
2 (1
_{=}
^{(}^{1}
+ p
^{)}
p
)(3
+
p
)
4
4
For normal operation, p approaches 1 and P _{e} << 1, and then
P _{e}
^{4} ^{1} ^{}
(
^{p}^{)} = (1  p)
4
Substituting p = erf (
d
) and d =
2E into equation (30.43), we have
P _{e}
1
erf (
) = erfc (
) .
30.13
(30.43)
Signal Space Analysis of BASK, BFSK, BPSK, and QAM on Mac
References
[1] 
M. Schwartz, Information Transmission, Modulation, and Noise, 4/e, McGraw Hill, 1990. 
[2] 
H. Taub and D. L. Schilling, Principles of Communication Systems, 2/e, MaGrawHill, 1996. 
30.14
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1 
2 π σ ^{2}
e
Figure
30.1
1 
2 π σ ^{2}
e
Probability density function
e

( φ
d
1 2
) ^{2}
^{2}^{σ} 2
_{T} cos _{2} π _{f} _{c} _{t}
BASK signal constellation diagram and the conditional probability density functions associated with the signals.
e
=

( φ
1

d
2
) ^{2}
^{2}^{σ} 2
cos _{2} π _{f} _{c} _{t}
30.15
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Figure 30.4 16ary QAM signal constellation diagram.
(a)
(b)
Figure 30.5
Decision regions.
30.16
^{φ} 2
(c)
^{φ} 1
Signal Space Analysis of BASK, BFSK, BPSK, and QAM on Mac
_{2} π _{f} _{c} _{t}
Figure 30.6
4ary QAM signal constellation diagram.
30.17
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