Modulation for Analog Communication

Yao Wang Polytechnic University, Brooklyn, NY11201 http://eeweb.poly.edu/~yao

Outline

• Baseband communication: bandwidth requirement • Modulation of continuous signals
– Amplitude modulation – Quadrature amplitude modulation – Other modulation techniques: frequency/phase modulation

• Frequency division multiplexing • Application of modulation • Demo of AM and QAM

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Baseband Communications
• Signal strength attenuates with distance. Needs repeaters to amplify the signals in stages • Received signal is corrupted by noise
– R(t)=A S(t)+ n(t)

• Received signal quality depends on channel noise and noise between repeaters accumulate • To transmit a signal with bandwidth B, we need >=B Hz in channel bandwidth • If the signal is low-pass (0-B), must the channel operate at 0-B range of frequency? • How do we send multiple signals over the channel?
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A Typical Communication System

Modulator
Signal to be transmitted (analog or digital)

Transmitter

Demodulator
Received signal

Receiver

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Modulation = Frequency Shifting

Baseband signal

Modulated signal

0

fc

Frequency

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Why do we need “modulation”?
– A communication channel only operates at a certain frequency range
• telephone cables, terrestrial (over the air broadcast), ethernet, optical fiber, etc.

– Modulation translates a signal from its baseband to the operating range of the channel – By modulating different signals to different frequency bands, they can be transmitted simultaneously over the same channel frequency division multiplexing

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Frequency Division Multiplexing
• To transmit the three signals over the same channel, each signal is shifted to a different carrier frequency and then summed together. From Figure 7.22 in Signals and Systems

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How do we shift the frequency of a signal?
• By multiplying with a sinusoid signal !

x(t )

y (t ) = x(t ) cos(ω c t )

cos(ω c t ) carrier signal ω c : carrier frequency

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Basic Equalities
• Basic equality
x(t )e j 2πf ct ↔ X ( f − f c ) x(t )e − j 2πf ct ↔ X ( f + f c ) x(t )cos(2πf c t ) ↔ 1 ( X ( f − f c ) + X ( f + f c )) 2

• Proof on the board

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Frequency Domain Interpretation of Modulation
From Figure 7.5 in Signals/Syste ms

x(t )

cos(ω c t )

y (t ) = x(t ) cos(ω c t )

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How to get back to the baseband? (Demodulation)
• By multiplying with the same sinusoid + low pass filtering!
H (ω ) w(t ) y (t )
− ωm cos(ω c t ) − ωm
2

x (t )

LPF

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Frequency Domain Interpretation of Demodulation
Figure 7.7 in Signals and Systems

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Temporal Domain Interpretation

Modulation : y (t ) = x(t )cos(2πf c t ) Demodulation : w(t ) = y (t ) cos(2πf c t ) = x(t )cos 2 (2πf c t ) 1 (1 + cos(2θ ) ) 2 1 1 1 w(t ) = (1 + cos(4πf c t ) )x(t ) = x(t ) + x(t ) cos(4πf c t ) 2 2 2 The LPF will retain the first term and remove the second term. Using the equality cos 2 (θ ) =

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Example
• How to transmit a signal with frequency ranging in (-5KHz,5KHz) using a channel operating in (100KHz,110KHz)? What should be the carrier frequency ? Draw the block diagrams for the modulator and demodulator, and sketch the spectrum of the modulated and demodulated signals.

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Frequency Division Multiplexing: Frequency domain interpretation
Figure 7.22 in Signals and Systems

ya (t ) = xa (t ) cos(ω a t )

ya (t ) = xa (t ) cos(ω a t )

ya (t ) = xa (t ) cos(ω a t )

w(t ) = ya (t ) + yb (t ) + yc (t )

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FDM Transmitter

Figure 7.21 in Signals and Systems
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FDM Receiver

Demultiplexing
cos(ω a t )

Demodulation

Figure 7.23 in Signals and Systems

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Example
• How to transmit two signals each with frequency ranging in (-10KHz,10KHz) over a channel operating in the frequency range (300KHz,340KHz)? Draw the block diagrams for the modulator and demodulator, and sketch the spectrum of the modulated and demodulated signals.

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Demo: modulating a sound signal
(amplitude_modulation.m)
X1 Waveform 10 0.2 0
0

X1 Spectrum

fs=22k
-0.2 5 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 x 10 Modulated X1: Waveform 0.2 0
4

10

-10

0

5

10
4

10

0

x 10 Modulated X1: Spectrum

fc=50k

-0.2 5 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05
4

10

-10

0

5

10 x 10
4

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DeModulated X1: Waveform 0.5 10
0

DeModulated X1: Spectrum

0

-0.5 5 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 x 10 Reconstructed X1: Waveform 0.2 0 -0.2 5
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10

-10

0

5

10
4

x 10 Reconstructed X1: Spectrum 10
0

10

-10

5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 10

0

5

10 10
4

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Lowpass Filter
0.12
0

0.1

Magnitude (dB)

-50

0.08

-100

-150

0

2

4

0.06
0 Phase (degrees)

6 Frequency (Hz)

8

10 x 10
4

0.04

-200 -400 -600 -800

0.02

0

0

5

10

15

20

25

0

2

4

6 Frequency (Hz)

8

10 x 10
4

Length=20, Cut-off freq=11k

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Original and Reconstructed Waveform 0.3 original reconstructed

0.2

original
0.1

0

-0.1

-0.2

-0.3

reconstructed

5000

5005

5010

5015

5020

5025

5030

5035

5040

5045

5050

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Quadrature Amplitude Modulation
• With amplitude modulation: a signal with bandwidth B needs 2B channel bandwidth
– This is called double sideband (DSB) AM – Other techniques can reduce the bandwidth requirement
• Single sideband (SSB) • Vestigial sideband (VSB)

• By using QAM, we can send 2 signals each with bandwidth B over a channel bandwidth of 2B
– Equivalent to each signal with bandwidth B

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Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (QAM)
• A method to modulate two signals onto the same carrier frequency, but with 90o phase shift
cos( 2π f1t ) s1 ( t )
m (t )

cos( 2π f1t ) s1 ( t )
LPF
m (t )

s2 (t ) sin( 2π f1t )
QAM modulator

LPF

s2 (t )
sin( 2π f1t )
QAM demodulator

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QAM in more detail
Proof (in time domain) the demodulator can separate the signal on board! Discuss the sensitivity of the system to synchronization of the carrier signal.

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Other Modulation Methods
• Amplitude modulation
y (t ) = x(t ) cos(2πf c t +θ 0)

– The amplitude of the carrier signal is controlled by the modulating signal – Pitfall of AM: channel noise can corrupt the amplitude easily.

• Frequency modulation

y (t ) = cos(θ (t )),

dθ (t ) = 2πf c t + k f x(t ) dt

– The frequency of the carrier signal is proportional to the modulating signal

• Phase modulation

y (t ) = cos(2πf c t + θ 0 + k p x(t ))

– The phase of the carrier signal is proportional to the modulating signal

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Application of Modulation and FDM
• AM Radio (535KHz--1715KHz):
– Each radio station is assigned 10 KHz, to transmit a mono-channel audio (bandlimited to 5KHz) – Using Amplitude modulation to shift the baseband signal

• FM Radio (88MHz--108 MHz):
– Each radio station is assigned 200 KHz, to transmit a stereo audio. – The left and right channels (each limited to 15KHz) are multiplexed into a single baseband signal using amplitude modulation – Using frequency modulation to shift the baseband signals

• TV broadcast (VHF: 54-88,174-216MHz, UHF:470-890MHz)
– Each station is assigned 6 MHz – The three color components and the audio signal are multiplexed into a single baseband signal – Using vestigial sideband AM to shift the baseband signals.
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What Should You Know
• Understand the bandwidth requirement
– Channel bandwidth > signal bandwidth

• Understand the principle of amplitude modulation
– Know how to modulate a signal to a certain frequency – Know how to demodulate a signal back to the baseband – Can write the equation and draw block diagram for both modulation and demodulation – Can plot the signal spectrum after modulation and demodulation

• Understand the principle of frequency division multiplexing
– Can write the equation and draw block diagram for both modulation and demodulation, for multiplexing of two to three signals.

• Understand how do AM and FM radio and analog TV work in terms of modulation and multiplexing.

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References
• A. M. Noll, Chapter 10. • A. V. Oppenheim and A. S. Willsky, Signals and Systems, 2nd edition, Chapter 8, Sec. 8.1-8.3 (copies provided)

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