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Modulation of Digital Data

1. Digital-to-Analog Conversion
2. Amplitude Shift Keying (ASK)
3. Frequency Shift Keying (FSK)
4. Phase Shift Keying (PSK)
5. Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (QAM)
6. Bit/Baud Comparison
7. Modems
Digital-to-analog modulation

Types of digital-to-analog modulation

Aspects to digital-to Analog conversion

Bit Rate / Baud Rate

 Bit rate is the number of bits per second. Baud rate is the number
of signal units per second. Baud rate is less than or equal to the bit
 Bit rate is important in computer efficiency
 Baud rate is important in data transmission.
 Baud rate determines the bandwidth required to send signal
 Baud rate = bit rate / # bits per signal unit

 An analog signal carries 4 bits in each signal unit. If 1000 signal units are
sent per second, find the baud rate and the bit rate
 Baud rate = 1000 bauds per second (baud/s) Bit rate = 1000 x 4 = 4000
 The bit rate of a signal is 3000. If each signal unit carries 6 bits, what is
the baud rate?
 Baud rate = 3000/6 =500 bauds/sec
Amplitude Shift Keying (ASK)

 A cos( 2f c t ) binary1

s(t )  
 0 binary 0

On/Off keying

The strength of the carrier signal is varied to represent binary 1

and 0.
Frequency and phase remains the same.
Highly susceptible to noise interference.
Used up to 1200 bps on voice grade lines, and on optical fiber.
Relationship between baud rate and bandwidth in ASK

BW = (1 + d) * Nd
Find the minimum bandwidth for an ASK signal transmitting at 2000
bps. The transmission mode is half-duplex.
 In ASK the baud rate and bit rate are the same. The baud rate is therefore
2000. An ASK signal requires a minimum bandwidth equal to its baud rate.
Therefore, the minimum bandwidth is 2000 Hz.
Full duplex ASK

Given a bandwidth of 10,000 Hz (1000 to 11,000 Hz), if draw the full-duplex ASK
diagram of the system. We can find the carriers and the bandwidths in each direction.
Assume there is no gap between the bands in the two directions.
 For full-duplex ASK, the bandwidth for each direction is
 BW = 10000 / 2 = 5000 Hz
 The carrier frequencies can be chosen at the middle of each band
 fc (forward) = 1000 + 5000/2 = 3500 Hz
 fc (backward) = 11000 – 5000/2 = 8500 Hz
Frequency Shift Keying
Frequency of the carrier is varied to represent digital data (binary 0/1)
Peak amplitude and phase remain constant.
Avoid noise interference by looking at frequencies (change of a signal)
and ignoring amplitudes.
Limitations of FSK is the physical capabilities of the carrier.
f1 and f2 equally offset by equal opposite amounts to the carrier freq.
In MFSK more than 2 freq are used, each signal element represents
more than one bit

 A cos(2f1t ) binary1
s(t )  
 A cos(2f 2 t ) binary 0
Relationship between baud rate and bandwidth in FSK

FSK shifts between two carrier frequencies

FSK spectrum = combination of two ASK spectra centered on fc1 and
BW = fc1-fc0 + Nbaud
FSK Examples (cont.)
• What is the Find the minimum bandwidth for an FSK signal
transmitting at 2000 bps. Transmission is in half-duplex mode, and the
carriers are separated by 3000 Hz.
• Because For FSK
BW = baud rate + fc1 - fc0
BW = bit rate + fc1 - fc0 = 2000 + 3000 = 5000 Hz

• What is the maximum bit rates for an FSK signal if the bandwidth of
the medium is 12,000 Hz and the difference between the two carriers is
2000 Hz. Transmission is in full-duplex mode.
– Because the transmission is full duplex, only 6000 Hz is allocated for each
– BW = baud rate + fc1 - fc0
– Baud rate = BW - (fc1 - fc0 ) = 6000 - 2000 = 4000
– But because the baud rate is the same as the bit rate, the bit rate is 4000
Phase Shift Keying

Phase of the carrier is varied to

represent digital data (binary 0
or 1)
Amplitude and frequency
remains constant.
If phase 0 deg to represent 0,
180 deg to represent 1. (2-PSK)
PSK is not susceptible to noise
degradation that affects ASK or
bandwidth limitations of FSK
4-PSK (QPSK) method

We can extend, by varying the the signal by shifts of 45 deg

(instead of 90 deg in 4-PSK)
With 8 = 23 different phases, each phase can represents 3 bits
Relationship between baud rate and bandwidth in PSK

Bandwith similar to ASK, but data rate can 2 or more times greater.
What is the bandwidth for a 4-PSK signal transmitting at 2000 bps. Transmission is in
half-duplex mode.
 For PSK the baud rate is the same as the bandwidth, which means the baud rate is
5000. But in 8-PSK the bit rate is 3 times the baud rate, so the bit rate is 15,000 bps.
Given a bandwidth of 5000 Hz for an 8-PSK signal, what are the baud rate and bit rate?
 For PSK the baud rate is the same as the bandwidth, which means the baud rate is
5000. But in 8-PSK the bit rate is 3 times the baud rate, so the bit rate is 15,000 bps.
Quadrature Amplitude Modulation

PSK is limited by the ability of the equipment to distinguish

between small differences in phases.
 Limits the potential data rate.
Quadrature amplitude modulation is a combination of ASK and
PSK so that a maximum contrast between each signal unit (bit,
dibit, tribit, and so on) is achieved.
 We can have x variations in phase and y variations of amplitude
 x • y possible variation (greater data rates)
Numerous variations. (4-QAM, 8-QAM)

# of phase shifts > # of amplitude shifts

8-QAM and 16-QAM

Second example, recommendation of OSI.

not all possibilities are used, to increase
readability of signal, measurable differences
between shifts are increased

First example handles noise best

Because of ratio of phases to amplitudes
ITU-T recommendation.
Bit Baud comparison

Bits/Ba Baud Bit

Modulation Units
Assuming a FSK signal over ud rate Rate
voice-grade phone line can send ASK, FSK, 2-PSK Bit 1 N N
1200 bps, it requires 1200 signal
4-PSK, 4-QAM Dibit 2 N 2N
units to send 1200 bits (each
frequency shift represents one 8-PSK, 8-QAM Tribit 3 N 3N
bit, baud rate 1200) 16-QAM Quadbit 4 N 4N
Assuming 8-QAM, baud rate is 32-QAM Pentabit 5 N 5N
only 400 to achieve same data 64-QAM Hexabit 6 N 6N
128-QAM Septabit 7 N 7N
256-QAM Octabit 8 N 8N
Bit Baud comparison (examples)

A constellation diagram consists of eight equally spaced points on a circle. If

the bit rate is 4800 bps, what is the baud rate?

 The constellation indicates 8-PSK with the points 45 degrees apart. Since 23
= 8, 3 bits are transmitted with each signal unit. Therefore, the
baud rate is 4800 / 3 = 1600 baud

What is the bit rate for a 1000-baud 16-QAM signal.

 A 16-QAM signal has 4 bits per signal unit since log216 = 4. Thus, (1000)(4)
= 4000 bps

Compute the baud rate for a 72,000-bps 64-QAM signal.

 A 64-QAM signal has 6 bits per signal unit since log2 64 = 6.

 Therefore, 72000 / 6 = 12,000 baud
Phone modems
V-series (ITU-T Standards)
 Uses a combined modulation and encoding technique: Trellis coded
 Trellis = QAM + a redundant bit
 5 bit (pentabit) = 4 data + 1 calculated from data.
 A signal distorted by noise can arrive closer to an adjacent point than the
intended point (extra bit is therefore used to adjust)
 Less likely to be misread than a QAM signal.

2400 baud • 4 bit = 9600 bps

V-series (cont.)
 First ITU-T standard to support 14,400 bps transmission.
 Uses 128-QAM
 (7 bits/baud with 1 bit for error control)
 at a rate 2400 baud 2400 * 6 = 14,400 bps
 Adjustment of the speed upward or downward depending on the quality of the line or
V-34 bis
 Bit rate of 28,800 bps with 960-point constellation to 1664-point constellation for a bit
rate of 33,600 bps.
V-series (cont.)
 Traditionally modems have a
limitation on data rate (max. 33.6
 V-90 modems can be used (up to
56Kbps) if using digital signaling.
 For example, Through an
Internet Service Provider (ISP)
 V-90 are asymmetric
 Downloading rate (from ISP to
PC) has a 56 Kbps limitation.
 Uploading rate (from PC to IST)
has a 33.6 Kbps limitation.
V-90/92 (cont.)
 In uploading, signal still to be
sampled at the switching station.
Limit due to noise sampling.
 Phone company samples at 8000
times/sec with 8 bits (including bit
 Data rate = 8000 * 7 = 56Kbps
 In download, signal is not affected
by sampling.
 Speed adjustment
 Upload data at 48Kbps.
 Call waiting service
Analog-to-analog modulation

Why analog to analog conversion?

Amplitude modulation

The total bandwidth required for AM can be determined from the bandwidth of the
audio signal: BWt = 2 x BWm.
AM band allocation

Bandwidth of an audio signal is 5KHz. An AM radio station needs at least a

minimum bandwidth of 10 KHz.
AM stations are allowed carrier freq between 530 and 1700 KHz.
If One station uses 1100 KHz the next one uses 1110 KHz
Frequency modulation

The bandwidth of a stereo audio signal is

usually 15 KHz. Therefore, an FM
station needs at least a bandwidth of 150
KHz. The minimum bandwidth is at least
200 KHz (0.2 MHz).
FM band allocation