Modems

Mapping Bits to a Constellation

Figure 2. Bit mapping for QPSK.

Before information can be transmitted using a digital modulation scheme, the information bits have to be mapped to the constellation. Each point in the constellation is known as a symbol, making the full collection of symbols a kind of alphabet of the modulation scheme. For most digital modulation schemes…

Tom Mon, 05/06/2019 - 09:57
What is a Constellation Diagram?

Figure 1. QPSK constellation.

A constellation diagram is a diagram that shows how the information in a digital modulation scheme such as phase shift keying (PSK) is represented in a modulated carrier. This article is a bit of an experiment; instead of introducing the constellation diagram by simply presenting it…

Tom Mon, 03/25/2019 - 12:54
What is an Analytic Signal?

Figure 1. Spectra of cosine (left) and complex exponential (right).

An analytic signal is a signal without negative frequency components. This might seem a strange concept if you’re not used to it, but analytic signals are used in signal processing, for example in modems for telecommunications. Let’s start from…

Tom Mon, 02/25/2019 - 09:56
Modems

I’m working on a series of articles on modems. It’ll be a loose collection of posts, and not a true multi-part article such as the one on tomography. Modem technology is not widely known and/or understood, even by a technical audience. However…

Tom Wed, 02/13/2019 - 10:52