CEN 4500C Fundamentals of Computer Communication Networks

R. E. Newman-Wolfe, University of Florida

Data Encoding

This outlines basics of encoding analog or digital data using analog or digital signals. The previous page considered signal transmission.
• Encoding signals
• Basics - Fourrier analysis of periodic signal into harmonic components
• Three parameters to sinusoid function:
• amplitude
• frequency
• phase
• frequency and phase are "angle" parameters
• varying these parameters over time allows encoding of a signal
• Encoding signals -
• analog/analog encoding (modulation)
• rationales :
• 1. necessity (may require high frequencies to transmit over medium)
• 2. ability to use FDM
• AM - Amplitude modulation
• value of amplitude encodes modulating signal
• increased amplitude of modulating signal increases power of output power, but not bandwidth
• DSBTC - double sideband transmitted carrier
• Waveform:
• s(t) = [1+n_a x(t)]cos(2 pi f_c t) where
• s(t) = output signal
• x(t) = input signal (normalized)
• f_c = carrier frequency
• cos(2 pi f_c t) = carrier signal (normalized)
• n_a = modulation index, ratio of amplitude of input signal to carrier (so that the modulating signal, n_a x(t) has amplitude < 1)
• 1 = dc component to avoid loss of information (otherwise the peak negative amplitudes would cause the output signal to cross the axis)
• multiply carrier signal by modulating signal plus a dc component to obtain output
• output has redundancy in that the output is the sum of the carrier signal plus symmetric components spaced at f_m from the carrier frequency (where f_m is the modulating signal's frequency)
• spectrum of AM signal is f_c +- spectrum of modulating signal: the upper sideband (above f_c) is the mirror image of the lower sideband (spectrum below f_c). Both are 1/2 power replicas of the original spectrum, with the lower sideband frequency-reversed.
• Power transmitted = P_t = P_c(1+n_a^2/2), where P_c is the carrier power. Hence, n_a should be as large as possible, so that most of the signal power carries information, but remaining < 1 so no information is lost.
• Bandwidth needed B_t = 2B_m, where B_m is original bandwidth
• SSB - Single Sideband
• Since the spectrum of the AM signal has redundant information in the two sideband, and no information in the carrier signal, less power and less bandwidth can be used to transmit the same information by sending only one sideband. Half the bandwidth of DSBTC is used, and less power. Synchronization in the carrier signal is lost.
• DSBSC - Double Sideband Supressed Carrier
• Less power is used since carrier is not sent, but the same bandwidth is used and carrier sync lost.
• VSB - Vestigial Sideband
• One sideband is transmitted, and a reduced-power carrier.
• FM - Frequency modulation (a form of angle modulation)
• time derivative of phase angle encodes modulating signal
• Waveform:
• s(t) = A_c cos[2 pi f_c + phi(t)],
• where phi'(t) = n_f m(t) is the derivative of the phase, and
• A_c, f_c = carrier amplitude, frequency
• m(t) = input modulating signal
• Increased amplitude of input signal does not increase output power, but does increase bandwidth required.
• Bandwidth required is, in theory, infinite, since the spectrum will contain components at f_c + K f_m for K=0,1,...
• In practice, Carson's rule for FM says that B_t = 2[(n_f A_m)/(1 pi B_m) + 1]B_m
• PM - Phase modulation (a form of angle modulation)
• value of phase angle encodes modulating signal
• Waveform:
• s(t) = A_c cos[2 pi f_c + n_p m(t)],
• where n_p = the phase modulation index (to normalize
• n_p m(t) to the range 0..2 pi)
• A_c, f_c = carrier amplitude, frequency
• m(t) = input modulating signal
• Bandwidth required is, in theory, infinite, since the spectrum will contain components at f_c + K f_m for K=0,1,...
• In practice, Carson's rule for PM says that B_t = 2(n_p A_m + 1)B_m
• PAM - pulse amplitude modulation
• Thm: analog samples taken at more than twice the highest significant signal frequency will contain all the information of the original signal. The original signal may be reconstructed from the samples by use of a low-pass filter.
• Bell's Dimension PBX products use this - analog samples are taken at twice the frequency of the signal, and only very short pulses reflecting these samples is transmitted.
• analog/digital encoding (pulse code modulation, PCM)
• PCM - pulses of PAM are quantized into discrete levels, then these levels are encoded in log (# levels) bits and sent. Two choices : sampling rate and number of levels
• Noise -
• quantizing noise - the original signal cannot be recovered since the pulses have been quantized.
• SNR = 6n + 1.8 dB, where n = #bits/sample
• Non-linear encoding - reduces quantizing distortion of weak signals by having finer gradations of discrete levels at the lower signal power levels, and coarser at higher power.
• Companding function - same effect as n-l encoding may be had by compressing the analog signal before digitizing and expanding it after decoding. The companding function will giver greater gain to the weaker signals and less gain to strong signals.
• Differential Encoding - only encode difference in signal rather than its absolute value
• Delta Modulation (DM) - binary staircase function used to approximate the signal - on each time interval, either the staircase function goes up a quantum or down a quantum, (encoded as a 1 or a 0).
• note: there is no limit on the amplitude of the signal encoded
• note: similar to chain coding for contours in discrete 2-D.
• Two choices : sampling rate and quantum size
• Noise - two types: quantizing and slope overload
• Large delta increases quantizing noise
• Small delta increases slope overload noise
• Predictive encoding - like DM only use an extrapolated value for point from which the difference is calculated. This is a generalized version of DM, with DM the special case where the predicted value is the same as the previous value, ie, a zero-order (constant) extrapolation function is used. DM has problems with rapid changes in the first derivative; in general, PDM using an nth order predictive encoding will have problems with rapid changes in the (n+1)th derivative.
• digital/analog encoding (shift keying)
• ASK - V amplitude levels can encode lg V bits per signal unit
• FSK - V frequency levels can encode lg V bits per signal unit
• PSK/QPSK - V phases can encode lg V bits per signal unit. QPSK uses four phases offset 90 degrees.
• QAM - Mixed PSK and ASK, use pairs (p,a) to describe signal units, where p is the phase and a is the amplitude. This can keep power requirements lower and discrimination better than either technique alone.
• PPM - pulse position modulation May be used with either analog or digital transmission to encode digital signals Signal is divided into frames, each frame has N slots (plus some synchronization overhead every so often) In each frame, exactly one slot has a pulse in it, A<>0; the other slots have A = 0 (no pulse). This allows lg N bits/frame to be encoded. It is useful when power requirements must be kept low and the transmission medium may be pulsed easily (e.g., lasers in deep-space communication)
• digital/digital encoding
• Needs - synch, no dc component
• Evaluation
• spectrum - max frequency (increased bandwidth requirement)
• dc component (drift, direct coupling required)
• synchronization
• signal-based error-detection
• susceptibility to interference (expressed as bit error rate)
• cost/complexity
• Methods
• Level (L) - use same form to represent same bit value (1's always look the same, 0's always look the same)
• Differential - use a change in signal element form to indicate a 1 (Mark or M), or a 0 (Space or S)
• Examples -
• NRZ-L: 1 = high, 0 = low
• NRZ-M: 1 = transition at start of bit, 0 = no transition
• NRZ-S: 1 = no transition, 0 = transition at start of bit
• RZ: 1 = pulse to high, dropping back to low, 0 = low
• bipolar: like NRZ except marks (1's) alternate polarity +1-1+1 (aka Bipolar AMI - alternate mark inversion) (sometime RZ technique used) (note: this will be shown below using _ for 0, + for a positive pulse, and - for a negative pulse)
• pseudoternary - like bipolar only spaces (0's)
• biphase-L (Manchester): always transition in middle of bit, 1 = high/low, 0 = low/high
• differential Manchester: always transition in middle of bit, 1 = no transition, 0 = transition at start of bit
• biphase-M: always transition at start of bit, 1 = transition in middle of bit, 0 = no transition
• biphase-S: always transition at start of bit, 1 = no transition, 0 = transition in middle of bit
• delay (Miller): 1 = transition in middle of bit, 0 = no transition if followed by a 1, transition at end of bit if followed by a 0
• PPM - (see above under digital/analog encodings)
```		 Method      Waveform               Comments
data:    0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1
NRZ-L    __----__--______--        dc component
NRZ-M    __--____--------__        dc component
NRZ-S    ------____--__----        dc component
RZ       __-_-___-_______-_        dc component, twice B/W
bipolar  __++--__++______--        three levels, e.d.
Manch.   _--_-__--__-_-_--_        synch, twice BW, e.d.
D.Man.   -__--_-__-_-_-_--_        synch, twice BW, e.d.
Bip.-M   --_-_-__-_--__--_-        synch, twice BW, e.d.
Bip.-S   -_--__-_--_-_-_-__        synch, twice BW, e.d.
Miller   ___--____---__---_        synch, 3/2 BW, e.d., complex
```
• Scrambling
• To add synchronization capabilities to bipolar-AMI, which looses synchronization when a long string of 0's is sent, a run of 0's may be encoded by one of two fixed strings of 0's and 1's of the same length. These are distinguished from normal data by having one (or more) code violations (having two pulses of the same polarity in a row) in short succession, so that the receiver may detect these substituted patterns and decode them as a run of 0's.
• Examples -
• Bipolar with 8 Zero Substitution (B8ZS) - whenever 8 consecutive 0's are encountered in the data, then the 8 0's are replaced with the pattern 000VB0VB, where {V,B} = {+,-} with V the polarity of the last mark (causing a code violation) and B a pulse of the opposite polarity of the preceeding one. Popular in the USA. Requires only memory of polarity of last pulse and number of consecutive 0's seen, buffering the last 5 bits.
• EX:
```                         data    = 011001000000000000100
^^^^^^^^        - run of 8 0's
encoded = 0+-00+000+-0-+0000-00
^---^^-^         - code violations
||||||||        - special pattern
```
• High-density Bipolar - 3 Zeros (HDB3) - Popular in Europe and Japan. Starts with Bipolar-AMI, and substitutes 4 consecutive 0's with one of four patterns, according to both the polarity of the preceding pulse and the number of pulses since the last substitution (so that no dc component is introduced). Requires memory of polarity of last pulse, parity of number of pulses seen since last substitution, and number of consecutive 0's seen. Must buffer 4 bits.
```                                           Pulses since last substitution
Preceding Polarity         Odd         Even
-                  000-        +00+
+                  000+        -00-
IN GENERAL                000V        BOOV
```
• EX:
```                         data = 011001000000100000100
^^^^   ^^^^    - runs of 4 zeros each
HDB3 = 0+-00+-00-00+000+0-00
^--^  ^---^        - code violations
||||   ||||        - special patterns
```
• Note: since repeating a pulse of the same polarity to cause a code violation will introduce dc bias, this must be remedied - B8ZS does this by balancing the number of positive and negative pulses in its substitution pattern, but the pattern is long, so 7 0's in the data can go through unsubstituted. HDB3 compensates for imbalance its shorter pattern could introduce by a more complex method for choosing the pattern used, so that the net imbalance is never bad. It does this by insuring that the unbalanced substitution patterns are always of alternating polarity.
Once a coding form is chosen, then a sending unit may transmit data to a receiving unit using the same coding and conventions. The sender usually wishes to distinguish between control and data bits, and indicate the byte or word boundaries of the data bits. Synchronization and framing are the topic of the next page .
This document is copyright 1995 by Richard E. Newman-Wolfe.