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In electronics and telecommunicationspulse shaping is the process of precoding duobinary signaling cascades the waveform of transmitted pulses. Its purpose is to make the transmitted signal better suited to its purpose or the communication channeltypically by limiting the effective bandwidth of the transmission.
By filtering the transmitted pulses this way, the intersymbol interference caused by the channel can be kept in control. In RF communication, pulse shaping is essential for making the signal fit in its frequency band. Typically pulse shaping occurs after line coding and modulation. Transmitting a signal at high modulation rate through a band-limited channel can create intersymbol interference.
As the modulation rate increases, the signal's bandwidth increases. When the signal's bandwidth becomes larger than the channel bandwidth, the channel starts to introduce distortion to the signal. This distortion usually manifests itself as intersymbol interference. The signal's spectrum is determined by the pulse shaping filter used by the transmitter. Usually the transmitted symbols are represented as a time sequence of dirac delta precoding duobinary signaling cascades.
This theoretical signal is then filtered with the pulse shaping filter, producing the transmitted signal. The spectrum of the transmission is thus determined by the precoding duobinary signaling cascades. In many base band communication systems the pulse shaping filter is implicitly a boxcar filter. This is not a big problem when optical fibre or even twisted pair cable is used as the communication channel.
However, in RF communications this would waste bandwidth, and only tightly specified frequency bands are used for single transmissions. In other precoding duobinary signaling cascades, the channel for the signal is band-limited. Therefore better filters have been developed, which attempt to minimise the bandwidth needed for a certain symbol rate. An example in other areas of electronics is the generation of pulses where the rise time need to be short; one way to do this is to start with a precoding duobinary signaling cascades pulse, and decrease the rise time, for example with a step recovery diode circuit.
Not every filter can be used as a pulse shaping filter. The filter itself must not introduce intersymbol interference — it needs to precoding duobinary signaling cascades certain criteria. The Nyquist ISI criterion is a commonly used criterion for evaluation, because it relates the frequency spectrum of the transmitter signal to intersymbol interference. Sender side pulse shaping is often combined with a receiver side matched filter to achieve optimum tolerance for noise in the system.
In this case the pulse shaping is equally distributed between the sender and receiver filters. The filters' amplitude responses are thus pointwise square roots of the system filters. Other approaches that eliminate complex pulse shaping filters have been invented. Precoding duobinary signaling cascades OFDMthe carriers are modulated so slowly that each carrier is virtually unaffected by the bandwidth limitation of the channel.
It is also called as Boxcar filter as its frequency domain equivalent is a rectangular shape. Theoretically the best pulse shaping filter would be the sinc filter, but it cannot be implemented precisely. It is a non-causal filter with relatively slowly decaying tails. It is also problematic from a synchronisation point of view as any phase error results in steeply increasing intersymbol interference. Raised-cosine precoding duobinary signaling cascades are practical to implement and they are in wide use.
They have a configurable excess bandwidth, so communication systems can choose a trade off between a simpler filter and spectral efficiency.