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Unformatted text preview: Intuitive Guide to Principles of Communications
By Charan Langton
www.complextoreal.com Understanding Frequency Modulation (FM), Frequency Shift Keying (FSK), Sunde’s FSK and MSK and
The process of modulation consists of mapping the information on to an electromagnetic medium (a
carrier). This mapping can be digital or it can be analog. The modulation takes place by varying the three
parameters of the sinusoid carrier.
1. Map the info into amplitude changes of the carrier
2. Map the info into changes in the phase of the carrier
3. Map the info into changes in the frequency of the carrier.
The first method is known as amplitude modulation. The second and third are both a from of angle
modulation, with second known as phase and third as frequency modulation.
Let’s start with a sinusoid carrier given by its general equation c(t ) = Ac cos(2π f c t + φ 0 )
This wave has an amplitude Ac a starting phase of fð0 and the carrier frequency, fc. The carrier in Figure
1 has amplitude of 1 v, with fc of 4 Hz and starting phase of 45 degrees.
Generally when we refer to amplitude, we are talking about the maximum amplitude, but amplitude also
means any instantaneous amplitude at any time t, and so it is really a variable quantity depending on where you
specify it. Figure 1 – A sinusoid carrier of frequency 4, starting phase of 45 degrees and amplitude of 1 volt.
The amplitude modulation changes the amplitude (instantaneous and maximum) in response to the
information. Take the following two signals; one is analog and the other digital . a. Analog message signal, m(t) b. Binary message signal, m(t)
Fig 2 – Two arbitrary message signals, m(t) About Amplitude Modulation (AM)
The amplitude modulated wave is created by multiplying the amplitude of a sinusoid carrier with the
message signal. s (t ) = m(t ) c(t )
= Ac m(t ) cos(2π f c t + φ 0 )
The modulated signal shown in Figure 3, is of carrier frequency fc but now the amplitude changes in
response to the information. We can see the analog information signal as the envelope of the modulated signal.
Same is true for the digital signal. a. Amplitude modulated carrier shown with analog message signal as its envelope c. Amplitude modulated carrier shown with binary message signal as its envelope
Figure 3 – Amplitude modulated carrier, a. analog, b. digital Let’s look at the argument of the carrier. What is it? The argument is an angle in radians. The argument of a cosine function is always an angle we know that
from our first class in trigonometry. The second term is what is generally called the phase. In amplitude
modulation only the amplitude of the carrier changes as we can see above for both binary and analog messages.
Phase and frequency retain their initial values.
Any modulation method that changes the angle instead of the amplitude is called angle modulation. The
angle consists of two parts, the phase and the frequency part. The modulation that changes the phase part is
called phase modulation (PM) and one that changes the frequency part is called frequency modulation (FM).
How do you define frequency? Frequency is the number of 2 pð revolutions over a certain time period.
Mathematically, we can write the expression for average frequency as f ∆t = φi (t + ∆t ) − φi (t )
2π ∆t 1 This equation says; the average frequency is equal to the difference in the phase at time t + Dðt and
time t, divided by 2pð (or 360 degrees if we are dealing in Hz.)
Example: a signal changes phase from 45 to 2700 degrees over 0.1 second. What is its average frequency? = 2700 − 45
= 73.75 Hz
360* 0.1 This is the average frequency over time period t = 0.1 secs. Perhaps it will be different over 0.2 secs or
some other time period or maybe not, we don’t know.
What is the instantaneous frequency of this signal at any particular moment in the 0.1 second period? We
don’t really know given this information.
The instantaneous frequency is defined as the limit of the average frequency as Dðt gets smaller and
smaller and approaches 0. So we take limit of equation 1 to create an expression for instantaneous frequency,
The fi(t) is the limit of fDðt(t) as Dðt goes to 0. The phase change over time Dðt is changed to a differential
to indicate change from discrete to continuous. f i (t ) = lim f ∆t (t )
∆t → 0 φi (t + ∆t ) − φi (t )
∆t → 0
1 dφi (t )
= lim This last result is very important in developing understanding of both phase and frequency modulation!
The 2pð factor has been moved up front. The remaining is just the differential of the phase.
Another way we can state this is by recognizing that radial frequency wð is equal to ω = 2 π f i (t )
It is also equal to the rate of change of phase, ω= d (φi (t ))
dt so again we get, f t (t ) = 1 dφi (t )
2π dt 2 Intuitively, it says; the frequency of a signal is equal to its phase change over time. When seen as a
phasor, the signal phasor rotates in response to phase change. The faster it spins (phase change), the higher its
What does it mean, if I say: the phasor rotates for one cycle and then changes directions, goes the oppo- site way for one cycle and then changes direction again? This is a representation of a phase modulation.
Changing directions means the signal has changed its phase by 180 deg.
We can do a simple minded phase modulation this way. Go N spins in clockwise directions in response to
a 1 and N spins in counterclockwise directions in response to a 0. Here N represents frequency of the phasor. Figure 4 – The carrier as a phasor, the faster it spins, the higher the frequency. If frequency is the rate of change of phase, then what is phase in terms of frequency? As we know from
definition of frequency that it is number of full 2 pð rotations in a time period.
Given, a signal has traveled for 0.3 seconds, at a frequency of 10 Hz with a starting phase of 0, what is
its phase now? Phase now φ = 2π f i t = 10 Hz × 2π × .3 = 20 radians
This is an integration of the total number of radians covered by the signal in 0.3 secs. Now we write this
as an integral,
.3 φi (t ) = 2π ∫ f i (t )dt
0 and since this is average frequency, it is constant over this time period, we get Phase now φ = 2π f i t = 10 Hz × 2π × .3 = 20 radians
We note the phase and frequency are related by
Phase a Integral of frequency
Frequency a Differential of phase Phase modulation
Let the phase be variable. Going back to the original equation of the carrier, change the phase (the
underlined term only) from a constant to a function of time. c(t ) = Ac cos(2π f c t + φ (t ) ) 3 We can phase modulate this carrier by changing the phase in response to the message signal. φi (t ) = k p m(t )
Now we can write the equation for the carrier with a changing phase as s (t ) = Ac cos(2π f c t + k p m(t )) 4 The factor k p is called the phase sensitivity factor or the modulation index of the message signal. For
analog modulation, this expression is called the phase modulation. In phasor representation of an analog PM,
the phasor slows down gradually to full stop and then again picking up speed in the opposite direction gradually.
In binary case, the phasor does not slow down gradually but stops abruptly. This is easy to imagine. Take
a look at equation 4. Replace the underlined terms by a 0 or a 1, or better yet, replace it by 180oð if m(t) is 1
and -180oð if it is a 0. Now, we have a binary PSK signal. The phase changes from -180oð to +180o in response to a message bit.
This is the main difference between analog and digital phase modulation in that in digital, the phase
changes are discrete and in analog, they are gradual and not obvious. For binary PSK, phase change is mapped
very simply as two discrete values of phase. s (t ) = ac cos(2π f c t + φ j ) φ j = 0 or π a. Phase modulation is response to a binary message. The phase changes are abrupt. b. Phase modulation is response to an analog message. The phase changes are smooth.
Figure 5 – Phase modulated carrier for both binary and analog messages. Frequency modulation
FM is a variation of angle modulation where instead of phase, we change the frequency of the carrier in
response to the message signal.
Vary the frequency by adding a time varying component to the carrier frequency. f t (t ) = f c + k f m(t )
where fc is the frequency of the unmodulated carrier, and kf a scaling factor, and m(t), the message signal.
The term kf m(t) can called a deviation from the carrier frequency.
Example, a carrier with fc = 100, kf = 8 and message bit rate = 1. Assume the message signal is polar so
we have 1 for a 1 and -1 for 0.
For m(t) = 1, we get f1 = 100+ 8(1) = 108 Hz
for m(t) = -1 f 2 = 100- 8(1) = 92 Hz
The phasor rotates at a frequency of 108 Hz, as long as it has a signal of 1 and at 92 Hz for a signal
indicating a 0 bit.
Remember the equation relating phase and frequency f i (t ) = 1 dθ i (t )
2π dt 5 which can also be written as
t φi (t ) = 2π ∫ f i (t )dt 6 −∞ Now look at the carrier equation, s (t ) = Ac cos(2π f c t + φi ) 7 We define the instantaneous frequency of this signal as the sum of a constant part, which is the carrier
frequency, and a changing part as show below. f t (t ) = f c + k f m(t ) 8 The argument of the carrier is an angle. So we need to convert this frequency term to an angle. Do that by taking the integral of this expression (invoke equation 6)
t θ i (t ) = 2π ∫ t f c dt + 2π k f −∞ ∫ m(t )dt −∞ and since fc is a constant, this is just equal to
t θ i (t ) = 2π f c t + 2π k f ∫ m(t )dt 9 −∞ Now we plug this as the argument of the carrier into equation 7 and we get
t s (t ) = Ac cos (2π f c t + 2π k f ∫ m(t )dt ) −∞ 10 This represent the equation of a FM modulated signal. A decidedly unpleasant looking equation! This is
about as far as you can get from intuitive. There is no resemblance at all to anything we can imagine.
Analog FM is one of the more complex ideas in communications. It is very difficult to develop an intuitive
feeling for it. Bessel functions rear their multi-heads here and things go from bad to worse. Thankfully this is
where binary signals come to the rescue. The binary or digital form of Frequency Modulation is very easy to
But before we do that, examine the following relationship between FM and PM.
Let’s write out both equations side by side so we can see what’s going on.
PM: s (t ) = Ac cos(2π f c t + k p m(t )) FM: s (t ) = Ac cos (2π f c t + 2π k f 11 t ∫ m(t )dt ) −∞ 12 Note that in FM, we integrate the message signal before modulating. Both FM and PM modulated signals
are conceptually identical, the only difference being in the first case phase is modulated directly by the message
signal and in FM case, the message signal is first integrated and then used in place of the phase.
Using a Phase modulator we can create a FM signal by just integrating the message signal first. Similarly
with a FM modulator we can create a PM signal by differentiating the message signal before modulation. Differentiator Derivative
of m(t) Phase
Modulator A FM signal m(t)
A PM signal
Integrator Freq uency
Integ ral Modulator
o f m(t) Figure 6 – Phase and Frequency modulators are interchangeable by just changing the form of the message signal.
Differentiate the message signal and then feed to a PM modulator to get a FM signal and vice-versa for FM. Frequency Shift Keying – the digital form of FM
The binary version of FM is called the Frequency Shift Keying or FSK. Here the frequency does not keep
changing gradually over symbol time but changes in discrete amounts in response to a message similar to
binary PSK where phase change is discrete.
The modulated signal can be written very simply as consisting of two different carriers. s1 (t ) = Ac cos(2π f1t )
s2 (t ) = Ac cos(2π f 2t )
s1(t) in response to a 1 and s2(t) in response to a 0.
Getting sophisticated, this can be written as a deviation from the carrier frequency. s1 (t ) = Ac cos(2π ( f c − ∆f )t )
s2 (t ) = Ac cos(2π ( f c + ∆f )t )
Here Dðf is called the frequency deviation. This is excursion of the signal above and below the carrier
frequency and indicates the quality of the signal such in stereo FM reception.
Each of these two frequencies f1 and f2, are an offset from the carrier frequency, fc. Let’s call the higher of
these fh and lower fl,. Now we can create a very simple FM modulator as shown the Figure 7. We can use this
table to modulate the incoming message signal. m(t) Amplitude of
0 We send fl in response to a -1 and 0 in response to a +1. When we get a change from a -1 to +1, we switch frequency, so that only one signal, either fh or fl is transmitted.
The combined signal can be written as, keeping mind that two terms are orthogonal in time and never
occur at the same time. sBFSK (t ) = Ah cos(2π f h t + φh ) + Al cos(2π f l t + φl ) 13 Figure 7 – A FSK modulator In the modulator shown here, we are changing the amplitude Al and Ah which are either 0 or 1 in response
to the message signal, but never present at the same time.
The above process looks very much like amplitude modulation. The only difference is that the signal
polarity goes from 0 to 1(because Ah is either 0 or 1), rather than -1 to +1 as it does in BPSK. This is an
important difference and we can try to understand FM better by making this clever substitution (Ref. 1). 11'
+ Ah (t )
Al (t ) = + Al' (t )
Ah (t ) = 14 These transformations turn Ah and Al from 0,1 to -1, +1.
Now we substitute these into equation 13 and get, sBFSK (t ) = cos(2π f h t + φh ) + cos(2π fl t + φl )
+ A' h cos(2π f ht + φh ) + A'l cos(2π f l t + φl ) 15 The first two terms are just cosines of frequencies fh and fl, so their spectrum contribution is an impulse at
frequencies fh and fl. The second two terms are amplitude modulated carriers. These last two terms give rise to
a sin x/x type of spectrum of the square pulse as shown below. Figure 8 – Sin x/ x spectrum of a square signal pulse The basic idea behind a FM spectrum is that it is a superimposition of impulses and sin x/x spectrum of
the pulses. However, this is true only if the separation or deviation is quite large and the overlap is small. The
combinations are not linear and not easily predicted unless of course you use a program like SPW, Matlab or
Mathcad as I do.
The following figures show the spectrum of an FSK case, where the carrier frequency is 10, the message
signal frequency is 1, Dðf is equal 2. a. Binary message signal, m(t) = 2 b. Modulated signal, s(t) with fc = 4 Figure 9- Spectrum of the modulated signal, Dðf is equal 2. Note the two impulses at frequencies 2 and 6 Hz. Here we see clearly that there are two impulses representing the carrier frequencies, 2 and 6. If you
ignore, these, the remaining are just two sin x/ x spectrums centered at frequencies 2 and 6, added together.
We define a term called the modulation index of a FM signal. m= ∆f
fm 16 where Dðf is what is called the frequency deviation, and fm is the frequency of the message signal. ∆f = f 2 − f1
2 This factor m, determines the occupied bandwidth and is a measure of the bandwidth of the signal.
The FM broadcasting in the US takes place at carrier frequencies of app. 50 MHz. The message signal
which is music, has frequency content up to about 15 kHz. The FCC allows deviation of 75 kHz. For this, the
m is m= ∆f 75
5 m, is independent of the carrier frequency and depends only on the message signal frequency and the
allowed deviation frequency. This factor is not constant for a particular signal as is the AM modulation index.
In FM broadcasting m can go very high, since the message signal has some pretty low frequencies, such as 50
Hz. For FM it can vary any where from 1500 to 5 on the low end.
FM signal is classified in two categories,
Signals with m << 1 are called Narrowband FM
Signals with m >> 1 are called Wideband FM FM radio is an obviously a wideband signal by this definition.
The smaller the deviation, the closer the main lobes lie and in fact overlap and larger the deviation, the
further out the signal spreads. The following figures show the effect of increasing modulation index on the
signal spectrum and bandwidth. a. Binary message signal, m(t) = 1 b. Modulated signal fc = 4, Dðf = 5 c. Spectrum shows two impulses at f; 5 + 4 = 9 and 4 - 5 = -1 d. Modulated signal, fc = 4, Dðf = 10 e. Spectrum shows two impulses at f; 10 + 4 = 14 and 4-10 = -6
Note that the spectrum does look like a superposition of impulses and sinc functions. f. Modulated signal, fc = 4, Dðf = 1 g. Spectrum shows two impulses at f; 1 + 4 = 5 and 4 - 1 = 3 h. Modulated signal, fc = 4, Dðf = .4 i. Spectrum shows two impulses at f; 4 + .1 = 4.1 and 4 - .11 = 3.9
Figure 10 – Relationship of FM modulation index and its spectrum. As index gets large, the signal bandwidth
increases. In these figures, we can define the bandwidth as the space between the main lobes or impulses. In fact as kf gets very small, the general rules of identifying the impulses do not apply and we have to know about Bessel functions in order to compute the spectrum.
There are two very special cases of FM that bear discussing.
Sunde’s FSK is a special case of the general form we have described above. Here the frequency spacing
of the two carriers, fh and fl is exactly equal to the symbol rate.
Dðf = fm
Two tones appear at frequencies which are exactly the symbol rate and these help in the demodulation of
this signal without external timing information. When you can extract timing information from a signal, the
detection task is called coherent and generally has better BER performance. a. Message signal with bit rate = 1.0 b. Modulated signal, fc = 8, deviation = 1.0 kf = 1.0 Figure 11 – Sunde’s FSK spectrum with tones at = 9 and 7 Hz. The spectrum of Sunde’s FSK is given by 4T
S ( f ) = δ ( f − .5 ) + δ ( f + .5 ) + 2s
4 cos(π fTs 22 4 f Ts − 1 2 17 The first two underlined terms are the two impulses (batman’s ears in above spectrum) and the last term is
the spectrum of the message signal, which is not quite sin x/x as I had said earlier. Minimum Shift Keying - MSK
Minimum Shift Keying, another special from of FSK (also called Continuous phase FSK or CPSFK) and
a very important one. It is used widely in cellular systems.. MSK is also a special from of PSK owing to the
equivalence of phase and frequency modulation which we will discuss in more detail again. For now, let it
suffice to say that MSK is a special case where
Dðf = .5 fm
m = 0.5
The MSK spectrum has no discrete components unlike all the other FSKs including Sunde’s above. The
spectrum is just a bit wider than QPSK but its side lobes fall off much more quickly than QPSK In wireless
systems, it often offers better properties than QPSK due to its constant envelope characteristics, as we can see
in the comparison above. a. MSK modulated signal, m(t) = 2.0, Dðf = 1 MSK spectrums does look a lot like a QPSK spectrum but is not the same.
Figure 12 – MSK signal and spectrum. Note that it has no “Batman ears” as in all other FSKs. The spectrum of MSK is given by 16T
S( f ) = 2s
π cos(2π fTs 22
16 f Ts − 1 2 18 (We will discuss MSK again from PSK point of view in the next tutorial.) M-ary FSK
A M-ary FSK is just an extension of BFSK. Instead of two carriers, we have M. These carriers can be
orthogonal or not, but the orthogonal case would obviously give better BER.
M-ary FSK requires considerably larger bandwidth than M-PSK but as M increases, the BER goes down
unlike M-PSK. Infact if number of frequencies are increased, M-FSK becomes an OFDM like modulation. Analog FM
Response to a sinusoid – not as simple as we would like
I have side-skirted the issue of analog FM’s complicated spectrum. Binary or digital FSK allows us to
delve into FM and is easy to understand but a majority of FM transmission such for radio is analog. So we will
touch on that aspect to give you the full understanding.
Now we will look at what happens to a message signal that is a single sinusoid of frequency fm when it is
FM modulated. t s (t ) = Ac cos (2π f c t + 2π k f ∫ m(t )dt ) −∞ 19 Let’s take a message signal as shown below. Figure 13 – Just a lowly sinusoid that is about to be mangled to high-fidelity heights by a FM modulator. s (t ) = Ac cos(2π f c t + 2π k f sin f m t )
Now set Ac = 1 and switch to radial frequency for convenience ( less typing.) s (t ) = cos(ω c t + k f sin ω mt )
By the well-known trigonometric relationship, this equation is becomes s (t ) = cos(ω c t + k f sin ω mt )
= cos ω c t cos(k f sin ω mt ) − sin ω c t sin( k f sin ω mt ) 20 Now the terms cos(k f sin ω m t ) can be expanded. How and why, we leave it to the mathematicians, and
see that we again get a pretty hairy looking result. cos(k f sin ω mt ) = J 0 (k f ) + 2 J 2 (k f ) cos(2ω mt ) + 2 J 4 (k f ) cos(4ω 21 The sin(k f sin ω mt ) is similarly written as sin(k f sin ω mt ) = 2 J1 ( k f )sin(ω m t ) + 2 J 3 ( k f ) sin(3ω mt ) + 2 J 5 (k
(Note kf = m)
The underlined functions are Bessell functions and are function of the modulation index m or kf. They are
seen many places where harmonic signals analysis and despite my bad-mouthing, they are quite harmless and
benign. There are just so many of them. They ones here are of first kind and of order n. The terms of the cosine
expansion since it is an even function, contain only even harmonics of wm and sin expansion has only odd
harmonics and this is obvious if you will examine the above equations even casually.
Figure 14 shows the general shape of 4 Bessel functions as the order is increased. The x-axis is modulation index kf and the y-axis is the value of the Bessel function value. For example, for kf = 2, the values of the
various Bessel functions are
J0 = .25
J1 = .65
J2 = .25
J3 = .18
The FM carriers take their amplitude values from these functions as we will see below. Figure 14 – Bessel function of the first kind of order n, shown for order = 0, 1, 2 and 4
X-axis is read as the modulation index kf, and y-axis is the value of the amplitude of the associated harmonic.
Except for the 0 – order function, all others start at 0.0 and damp down with cycle. Below we see a plot of what the cos and sin expansions (equations 22, 21) containing the various Bessel
functions look like for just four terms. 0.96 1 0.5 0
expfcos( 5 , t )
0.5 1 1.028 1.5 0 0.2 0.4 0 Figure 15 – Plot of 1.085 0.6
t cos(k f sin ω mt ) = J 0 (k f ) + 2 J 2 (k f ) cos(2ω mt ) + 2 J 4 (k f ) cos(4ω 2 1 expfsin( 5 , t ) 0 1 1.085 2 0 0.2 0.4 0 Figure 16 – Plot of 0.6
t sin(k f sin ω mt ) = 2 J1 ( k f )sin(ω m t ) + 2 J 3 ( k f ) sin(3ω mt ) + 2 J 5 (k Now we put it all together (plug equations 21, 22 into equation 20)
And by trigonometric magic get, an expression for the FM modulated signal. s (t ) = J 0 (k f ) cos(ω c t )
− J1 (k f ) [cos(ω c − ω m )t − cos(ω c + ω m )t ] + J 2 (k f ) [cos(ω c − 2ω m )t − cos(ω c + 2ω m )t ]
− J 3 (k f ) [cos(ω c − 3ω m )t − cos(ω c + 3ω m )t ]
Remember this is a response to just one single solitary sinusoid. This signal contains the carrier with amplitude set by Bessel function of 0 order (the first underlined term), and sideband on each side of the carrier
at harmonically related separations of ω m , 2ω m , 3ω m , 4ω m ,... . This is very different from AM, in that we
know that in AM, a single sinusoid would give rise to just two sidebands (FFT of the sinusoid) on each side of
the carrier. So many sidebands, in fact an infinite number of them, for just one sinusoid!
Each of these components has a Bessel function as its amplitude value. For certain values of kf, we can
see that J0 function can be 0. In such case there would no carrier at all (MSK) and all power is in sidebands.
For the case of kf = 0, which also means that there is no modulation, all power is in the carrier and all sideband
Bessel function values are zero.
FM is called a constant envelope modulation. As we know the power of a signal is function of its amplitude only. We note that the total power of the signal is constant and not a function of the frequency. For FM,
the power gets distributed amongst the sidebands, the total power always remains equal to the square of the
amplitude and is constant.. Here we plot the above signal for kf = 2 and kf = 1. Figure 17 – Modulated FM signal for kf = 2 and kf = 1, the red signal is moving faster indicated higher frequency
components . Examples of FM spectrums to a sinusoid.
In the following signals, the only thing we are changing is the modulation index kf. This increases the
frequency separation (or deviation and increases the bandwidth.) kf = 0.5 kf = 1 kf = 2 kf = 4
Figure 18 – Time domain FM signals for various kf values. Figure 19 – Spectrum of FM signals for various kf values.
Bandwidth of a FM signal
The bandwidth of an FM signal is kind of slippery thing. Carson’s rule states that is bandwidth of a FM
signal is equal to Bandwidthest . = 2(∆f + f m )
Here fm = 2
Ts or is equal to the baseband symbol rate, Rs.
If the frequencies f1 and f2 chosen satisfy the following equation, the cross-correlation between the
carriers is zero, then this is an orthogonal set.
T0 ρ = ∫ cos(2π f1t ) cos(2π f 2t ) dt = 0
0 The output of I is maximum just when output of Q channel is zero. The decision at the receiver is a
simple matter of determining if the voltage is present.
The BER of a BFSK system is given by 1
1 Es Pe = 1 − erf 2
2 N0 2 If however, if the cross-correlation is not zero,
T0 ρ = ∫ cos(2π f1t ) cos(2π f 2t ) dt ≠ 0
0 then energy is present on both channels at the same time and in presence of noise, symbol decision may be
flawed. Expanding above equation, we get, ρ= sin(π ( f 2 − f1 )Ts ) cos(π ( f 2 − f1 )Ts )
π ( f 2 − f1 )Ts Now set ( f 2 − f1 )Ts = ρ= 4∆f
= 4k f
fm sin(4π k f ) cos(4π k f )
4π k f Figure 20 – Cross-correlation between I and Q FSK signals. The zero crossing points are the preferable points of
operation. Plotting this equation against the 2 times modulation index kf, we get Figure 20. The y-axis which is
correlation between I and Q channels is 0 at specific values of kf. These values are 1, 2, 3 and 4 and so on.
The point with the lowest correlation (negative value is considered the most efficient place to operate an
FSK. At first zero crossing, we note that the symbols are located only half a symbol apart so, coherent detection is not possible at this point. The next zero crossing, where kf = 1, is the Sunde’s FSK. Coherent detection
is possible at this point because symbols are at least ((f2-f1)Ts = 1) one symbol apart. The 4th zero crossing is
Bandwidth of Sunde’s FSK is given by B = ( f 2 − f1 ) + 23
Ts Ts Hz And for MSK, B = ( f 2 − f1 ) + 45
Ts Ts Hz Sunde’s FSK gives us the most spectrally efficient form of FSK that can be detected incoherently,
whereas MSK gives us a spectrum that is a lot like QPSK but rolls-off much faster.
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