# Information Sources And Signals

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Information Sources And Signals

Review: Composite Signals and Frequency Domain Representations
Time Domain Representation Frequency Domain Representation 2 2

Signal Bandwidth A Measure of Signal Frequency Range
The difference between the highest and the lowest frequencies contained in a signal.

What Is the Bandwidth of This Signal?
2 - 1 = 1Hz

If a signal is decomposed into three sine waves with frequencies of 300, 700, and 1200 Hz, what is its bandwidth?

Why Should We Care about Bandwidth?
We need to know the bandwidth of a signal to make sure the communication channel is wide enough to transmit it.

An Analogy

In reality, The bandwidth of a signal is much larger than what is allowed by a communication channel. We need to chop off some frequency components of a signal so that it can be transmitted AND as much information as possible can be preserved.

Digital Signals

Digital Signals Use voltage to represent digital values
A positive voltage  a logical one (1) Zero or a negative voltage  a logical zero (0) +5 volts is usually what we use in computer hardware. +5 or 0 -> 1 or 0 Two levels: 1 bit

Digital Signal Levels Some physical mechanisms can support more than two signal levels. For example, consider a system that uses four levels of voltage: -5 volts, -2 volts, +2 volts, and +5 volts

Digital Signal Levels More signal levels a system has, more bits need to be sent out per unit time.

Bits and Signal Levels Often we use bits to describe signal levels
How many bits can we represent using 4 levels? -5, -2, 2, 5 How many bits can we represent using 8 levels? How many levels do we need to represent n bits?

More Bits, Better? More bits a system can deliver at a given time period, more information it can transfer. Can we increase the signal levels as many as possible? Mathematically, it is doable. Practically, electronic systems cannot distinguish between signal levels (voltage levels) that differ by small amounts.

What’s the bandwidth of digital signals?
Fourier Analysis: = Time Domain Representation Frequency Domain Representation

Digital Signals The bandwidth of a digital signal is infinite!
Accurate representation of a digital signal requires an infinite set of sine waves. Transmitting/reproducing digital signals is impractical Engineers adopt a compromise: generate analog waves that closely approximate the digital signal approximation involves building a composite signal from only a few sine waves the quality of approximation depends on the channel bandwidth 16 16

Bandwidth-Limited Signals
Having less bandwidth (harmonics) degrades the signal 8 sine waves Lost! Bandwidth 4 sine waves Lost! 2 sine waves Lost! CN5E by Tanenbaum & Wetherall, © Pearson Education-Prentice Hall and D. Wetherall, 2011

Speed/Capacity of Data Transmittion
We use bit rate (bits per second) to measure the speed/capacity of transmission. Two factors to consider when measuring the bit rate. The number of signal levels How many bits at each level? How long does a system have to stay at a given level? Should be long enough to guarantee the signal to be received. We use Baud to measure how many times the signal can change per second

Baud Baud rate is confined by hardware. Some numbers (theoretical)
Dial-in (v.90): 56k ISDN: 128k DSL: 300k – 1,500k (1.5M) Cable: 300k – 6,000k (6M) (could go higher) T1: 1.5M T3: 44M 100Base-T: 100M Baud rates on real connections may be lower. 19 19

Bit Rate If a system with two signal levels operates at 1000 baud, how many bits he system can transfer per second? How about a system that operates at 2000 baud and has four signal levels 20 20

Diverse signals and systems means different signal levels and baud rates. Different signal levels + Different baud rates  Troubles! The systems at both ends must be able to measure time precisely. if one end transmits a signal with 10 elements per second, the other end must expect exactly 10 elements per second

Example of Synchronization Error

Handshaking At slow speeds, easy At high speeds, many challenges if one end transmits a signal with 109 elements per second, the other end must expect exactly 109 elements per second (not 109-1, not 109+1) 1 … 0 Um, how many zeros was that?

Manchester Encoding For computers, detecting a transition in signal level is much easier than measuring the signal level A transition from 0V to +5V  logical 1 A transition from +5V to 0V  logical 0 Transitions occur in the middle of each time slot

Converting an Analog Signal to Digital
Pulse code modulation

Converting an Analog Signal to Digital
The three steps used PCM Sampling an analog signal. Quantizing the sampled value. Encoding the quantized value. 4.5 5.7 3.2 26 26

How many samples do we need?
too few samples: may only give a crude approximation of the original signal too many samples: more digital data will be generated, which uses extra bandwidth

The Nyquist Theorem and Sampling Rate
A mathematician named Nyquist discovered exactly how much sampling is required: fmax : the highest frequency in the composite signal. Sample a signal at least twice as fast as the highest frequency that must be preserved.

Q: At what rate should we sample the following signal?

Example: Bit Rate of Telephone System
Audio bandwidth Acceptable quality: preserving frequency up to 4k Sampling rate (baud) = 2*4K = 8K Quantization: Reasonable quality reproduction: 8 bits / 256 levels

Digital Audio Audio frequency Sampling frequency 20 Hz – 20k
Varied from individual to individual Teenbuzz: Sampling frequency MP3: 44.1kHz DVD-audio: 48 kHz

Encoding and Data Compression
Data compression refers to a technique that reduces the number of bits required to represent data Data compression is relevant to a communication system because reducing the number of bits used to represent data reduces the time required for transmission a communication system can be optimized by compressing data Chapter 29 discusses compression in multimedia applications There are two types of compression: Lossy - some information is lost during compression Lossless - all information is retained in the compressed version

Encoding and Data Compression
Lossy compression is generally used with data that a human consumes, such as an image, video/audio The key idea is that the compression only needs to preserve details to the level of human perception a change is acceptable if humans cannot detect the change JPEG (used for images) compression or MPEG-3 (abbreviated MP3 and used for audio recordings) employ lossy compression Lossless compression preserves the original data without missing anything lossless compression can be used for documents or in any situation where data must be preserved exactly when used for communication, a sender compresses the data before transmission and the receiver decompresses the result arbitrary data can be compressed by a sender and decompressed by a receiver to recover an exact copy of the original 33 33

Friday Group research assignment 1 due at 11:59pm
Use class time to work on it