MPSK SNR Estimator

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A block for computing SNR of a M-PSK signal (e.g., BPSK, QPSK, 8-PSK). It copies the input stream to the output stream, but adds a tag that contains the estimated SNR every N samples. It may work with other types of signals, but with a certain amount of error.

Under the hood, the block uses 2nd (M2) and 4th (M4) order moments. This estimator uses knowledge of the kurtosis of the signal (π‘˜π‘Ž) and noise (π‘˜π‘€) to make its estimation. We use Beaulieu's approximations here to M-PSK signals and AWGN channels such that π‘˜π‘Ž=1 and π‘˜π‘€=2. These approximations significantly reduce the complexity of the calculations (and computations) required.

Reference: D. R. Pauluzzi and N. C. Beaulieu, "A comparison of SNR estimation techniques for the AWGN channel," IEEE Trans. Communications, Vol. 48, No. 10, pp. 1681-1691, 2000.


Type -

Below are some ROUGH estimates of what values of SNR each of these types of estimators is good for. In general, these offer a trade-off between accuracy and performance.

  1. Simple: >= 7 dB
  2. Skewness: >= 5 dB
  3. 2nd and 4th Moment: >= 1 dB
  4. SVR: >= 0dB

See for more details

Samples between tags - after this many samples, a tag containing the SNR (key='snr') will be sent on the output port.

Filter Alpha - the update rate of internal running average calculations.