Quadrature Demod

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This can be used to demod FM, FSK, GMSK, etc. The input is complex baseband, output is the signal frequency in relation to the sample rate, multiplied with the gain.

Mathematically, this block calculates the product of the one-sample delayed input and the conjugate undelayed signal, and then calculates the argument of the resulting complex number:

y[n] = \mathrm{arg}\left(x[n] \, \bar x [n-1]\right)

Let x be a complex sinusoid with amplitude A>0, (absolute) frequency f\in\mathbb R and phase \phi_0\in[0;2\pi] sampled at f_s>0 so, without loss of generality,

x[n]= A e^{j2\pi( \frac f{f_s} n + \phi_0)}\f


y[n] = \mathrm{arg}\left(A e^{j2\pi\left( \frac f{f_s} n + \phi_0\right)} \overline{A e^{j2\pi( \frac f{f_s} (n-1) + \phi_0)}}\right)\ = \mathrm{arg}\left(A^2 e^{j2\pi\left( \frac f{f_s} n + \phi_0\right)} e^{-j2\pi( \frac f{f_s} (n-1) + \phi_0)}\right)\ = \mathrm{arg}\left( A^2 e^{j2\pi\left( \frac f{f_s} n + \phi_0 - \frac f{f_s} (n-1) - \phi_0\right)}\right)\ = \mathrm{arg}\left( A^2 e^{j2\pi\left( \frac f{f_s} n - \frac f{f_s} (n-1)\right)}\right)\ = \mathrm{arg}\left( A^2 e^{j2\pi\left( \frac f{f_s} \left(n-(n-1)\right)\right)}\right)\ = \mathrm{arg}\left( A^2 e^{j2\pi \frac f{f_s}}\right) \intertext{$A$ is real, so is $A^2$ and hence only \textit{scales}, therefore $\mathrm{arg}(\cdot)$ is invariant:} = \mathrm{arg}\left(e^{j2\pi \frac f{f_s}}\right)\= \frac f{f_s}\\

A rendered version of the equations is available there: [1]


Gain setting to adjust the output amplitude. Set based on converting the phase difference between samples to a nominal output value.

Example Flowgraph

This flowgraph shows the Quadrature Demod block as a Frequency Shift Keying detector.

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