Channelizer
Polyphase FFT analysis filter bank
Libraries:
DSP System Toolbox /
Filtering /
Multirate Filters
Description
The Channelizer block separates a broadband input signal into multiple
narrow subbands using an FFTbased analysis filter bank. The filter bank uses a
prototype lowpass filter and is implemented using a polyphase structure. You can specify
the filter coefficients directly or through design parameters. When you specify the
design parameters, the filter is designed using the designMultirateFIR
function.
This block accepts variablesize inputs, so you can change the size of each input channel during simulation. However, the number of channels cannot change.
Ports
Input
x — Broadband signal
Lby1 column vector  LbyN matrix
Specify the input broadband signal that the channelizer splits into multiple narrow bands.
When you input a variablesize signal (frame length changes during simulation), the frame length of the signal can be arbitrary, that is, the input frame length does not have to be a multiple of the decimation factor.
When you input a fixedsize signal (frame length does not change during simulation), the frame length can be arbitrary only when you select the Allow arbitrary frame length for fixedsize input signals parameter.
This port is unnamed until you set Polyphase filter
specification to Coefficients
and select the Specify coefficients from input port
parameter.
Data Types: single
 double
Complex Number Support: Yes
coeffs — Prototype lowpass filter coefficients
row vector
Coefficients of the prototype lowpass filter. There must be at least one coefficient per frequency band. If the length of the lowpass filter is less than the number of frequency bands, the block zeropads the coefficients.
If you specify complex coefficients, the block designs a prototype filter that is centered at a nonzero frequency, also known as a bandpass filter. The modulated versions of the prototype bandpass filter appear with respect to the prototype filter and are wrapped around the frequency range [−F_{s} F_{s}].
Dependencies
This port appears when you set Polyphase filter
specification to
Coefficients
and select the
Specify coefficients from input port
parameter.
Data Types: single
 double
Complex Number Support: Yes
Output
Output(s) — Multiple narrowband signals
vector  matrix  3D array
Multiple narrow subbands of the input broadband signal, returned as a vector, matrix, or 3D array. The number of output ports and the dimension of each port depends on the dimensions of the input signal and whether you select the Bands as separate output ports (Max. of 16 bands) parameter. (since R2024a)
When you select the
Bands as separate output ports (Max. of 16
bands) parameter, the block outputs each narrowband
signal at a separate port. The number of output ports is in the range [1
min
(Number of frequency
bands, 16)]. When you clear the Bands as
separate output ports (Max. of 16 bands) parameter, the
block outputs each narrowband signal as a separate column in the output
array and outputs the array at a single output port. (since R2024a)
This table provides more information on the dimensions of the output signal when you input a fixedsize input signal (frame size does not change during simulation).
Input Signal  Conditions  Output Signal 

Lby1 column vector, where L is a multiple of M  Clear the Bands as separate output ports (Max. of 16 bands) parameter  (L/M)byM 
Select the Bands as separate output ports (Max. of 16 bands) parameter  The block outputs M narrowband signals of size (L/M)by1 at each of the M output ports. If M > 16, the size of the narrowband signal at the last output port is (L/M)by(M−15).  
Lby1 column vector, where L is not a multiple of M Select the Allow arbitrary frame length for fixedsize input signals parameter. If you do not select Allow arbitrary frame length for fixedsize input signals, the block errors.  Clear the Bands as separate output ports (Max. of 16 bands) parameter 

Select the Bands as separate output ports (Max. of 16 bands) parameter  The block outputs M
narrowband signals of size
If M > 16, the
size of the narrowband signal at the last output
port is
 
LbyN matrix, where L is a multiple of M  Clear the Bands as separate output ports (Max. of 16 bands) parameter  (L/M)byMbyN 
Select the Bands as separate output ports (Max. of 16 bands) parameter  The block outputs M narrowband signals of size (L/M)byN at each of the M output ports. If M > 16, the size of the narrowband signal at the last output port is (L/M)by(M−15)byN.  
LbyN matrix, where L is not a multiple of M Select the Allow arbitrary frame length for fixedsize input signals parameter. If you do not select Allow arbitrary frame length for fixedsize input signals, the block errors.  Clear the Bands as separate output ports (Max. of 16 bands) parameter 

Select the Bands as separate output ports (Max. of 16 bands) parameter  The block outputs M
narrowband signals of size
If M > 16, the
size of the narrowband signal at the last output
port is

This table provides more information on the dimensions of the output signal when you input a variablesize input signal (where signal frame size changes during simulation).
Input Signal  Conditions  Output Signal 

Lby1 column vector, where L is a multiple of M  Clear the Bands as separate output ports (Max. of 16 bands) parameter  (L/M)byM 
Select the Bands as separate output ports (Max. of 16 bands) parameter  The block outputs M narrowband signals of size (L/M)by1 at each of the M output ports. If M > 16, the size of the narrowband signal at the last output port is (L/M)by(M−15).  
Lby1 column vector, where L is not a multiple of M The block ignores the Allow arbitrary frame length for fixedsize input signals parameter.  Clear the Bands as separate output ports (Max. of 16 bands) parameter 

Select the Bands as separate output ports (Max. of 16 bands) parameter  The block outputs M
narrowband signals of size
If M > 16, the
size of the narrowband signal at the last output
port is
 
LbyN matrix, where L is a multiple of M  Clear the Bands as separate output ports (Max. of 16 bands) parameter  (L/M)byMbyN 
Select the Bands as separate output ports (Max. of 16 bands) parameter  The block outputs M narrowband signals of size (L/M)byN at each of the M ports. If M > 16, the size of the narrowband signal at the last output port is (L/M)by(M−15)byN.  
LbyN matrix, where L is not a multiple of M The block ignores the Allow arbitrary frame length for fixedsize input signals parameter.  Clear the Bands as separate output ports (Max. of 16 bands) parameter 

Select the Bands as separate output ports (Max. of 16 bands) parameter  The block outputs M
narrowband signals of size
If M > 16, the
size of the narrowband signal at the last output
port is

Data Types: single
 double
Complex Number Support: Yes
Parameters
If a parameter is listed as tunable, then you can change its value during simulation.
Number of frequency bands — Number of frequency bands
8
(default)  positive integer greater than 1
Specify the number of frequency bands M into which the block separates the input broadband signal. This parameter indicates the FFT length and the decimation factor used by the algorithm.
DecimationFactor — Decimation factor
Number of frequency
bands
(default)  positive integer
Specify the decimation factor D to one of these:
Number of frequency bands
–– When you change the value of the Number of frequency bands parameter, the decimation factor changes automatically. (since R2024a)Positive integer less than or equal to the number of frequency bands M.
If the decimation factor D equals the number of frequency bands M, then the M/D ratio equals 1, and the channelizer is known as the maximally decimated channelizer.
If the M/D ratio is greater than
1
, the output sample rate is different from the
channel spacing, and the channelizer is known as the nonmaximally decimated
channelizer. If the ratio is an integer, the channelizer is known as the
integeroversampled channelizer. If the ratio is not an integer, say 4/3,
the channelizer is known as the rationally oversampled channelizer. For more
details, see Algorithm.
Data Types: single
 double
 int8
 int16
 int32
 int64
 uint8
 uint16
 uint32
 uint64
Polyphase filter specification — Filter design parameters or coefficients
Number of taps per band and stopband
attenuation
(default)  Coefficients
Number of taps per band and stopband attenuation
— Specify the filter design parameters through the Number of filter taps per frequency band and Stopband attenuation (dB) parameters. When you specify the design parameters, the filter is designed using thedesignMultirateFIR
function.Coefficients
— Specify the filter coefficients directly using the Prototype lowpass filter coefficients parameter or input them through the coeffs port.
Number of filter taps per frequency band — Number of filter coefficients per frequency band
12
(default)  positive integer
Number of filter coefficients that each polyphase branch uses. The number of polyphase branches matches the number of frequency bands. The total number of filter coefficients for the prototype lowpass filter is given by Number of frequency bands × Number of filter taps per frequency band. For a given stopband attenuation, increasing the number of taps per band narrows the transition width of the filter. As a result, there is more usable bandwidth for each frequency band, at the expense of increased computation.
Dependencies
To enable this parameter, set Polyphase filter
specification to Number of taps per band and
stopband attenuation
.
Stopband attenuation (dB) — Stopband attenuation
80
(default)  positive real scalar
Stopband attenuation of the lowpass filter, in dB. This value controls the maximum amount of aliasing from one frequency band to the next. As the stopband attenuation increases, the passband ripple decreases.
Dependencies
To enable this parameter, set Polyphase filter
specification to Number of taps per band and
stopband attenuation
.
Specify coefficients from input port — Flag to specify lowpass filter coefficients
off (default)  on
When you select this parameter, the lowpass filter coefficients are input through the coeffs port. When you clear this parameter, the coefficients are specified on the block dialog through the Prototype lowpass filter coefficients parameter.
Dependencies
To enable this parameter, set Polyphase filter
specification to
Coefficients
.
Prototype lowpass filter coefficients — Coefficients of prototype lowpass filter
rcosdesign(0.25,6,8,'sqrt')
(default)  row vector
Coefficients of the prototype lowpass filter. The default value is the
coefficients vector that rcosdesign(0.25,6,8,'sqrt')
returns. There must be at least one coefficient per frequency band. If the
length of the lowpass filter is less than the number of frequency bands, the
block zeropads the coefficients.
If you specify complex coefficients, the block designs a prototype filter that is centered at a nonzero frequency, also known as a bandpass filter. The modulated versions of the prototype bandpass filter appear with respect to the prototype filter and are wrapped around the frequency range [−F_{s} F_{s}].
Tunable: Yes
Dependencies
To enable this parameter, set Polyphase filter
specification to Coefficients
and clear the Specify coefficients from input port
parameter.
Complex Number Support: Yes
Allow arbitrary frame length for fixedsize input signals — Allow arbitrary frame length for fixedsize input signals
off (default)  on
Specify whether fixedsize input signals (whose size does not change during simulation) can have an arbitrary frame length, where the frame length does not have to be a multiple of the decimation factor. The block uses this parameter setting only for fixedsize input signals and ignores this parameter if the input has a variablesize.
When the input signal is a variablesize signal, the signal can have arbitrary frame length, that is, the frame length does not have to be a multiple of the decimation factor.
For fixedsize input signals, if you:
Select the Allow arbitrary frame length for fixedsize input signals parameter, the frame length of the signal does not have to be a multiple of the decimation factor. If the input is not a multiple of the decimation factor, then the output is generally a variablesize signal. Therefore, to support arbitrary input size, the block must also support variablesize operations, which you can enable by selecting the Allow arbitrary frame length for fixedsize input signals parameter.
Clear the Allow arbitrary frame length for fixedsize input signals parameter, the input frame length must be a multiple of the decimation factor.
Bands as separate output ports (Max. of 16 bands) — Output frequency bands on separate output ports
off (default)  on
Since R2024a
When you select this parameter, the block provides a separate output port
for each frequency band. The number of output ports equals
min
(Number of frequency bands,
16). The block labels each output port as
Bandx
, where
x can be a value in the range [1
min
(Number of frequency bands,
16)].
For more information on the signal size on each output port, see the Output(s) port description.
Simulate using — Type of simulation to run
Interpreted execution
(default)  Code generation
Specify the type of simulation to run. You can set this parameter to:
Interpreted execution
–– Simulate model using the MATLAB^{®} interpreter. This option shortens startup time.Code generation
–– Simulate model using generated C code. The first time you run a simulation, Simulink^{®} generates C code for the block. The C code is reused for subsequent simulations as long as the model does not change. This option requires additional startup time but provides faster subsequent simulations.
Block Characteristics
Data Types 

Multidimensional Signals 

VariableSize Signals 

More About
Analysis Filter Bank
The generic analysis filter bank consists of a series of parallel bandpass filters that split an input broadband signal, x[n], into a series of narrow subbands. Each bandpass filter retains a different portion of the input signal. After the bandwidth is reduced by one of the bandpass filters, the signal is downsampled to a lower sampling rate commensurate with the new bandwidth.
Prototype Lowpass Filter
To implement the analysis filter bank efficiently, the channelizer uses a prototype lowpass filter.
The prototype lowpass filter has an impulse response of h[n], a normalized twosided bandwidth of 2π/M, and a cutoff frequency of π/M. M is the number of frequency bands, that is, the branches of the analysis filter bank. This value corresponds to the FFT length that the filter bank uses. M can be high on the order of 2048 or more. The stopband attenuation determines the minimum level of interference (aliasing) from one frequency band to another. The passband ripple must be small so that the input signal is not distorted in the passband.
The prototype lowpass filter corresponds to H_{0}(z) in the filter bank. The first branch of the filter bank contains H_{0}(z) followed by the decimator. The other M – 1 branches contain filters that are modulated versions of the prototype filter. The modulation factor is given by the following equation:
$${e}^{j{w}_{k}n},\text{\hspace{1em}}{w}_{k}=2\pi k/M,\text{\hspace{1em}}k=0,1,\mathrm{...},M1$$
Using the Prototype Lowpass Filter
The transfer function of the modulated kth bandpass filter is given by:
$${H}_{k}(z)={H}_{0}(z{e}^{j{w}_{k}}),\text{\hspace{1em}}{w}_{k}=2\pi k/M,\text{\hspace{1em}}k=1,2,\mathrm{...},M1$$
This figure shows the frequency response of M filters.
To obtain the frequency response characteristics of the filter H_{k}(z), where k = 1, … , M−1, uniformly shift the frequency response of the prototype filter, H_{0}(z), by multiples of 2π/M. Each subband filter, H_{k}(z), {k = 1, … , M – 1}, is derived from the prototype filter.
Following is an equivalent representation of the frequency response diagram with ω ranging from [−π π].
Shift Narrow Subbands to Baseband
The frequency components in the input signal, x[n], are translated in frequency to baseband by multiplying x[n] with the complex exponentials, $${e}^{j{w}_{k}n},\text{\hspace{0.17em}}{w}_{k}=2\pi k/M,\text{\hspace{0.17em}}k=1,2,\mathrm{..},M1$$ , where $${w}_{k}=2\pi k/M$$, and $$k=1,2,\mathrm{...},M1$$. The resulting product signals are passed through the lowpass filters, H_{0}(z). The output of the lowpass filter is relatively narrow in bandwidth. Downsample the signal commensurate with the new bandwidth. Choose a decimation factor, D ≤ M, where M is the number of branches of the analysis filter bank. When D < M, the channelizer is known as oversampled or nonmaximally decimated channelizer.
The figure shows an analysis filter bank that uses the prototype lowpass filter.
y_{1}[m], y_{2}[m], … , y_{M−1}[m] are narrow subband signals translated into baseband.
Algorithms
Polyphase Implementation
The analysis filter bank can be implemented efficiently using the polyphase structure. For more details on the analysis filter bank, see Analysis Filter Bank.
To derive the polyphase structure, start with the transfer function of the prototype lowpass filter:
$${H}_{0}(z)={b}_{0}+{b}_{1}{z}^{1}+\mathrm{...}+{b}_{N}{z}^{N}$$
N + 1 is the length of the prototype filter.
You can rearrange this equation as follows:
$${H}_{0}(z)=\begin{array}{c}\left({b}_{0}+{b}_{M}{z}^{M}+{b}_{2M}{z}^{2M}+\mathrm{..}+{b}_{NM+1}{z}^{(NM+1)}\right)+\\ {z}^{1}\left({b}_{1}+{b}_{M+1}{z}^{M}+{b}_{2M+1}{z}^{2M}+\mathrm{..}+{b}_{NM+2}{z}^{(NM+1)}\right)+\\ \begin{array}{c}\vdots \\ {z}^{(M1)}\left({b}_{M1}+{b}_{2M1}{z}^{M}+{b}_{3M1}{z}^{2M}+\mathrm{..}+{b}_{N}{z}^{(NM+1)}\right)\end{array}\end{array}$$
M is the number of polyphase components.
You can write this equation as:
$${H}_{0}(z)={E}_{0}({z}^{M})+{z}^{1}{E}_{1}({z}^{M})+\mathrm{...}+{z}^{(M1)}{E}_{M1}({z}^{M})$$
E_{0}(z^{M}), E_{1}(z^{M}), … , E_{M−1}(z^{M}) are polyphase components of the prototype lowpass filter H_{0}(z).
The other filters in the filter bank, H_{k}(z), where k = 1, … , M−1, are modulated versions of this prototype filter.
You can write the transfer function of the k^{th} modulated bandpass filter as $${H}_{k}(z)={H}_{0}(z{e}^{j{w}_{k}})$$.
Replacing z with ze^{jwk},
$${H}_{k}(z)={h}_{0}+{h}_{1}{e}^{jwk}{z}^{1}+{h}_{2}{e}^{j2wk}{z}^{2}\mathrm{...}+{h}_{N}{e}^{jNwk}{z}^{N}$$
N + 1 is the length of the k^{th} filter.
In polyphase form, the equation is as follows:
$${H}_{k}(z)=\left[\begin{array}{ccccc}1& {e}^{j{w}_{k}}& {e}^{j2{w}_{k}}& \cdots & {e}^{j(M1){w}_{k}}\end{array}\right]\left[\begin{array}{c}{E}_{0}({z}^{M})\\ {z}^{1}{E}_{1}({z}^{M})\\ \vdots \\ {z}^{(M1)}{E}_{M1}({z}^{M})\end{array}\right]$$
For all M channels in the filter bank, the transfer function H(z) is given by:
$$H(z)=\left[\begin{array}{ccccc}1& 1& 1& \cdots & 1\\ 1& {e}^{j{w}_{1}}& {e}^{j2{w}_{1}}& \cdots & {e}^{j(M1){w}_{1}}\\ \vdots & \vdots & \vdots & \ddots & \vdots \\ 1& {e}^{j{w}_{M1}}& {e}^{j2{w}_{M1}}& \cdots & {e}^{j(M1){w}_{M1}}\end{array}\right]\left[\begin{array}{c}{E}_{0}({z}^{M})\\ {z}^{1}{E}_{1}({z}^{M})\\ \vdots \\ {z}^{(M1)}{E}_{M1}({z}^{M})\end{array}\right]$$
Maximally decimated channelizer
When D = M, the channelizer is known as the maximally decimated channelizer or critically sampled channelizer.
Here is the multirate noble identity for decimation, assuming that D = M.
For example, consider the first branch of the filter bank that contains the lowpass filter.
Replace H_{0}(z) with its polyphase representation.
After applying the noble identity for decimation, you can replace the delays and the decimation factor with a commutator switch. The switch starts on the first branch 0 and moves in the counterclockwise direction as shown in the following diagram. The accumulator at the output receives the processed input samples from each branch of the polyphase structure and accumulates these processed samples until the switch goes to branch 0. When the switch goes to branch 0, the accumulator outputs the accumulated value.
For all M channels in the filter bank, the transfer function H(z) is given by:
$$H(z)=\left[\begin{array}{ccccc}1& 1& 1& \cdots & 1\\ 1& {e}^{j{w}_{1}}& {e}^{j2{w}_{1}}& \cdots & {e}^{j(M1){w}_{1}}\\ \vdots & \vdots & \vdots & \ddots & \vdots \\ 1& {e}^{j{w}_{M1}}& {e}^{j2{w}_{M1}}& \cdots & {e}^{j(M1){w}_{M1}}\end{array}\right]\left[\begin{array}{c}{E}_{0}(z)\\ {E}_{1}(z)\\ \vdots \\ {E}_{M1}(z)\end{array}\right]$$
The matrix on the left is a discrete Fourier transform (DFT) matrix. With the DFT matrix, the efficient implementation of the lowpass prototypebased filter bank looks like this.
When the first input sample is delivered, the switch feeds this input to the branch 0 and the channelizer computes the first set of output values. As more input samples come in, the switch moves in the counterclockwise direction through branches M−1, M−2, all the way up to branch 0, delivering one sample at a time to each branch. When the switch comes to branch 0, the channelizer outputs the next set of output values. This process continues as the data keeps coming in. Every time the switch comes to the first branch 0, the channelizer outputs y_{0}[m], y_{1}[m], … , y_{M1}[m]. Each branch in the channelizer effectively outputs one sample for every M samples it receives. Hence, the sample rate at the output of the channelizer is f_{s}/M.
Nonmaximally decimated or oversampled channelizer
When D < M, the channelizer is known as the nonmaximally decimated channelizer or oversampled channelizer. In this configuration, the output sample rate is different from the channel spacing. The nonmaximally decimated channelizers offer increased design freedom, but at the expense of increasing computational cost.
If the ratio M/D equals an integer that is greater than 1 and is less than or equal to M−1, the channelizer is known as integeroversampled channelizer. If the ratio M/D is not an integer, then the channelizer is known as rationallyoversampled channelizer.
In this configuration, when the first input sample is delivered, the switch feeds this input to branch 0 and the channelizer computes the first set of output values. As more input samples come in, the switch moves in the counterclockwise direction through branches D−1, D−2, all the way up to branch 0, delivering one sample at a time to each branch. When the switch comes to branch 0, the channelizer outputs the next set of output values. This process continues as the data keeps coming in. Every time the switch comes to the first branch 0, the channelizer outputs y_{0}[m], y_{1}[m], … , y_{M1}[m].
As more data keeps coming in and the switch feeds these samples to the first D addresses, the formal contents of these addresses are shifted to the next set of D addresses, and this process of data shift continues every time there is a new set of D input samples.
For every D input samples that are fed to the polyphase structure, the channelizer outputs M samples, y_{0}[m], y_{1}[m], … , y_{M1}[m]. This process increases the output sample rate from f_{s}/M in the case of a maximally decimated channelizer, to f_{s}/D in the case of a nonmaximally decimated channelizer.
For more details, see [2].
After each Dpoint data sequence is delivered to the partitioned Mstage polyphase filter, the outputs of the M stages are computed and conditioned for delivery to the Mpoint FFT. The data shifting through the filter introduces frequencydependent phase shift. To correct for this phase shift and alias all bands to DC, a circular shift buffer is inserted after the polyphase filters and before the Mpoint FFT.
With the commutator switch followed by Mstage polyphase filter, circular shift buffer, and a DFT matrix, the efficient implementation of the lowpass prototypebased filter bank looks like this.
References
[1] Harris, Fredric J, Multirate Signal Processing for Communication Systems, Prentice Hall PTR, 2004.
[2] Harris, F.J., Chris Dick, and Michael Rice. "Digital Receivers and Transmitters Using Polyphase Filter Banks for Wireless Communications." IEEE^{®} Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques. 51, no. 4 (2003).
Extended Capabilities
C/C++ Code Generation
Generate C and C++ code using Simulink® Coder™.
Version History
Introduced in R2017aR2024a: Output each narrowband signal at separate output port
When you select the Bands as separate output ports (Max. of 16 bands) parameter, the block outputs each narrowband signal at a separate port. The block can output a maximum of 16 narrowband signals separately. When you clear this parameter, the block concatenates all the narrowband signals to form a single output array.
R2024a: Specify decimation factor to equal the number of frequency bands
You can now set the Decimation factor parameter to
Number of frequency bands
. When you change the value
of the Number of frequency bands parameter, the decimation
factor changes automatically.
Existing Simulink models using the Channelizer block continue to run in R2024a.
R2022b: Support for arbitrary input frame length
Channelizer block supports input signals with arbitrary frame lengths when the:
Input signal is a fixedsize signal (frame length does not change during simulation) and you select the Allow arbitrary frame length for fixedsize input signals parameter
Input signal is a variablesize signal (frame length changes during simulation)
The frame length is arbitrary when it is not a multiple of the decimation factor.
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