As we implied earlier, for any binary number format, the number of bits in a data word is a key consideration. The more bits used in the word, the better the resolution of the number, and the larger the maximum value that can be represented.[] Assuming that a binary word represents the amplitude of a signal, digital signal processing practitioners find it useful to quantify the dynamic range of various binary number schemes. For a signed integer binary word length of b+1 bits (one sign bit and b magnitude bits), the dynamic range in decibels is defined by

[] Some computers use 64-bit words. Now, 264 is approximately equal to 1.8 · 1019—that's a pretty large number. So large, in fact, that if we started incrementing a 64-bit counter once per second at the beginning of the universe (20 billion years ago), the most significant four bits of this counter would still be all zeros today.

When 2b is much larger than 1, we can ignore the –1 in Eq. (12-6) and state that

Equation 12-6'

Equation (12-6'), dimensioned in dB, tells us that the dynamic range of our number system is directly proportional to the word length. Thus, an eight-bit two's complement word, with seven bits available to represent signal magnitude, has a dynamic range of 6.02 · 7 = 42.14 dB. Most people simplify Eq. (12-6') by using the rule of thumb that the dynamic range is equal to "six dB per bit."


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Chapter One. Discrete Sequences and Systems

Chapter Two. Periodic Sampling

Chapter Three. The Discrete Fourier Transform

Chapter Four. The Fast Fourier Transform

Chapter Five. Finite Impulse Response Filters

Chapter Six. Infinite Impulse Response Filters

Chapter Seven. Specialized Lowpass FIR Filters

Chapter Eight. Quadrature Signals

Chapter Nine. The Discrete Hilbert Transform

Chapter Ten. Sample Rate Conversion

Chapter Eleven. Signal Averaging

Chapter Twelve. Digital Data Formats and Their Effects

Chapter Thirteen. Digital Signal Processing Tricks

Appendix A. The Arithmetic of Complex Numbers

Appendix B. Closed Form of a Geometric Series

Appendix C. Time Reversal and the DFT

Appendix D. Mean, Variance, and Standard Deviation

Appendix E. Decibels (dB and dBm)

Appendix F. Digital Filter Terminology

Appendix G. Frequency Sampling Filter Derivations

Appendix H. Frequency Sampling Filter Design Tables

Understanding Digital Signal Processing
Understanding Digital Signal Processing (2nd Edition)
ISBN: 0131089897
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2004
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