FIR Halfband Interpolator
Interpolate signal using polyphase FIR half band filter
Libraries:
DSP System Toolbox /
Filtering /
Multirate Filters
Description
The FIR Halfband Interpolator block performs interpolation of the input signal by a factor of two. The block uses an FIR equiripple design or a Kaiser window design to construct the halfband filters. The block uses an efficient polyphase implementation to filter the input. The implementation takes advantage of the zerovalued coefficients of the FIR halfband filter, making one of the polyphase branches a delay. For more information, see Algorithms. You can also use this block to implement the synthesis portion of a twoband filter bank to synthesize a signal from lowpass and highpass subbands.
The input signal can be a real or complexvalued column vector or a matrix. If the input signal is a matrix, the block treats each column of the matrix as an independent channel. The block supports fixedpoint operations and ARM^{®} Cortex^{®} code generation. For more information on ARM Cortex code generation, see Code Generation for ARM CortexM and ARM CortexA Processors.
The block also supports SIMD code generation. For details, see Code Generation.
Examples
Design and Implement FIR Halfband Interpolator in Simulink
Design and implement an FIR halfband interpolator using the FIR Halfband Interpolator block. Pass a noisy input through the interpolator. Plot the spectrum of the input and the interpolated output in the spectrum analyzer.
Open and inspect the model. The input is a noisy sinusoidal signal with two frequencies, one at 1 kHz and the other at 15 kHz. Add white Gaussian noise with a mean of 0 and a variance of 0.05 to this signal.
The FIR halfband interpolator has a transition width of 4.1 kHz and a stopband attenuation of 80 dB. Visualize the magnitude response of the filter by clicking the View Filter Response button in the block dialog box.
Pass the noisy sinusoidal signal through the interpolator. Plot the spectrum of the input and the interpolated output in the spectrum analyzer.
Extract Low Frequency Subband From Speech in Simulink
Since R2023b
Use the FIR Halfband Decimator and FIR Halfband Interpolator blocks to extract and reconstruct the lowfrequency subband from a speech signal.
Open and inspect the model. The input audio data is a singlechannel speech signal with the sample rate of 22050 Hz.
Specify the Sample rate mode parameter of the FIR Halfband Decimator and FIR Halfband Interpolator blocks to Use normalized frequency (0 to 1)
. This option enables you to specify the transition width of the decimation and interpolation filters in normalized frequency units. Set the transition width to 0.093 in normalized frequency units and the stopband attenuation to 80 dB. The design method is set to Auto
by default. In the Auto
mode, the block selects the equiripple or Kaiser window design method based on the design parameters of the filter.
Read the speech signal from the audio file in frames of 1024 samples. The FIR Halfband Decimator block extracts and outputs the lowpass subband of the speech signal. The FIR Halfband Interpolator block reconstructs the lowpass approximation of the speech signal by interpolating the lowpass subband.
The Audio Device Writer block plays the filtered output.
Design and Implement TwoChannel FIR Filter Bank in Simulink
Use the FIR Halfband Decimator and FIR Halfband Interpolator blocks to implement a twochannel filter bank. This example uses an audio file input and shows that the power spectrum of the filter bank output does not differ significantly from the input. Play the output of the filter bank using the Audio Device Writer block.
Open and inspect the model. The input audio data is a singlechannel speech signal with a sample rate of 22050 Hz.
The FIR Halfband Decimator block acts as an FIR halfband analysis bank as the Output highpass subband parameter is selected in the block dialog box. The FIR Halfband Interpolator block acts as an FIR halfband synthesis bank as the Input highpass subband parameter is selected in the block dialog box.
Set the Sample rate mode parameter in the FIR Halfband Decimator and FIR Halfband Interpolator blocks to Inherit from input port
so that the blocks inherit the sample rate from the respective input ports. Set the transition width to 4.1 kHz and the stopband attenuation to 80 dB. The design method is set to Auto
by default. In the Auto
mode, the block selects the equiripple or Kaiser window design methods based on the design parameters of the filter.
Read the speech signal from the audio file in frames of 1024 samples. The FIR halfband analysis bank extracts the lowpass and highpass subbands of the speech signal. The FIR halfband synthesis filter bank synthesizes the speech signal from the lowpass and highpass subbands.
Display the power spectrum of the audio input and the output of the synthesis filter bank in the spectrum analyzer. Play the synthesized speech signal using the Audio Device Writer block.
Ports
Input
LP — Data input
column vector  matrix
Specify the data input as a vector or a matrix. If the input signal is a matrix, the block treats each column of the matrix as an independent channel.
When you select the Input highpass subband parameter, this block acts as a halfband synthesis filter bank. The input at this port is then the lowpass subband output of a halfband analysis filter bank.
This port is unnamed until you select the Input highpass subband parameter.
Data Types: single
 double
 int8
 int16
 int32
 int64
 uint8
 uint16
 uint32
 uint64
 fixed point
Complex Number Support: Yes
HP — Second input to the synthesis filter bank
column vector  matrix
Specify the second input to the synthesis filter bank as a column vector or a matrix. This signal is the highpass subband output of a halfband analysis filter bank. If the input signal is a matrix, the block treats each column of the matrix as an independent channel.
The size, data type, and complexity of both the inputs must be the same.
Dependency
To enable this port, select the Input highpass subband parameter.
Data Types: single
 double
 int8
 int16
 int32
 int64
 fixed point
Complex Number Support: Yes
Output
Output — Output of FIR halfband interpolator
column vector  matrix
Output of the FIR halfband interpolator, returned as a column vector or a matrix. The number of rows in the interpolator output is twice the number of rows in the input signal.
When the output is fixedpoint, it is signed only.
Data Types: single
 double
 int8
 int16
 int32
 int64
 fixed point
Complex Number Support: Yes
Parameters
Main Tab
Filter specification — Filter design parameters
Transition width and stopband
attenuation
(default)  Filter order and transition width
 Filter order and stopband
attenuation
 Coefficients
Select the parameters that the block uses to design the FIR halfband filter.
Transition width and stopband attenuation
(default) — Design the filter using Transition width (Hz) and Stopband attenuation (dB). This design is the minimum order design.Filter order and transition width
— Design the filter using Filter order and Transition width (Hz).Filter order and stopband attenuation
— Design the filter using Filter order and Stopband attenuation (dB).Coefficients
— Specify the filter coefficients directly through the Numerator parameter.
Transition width (Hz) — Transition width in Hz
4.1e3
 positive real scalar
Specify the transition width as a real positive scalar in Hz or in normalized frequency units (since R2023b).
If you set the Sample rate mode parameter to:
Specify on dialog
orInherit from input port
–– The value of the transition width is in Hz and must be less than half the value of the output sample rate (2 × input sample rate).Use normalized frequency (0 to 1)
–– The value of the transition width is in normalized frequency units. The value must be a positive scalar less than1.0
.
(since R2023b)
Dependencies
To enable this parameter, set Filter
specification to Filter order and
transition width
or Transition width
and stopband attenuation
.
Filter order — Filter order
52
 even positive integer
Specify the filter order as an even positive integer.
Dependencies
To enable this parameter, set Filter
specification to Filter order and
transition width
or Filter order and
stopband attenuation
.
Stopband attenuation (dB) — Stopband attenuation
80
(default)  positive real scalar
Specify the stopband attenuation as a real positive scalar in dB.
Dependencies
To enable this parameter, set Filter
specification to Filter order and
stopband attenuation
or Transition
width and stopband attenuation
.
Numerator — FIR halfband filter coefficients
2*firhalfband("minorder",0.407,1e4)
(default)  row vector
Specify the FIR halfband filter coefficients directly as a row vector.
The coefficients must comply with the FIR halfband impulse response
format. If (length
(Numerator
)
− 1)/2 is even, where
(length
(Numerator
) − 1) is
the filter order, every other coefficient starting with the first
coefficient must be 0 except the center coefficient which must be 1.0.
If (length
(Numerator
) − 1)/2
is odd, the sequence of alternating zeros with 1.0 at the center starts
at the second coefficient.
Dependencies
To enable this parameter, set Filter
specification to
Coefficients
.
Design method — Filter design method
Auto
(default)  Equiripple
 Kaiser
Specify the filter design method as one of the following:
Auto
–– The algorithm automatically chooses the filter design method depending on the filter design parameters. The algorithm uses the equiripple or the Kaiser window method to design the filter.If the design constraints are very tight, such as very high stopband attenuation or very narrow transition width, then the algorithm automatically chooses the Kaiser method, as this method is optimal for designing filters with very tight specifications. However, if the design constraints are not tight, then the algorithm chooses the equiripple method.
When you set the Design method parameter to
Auto
, you can determine the method used by the algorithm by examining the passband and stopband ripple characteristics of the designed filter. If the block used the equiripple method, the passband and stopband ripples of the designed filter have a constant amplitude in the frequency response. If the filter design method the block chooses in theAuto
mode is not suitable for your application, manually specify the Design method asEquiripple
orKaiser
.Equiripple
–– The algorithm uses the equiripple method.Kaiser
–– The algorithm uses the Kaiser window method.
Dependencies
To enable this parameter, set Filter
specification to Filter order and
stopband attenuation
, Filter order
and transition width
, or Transition
width and stopband attenuation
.
Input highpass subband — Input highpass subband
off (default)  on
When you select this check box, the block acts as a synthesis filter bank. The block accepts two inputs to synthesize: lowpass and highpass subbands. When you clear this check box, the block acts as an IIR half band interpolator and accepts a single vector or matrix as input. By default, this check box is cleared.
Sample rate mode — Mode to specify the input sample rate
Specify on dialog
(default)  Inherit from input port
 Use normalized frequency (0 to 1)
Since R2023b
Specify the input sample rate using one of these options:
Specify on dialog
–– Specify the input sample rate in the block dialog box using the Input sample rate (Hz) parameter.Inherit from input port
–– The block inherits the sample rate from the input signal.Use normalized frequency (0 to 1)
–– Specify the transition width in normalized frequency units (0 to 1).
Dependencies
To enable this parameter, set Filter
specification to any value other than
Coefficients
.
Input sample rate (Hz) — Sample rate of input signal
44100
(default)  positive real scalar
Specify the sample rate of the input signal as a scalar in Hz.
Dependencies
To enable this parameter, set:
Filter specification to any value other than
Coefficients
.Sample rate mode to
Specify on dialog
.
(since R2023b)
View Filter Response — View Filter Response
button
Click this button to open the Filter Visualization Tool (FVTool) and display the magnitude and phase response of the FIR Halfband Interpolator. The response is based on the values you specify in the block parameters dialog box. Changes made to these parameters update FVTool.
To update the magnitude response while FVTool is running, modify the dialog box parameters and click Apply.
To view the magnitude response and phase response simultaneously, click the Magnitude and Phase responses button on the toolbar.
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.
Data Types Tab
Rounding mode — Rounding mode for output fixedpoint operations
Floor
(default)  Ceiling
 Convergent
 Nearest
 Round
 Simplest
 Zero
Specify the rounding method for the output fixedpoint operations. The
rounding methods are Ceiling
,
Convergent
,
Floor
,
Nearest
, Round
,
Simplest
, and
Zero
. The default is
Floor
.
Coefficients — Word and fraction lengths of coefficients
fixdt(1,16)
(default)  fixdt(1,16,0)
Specify the fixedpoint data type of the coefficients as one of the following:
fixdt(1,16)
(default) — Signed fixedpoint data type of word length16
with binary point scaling. The block determines the fraction length automatically from the coefficient values in such a way that the coefficients occupy maximum representable range without overflowing.fixdt(1,16,0)
— Signed fixedpoint data type of word length16
and fraction length,0
. You can change the fraction length to any other integer value.<data type expression>
— Specify the coefficients data type by using an expression that evaluates to a data type object. For example,numerictype
(fixdt
([ ]
,18
,15
)). Specify the sign mode of this data type as[ ]
or true.Refresh Data Type
— Refresh to the default data type.
Click the Show data type assistant button to display the data type assistant, which helps you set the coefficients data type.
Block Characteristics
Data Types 

Direct Feedthrough 

Multidimensional Signals 

VariableSize Signals 

ZeroCrossing Detection 

More About
Halfband Filters
An ideal lowpass halfband filter is given by
$$h(n)=\frac{1}{2\pi}{\displaystyle {\int}_{\pi /2}^{\pi /2}{e}^{j\omega n}}d\omega =\frac{\mathrm{sin}({\scriptscriptstyle \frac{\pi}{2}}n)}{\pi n}.$$
An ideal filter is not realizable because the impulse response is noncausal and not absolutely summable. However, the impulse response of an ideal lowpass filter possesses some important properties that are required in a realizable approximation. The impulse response of an ideal lowpass halfband filter is:
Equal to 0 for all evenindexed samples
Equal to 1/2 at n=0 as shown by L'Hôpital's rule on the continuousvalued equivalent of the discretetime impulse response
The ideal highpass halfband filter is given by
$$g(n)=\frac{1}{2\pi}{\displaystyle {\int}_{\pi}^{\pi /2}{e}^{j\omega n}}d\omega +\frac{1}{2\pi}{\displaystyle {\int}_{\pi /2}^{\pi}{e}^{j\omega n}}d\omega .$$
Evaluating the preceding integral gives the following impulse response
$$g(n)=\frac{\mathrm{sin}(\pi n)}{\pi n}\frac{\mathrm{sin}({\scriptscriptstyle \frac{\pi}{2}}n)}{\pi n}.$$
The impulse response of an ideal highpass halfband filter is:
Equal to 0 for all evenindexed samples
Equal to 1/2 at n=0
The FIR halfband interpolator uses a causal FIR approximation to the ideal halfband response, which is based on minimizing the $${\ell}^{\infty}$$ norm of the error (minimax). See Algorithms for more information.
Kaiser Window
The coefficients of a Kaiser window are computed from this equation:
$$w(n)=\frac{{I}_{0}\left(\beta \sqrt{1{\left(\frac{nN/2}{N/2}\right)}^{2}}\right)}{{I}_{0}(\beta )},\text{\hspace{1em}}\text{\hspace{1em}}0\le n\le N,$$
where I_{0} is the zerothorder modified Bessel function of the first kind.
To obtain a Kaiser window that represents an FIR filter with stopband attenuation of α dB, use this β.
$$\beta =\{\begin{array}{ll}0.1102(\alpha 8.7),\hfill & \alpha >50\hfill \\ 0.5842{(\alpha 21)}^{0.4}+0.07886(\alpha 21),\hfill & 50\ge \alpha \ge 21\hfill \\ 0,\hfill & \alpha <21\hfill \end{array}$$
The filter order n is given by:
$$n=\frac{\alpha 7.95}{2.285(\Delta \omega )},$$
where Δω is the transition width.
Algorithms
Filter Design Method
The FIR halfband interpolator algorithm uses the equiripple or the Kaiser window method to
design the FIR halfband filter. When the design constraints are tight, such as very high
stopband attenuation or very narrow transition width, use the Kaiser window method. When
the design constraints are not tight, use the equiripple method. If you are not sure of
which method to use, set the design method to Auto
. In this mode, the
algorithm automatically chooses a design method that optimally meets the specified
filter constraints.
Halfband Equiripple Design
In the equiripple method, the algorithm uses a minimax (minimize the maximum error) FIR design to design a fullband linear phase filter with the desired specifications. The algorithm upsamples a fullband filter to replace the evenindexed samples of the filter with zeros and creates a halfband filter. It then sets the filter tap corresponding to the group delay of the filter in samples to 1/2. This yields a causal linearphase FIR filter approximation to the ideal halfband filter defined in Halfband Filters. See [1] for a description of this filter design method using the Remez exchange algorithm. Since you can design a filter using this approximation method with a constant ripple both in the passband and stopband, the filter is also known as the equiripple filter.
Kaiser Window Design
In the Kaiser window method, the algorithm first truncates the ideal halfband filter defined in Halfband Filters, then it applies a Kaiser window defined in Kaiser Window. This yields a causal linearphase FIR filter approximation to the ideal halfband filter.
The coefficients of the designed halfband interpolation filter are scaled by the interpolation factor, two, to preserve the output power of the signal.
For more information on designing FIR halfband filters, see FIR Halfband Filter Design.
Polyphase Implementation with Halfband Filters
The FIR halfband interpolator uses an efficient polyphase implementation for halfband filters when you filter the input signal. You can use a polyphase implementation to move the upsampling operation after filtering. This allows you to filter at the lower sampling rate.
Splitting a filter’s impulse response h(n) into two polyphase components results in an even polyphase component with ztransform of
$${H}_{0}(z)={\displaystyle \sum _{n}h}(2n){z}^{n},$$
and an odd polyphase component with ztransform of
$${H}_{1}(z)={\displaystyle \sum _{n}h}(2n+1){z}^{n}.$$
The ztransform of the filter can be written in terms of the even and odd polyphase components as
$$H(z)={H}_{0}({z}^{2})+{z}^{1}{H}_{1}({z}^{2}).$$
You can represent the upsampling by 2 and then filtering the signal using this figure.
Using the multirate noble identity for upsampling, you can move the upsampling operation after the filtering. This enables you to filter at the lower rate.
For a halfband filter, the only nonzero coefficient in the even polyphase component is the coefficient corresponding to z^{0}. Implementing the halfband filter as a causal FIR filter shifts the nonzero coefficient to approximately z^{N/4}, where N is the number of filter taps. This process is shown in the following figure. The top plot shows a halfband filter of order 52. The bottom plot shows the even polyphase component. Both filters are noncausal. Delaying the even polyphase component by 13 samples creates a causal FIR filter.
To efficiently implement the halfband interpolator, the algorithm replaces the upsampling operator, delay block, and adder with a commutator switch. The commutator switch starts on the even branch and takes input samples from the two branches alternately, one sample at a time. This doubles the sampling rate of the input signal. Which polyphase component reduces to a simple delay depends on whether the half order of the filter is even or odd.
Here is the implementation when the filter half order is even. In this diagram, H_{0}(z) becomes the gain followed by the delay.
When the filter half order is odd, H_{1}(z) becomes the gain followed by the delay and the switch. This is because the delay required to make the even polyphase component causal can be odd or even depending on the filter half order.
To confirm this behavior, run the following code in the MATLAB command prompt and inspect the polyphase components of the following filters.
filterspec = "Filter order and stopband attenuation"; halfOrderEven = dsp.FIRHalfbandInterpolator(Specification=filterspec,... FilterOrder=64,StopbandAttenuation=80); halfOrderOdd = dsp.FIRHalfbandInterpolator(Specification=filterspec,... FilterOrder=54,StopbandAttenuation=80); polyphase(halfOrderEven) polyphase(halfOrderOdd)
One of the polyphase components has a single nonzero coefficient indicating that it is a simple delay. To preserve the output power of the signal, the coefficients are scaled by the interpolation factor, two. To see this scaling, compare the polyphase components of a halfband interpolator with the coefficients of a halfband decimator.
hfirinterp = dsp.FIRHalfbandInterpolator; hfirdecim = dsp.FIRHalfbandDecimator; polyphase(hfirdecim) polyphase(hfirinterp)
Synthesis Filter Bank
The FIR halfband interpolator implements the synthesis portion of a twoband filter bank to synthesize a signal from lowpass and highpass subbands.
For more information on filter banks, see Overview of Filter Banks.
To summarize, the FIR halfband interpolator:
Filters the input before upsampling with the even and odd polyphase components of the filter.
Exploits the fact that one filter polyphase component is a simple delay for a halfband filter.
Acts as a synthesis filter bank.
Extended Capabilities
C/C++ Code Generation
Generate C and C++ code using Simulink® Coder™.
The FIR Halfband Interpolator block supports SIMD code generation using
Intel AVX2 code replacement library when the data type of the input signal is
single
or double
.
The SIMD technology significantly improves the performance of the generated code. For more information, see SIMD Code Generation. To generate SIMD code from this block, see Use Intel AVX2 Code Replacement Library to Generate SIMD Code from Simulink Blocks.
Version History
Introduced in R2015bR2024a: Change in the default value of Simulate using parameter
The default value of the Simulate using parameter is now
Interpreted execution
. With this change, the block uses the
MATLAB interpreter for simulation by default.
R2023b: Support for normalized frequencies
When you set the Sample rate mode parameter to
Use normalized frequency (0 to 1)
, you can specify
the transition width in normalized frequency units (0 to 1).
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