Whether you decide on a fixed point FIR or floating point IIR solution, the world is still analog. In many applications the conversion from analog to digital and back to analog is a requirement, often with limitations in bandwidth and design flexibility. One example is range limitation which is the maximum bandwidth imposed by the sampling when altering the digital filter frequency. A solution is to adjust the clock, which forces adjustments in the anti-alias and reconstruction filter, therefore requiring multiple fixed frequency or programmable filters (typically not cost effective). Another approach is to adjust the clock within the DSP by decimation or interpolation; hence the filter shape can be modified within the filter algorithm. This is called Multi-Rate filtering and several decimations can be implemented in series to reach very low frequencies. This Intellectual Property has been well refined by Frequency Devices engineers.
SHOULD YOU BUILD IT YOURSELF?
Electronic designers often try to ensure a products signal integrity by constructing their own signal processing circuitry. Unfortunately, the time and money associated with engineering design and assembly efforts can make the actual cost of such a solution very high. The design may require a complex arrangement of sensitive components that consume precious board real estate and compromise system reliability. In addition, some of these components can generate their own alias signals.
Design engineers generally understand their own applications very well. Typically, however, they are not signal-conditioning or signal-processing experts. Limited experience with integrated analog and DSP technology often make creating an effective and accurate filter solution difficult and time-consuming.
On the other hand, system manufacturers are generally very sensitive to the cost of purchased solutions. The experts at Frequency Devices have seen many instances where companies have regarded self-contained signal conditioning modules and subassemblies as too expensive. Therefore, engineers design or buy simple, inexpensive alternatives for their products, hoping that lower cost and typically lower performing products will be good enough. Such approaches may work, but in many cases the reduced signal integrity degrades system performance to the point of unacceptability.
Unfortunately, once in-house designs do not meet desired performance specifications, altering the design to incorporate the proper alternative solution or accepting the degraded signals, usually under extreme time pressures, generally costs far more than relying on better solutions in the first place would have. Reinventing the wheel rarely produces the most effective results.
LET US HELP
Based on many years of experience with special-purpose signal-conditioning devices and systems, Frequency Devices offers some of the most advanced signal-processing products in the industry. We will work with you to develop specifications that are appropriate to your unique needs, avoiding either under-specifying or over-specifying in the interest of controlling cost while maximizing performance.
Whether prototyping to prove a design, looking for laboratory test equipment or working with high-volume applications for electronic original equipment manufacturers and process control, you can rely on Frequency Devices data-acquisition, processing, and manipulation solutions for the test and measurement, aerospace, undersea, navigation, automatic test equipment, R & D, telecommunications, acoustic, and vibration markets.
Frequency Devices offers a combination of turnkey, standard and custom module and subassembly solutions utilizing both analog and digital signal processing; providing engineers with choices and solutions consistent with their system or project requirements.