FIR Halfband Decimator
Decimate signal using polyphase FIR halfband filter
Libraries:
DSP System Toolbox /
Filtering /
Multirate Filters
Description
The FIR Halfband Decimator block performs polyphase decimation of the input signal by a factor of 2. The block uses an FIR equiripple design or a Kaiser window design to construct the halfband filters. The implementation takes advantage of the zerovalued coefficients of the FIR halfband filter, making one of the polyphase branches a delay. You can use the block to implement the analysis portion of a twoband filter bank to separate a signal into lowpass and highpass subbands. For more information, see Algorithms.
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.
Examples
Design and Implement FIR Halfband Decimator in Simulink
Since R2023b
Design and implement an FIR halfband decimator using the FIR Halfband Decimator block. Pass a noisy input through the decimator. Plot the spectrum of the input and the decimated subband outputs in the spectrum analyzer.
This example also shows how to use the Allow arbitrary frame length for fixedsize input signals parameter.
Open and inspect the DesignAndImplementFIRHalfbandDecimator
model by clicking the Open Model button. The input signal in the model is a noisy sinusoidal signal with 513 samples per frame and contains two frequencies, one at 1 kHz and the other at 15 kHz. The Random Source block adds white Gaussian noise with a mean of 0 and a variance of 0.05 to this signal. The input signal is a fixedsize signal, that is, the frame length of the signal (513 samples per frame) does not vary during simulation.
To allow an arbitrary frame length for a fixedsize signal, that is, to allow a frame length that is not a multiple of the decimation factor 2, select the Allow arbitrary frame length for fixedsize input signals parameter in FIR Halfband Decimator block dialog box.
The FIR halfband decimator has a transition width of 4.1 kHz and a stopband attenuation of 80 dB. The decimator outputs the highpass subband signal.
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 decimator. Plot the spectrum of the input and the lowpass and highpass subband outputs in two separate spectrum analyzer windows.
The block allows arbitrary frame lengths for variablesize signals irrespective of the setting of the Allow arbitrary frame length for fixedsize input signals parameter. When the input is a variablesize signal, the frame length of the signal can vary during simulation.
Open the DesignAndImplementFIRHalfbandDecimator_Varsize
model. The input is a variablesize signal. The input frame length can vary between 257 and 514 samples per frame.
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
Input — Input signal
column vector  matrix
Specify the input signal as a column vector or a matrix of size PbyQ.
The block treats each column of the input signal as a separate channel. If the input is a twodimensional signal, the first dimension represents the channel length (or frame size) and the second dimension represents the number of channels. If the input is a onedimensional signal, then the block interprets it as a singlechannel signal.
This block supports variablesize input signals (frame length changes during simulation).
When you input a variablesize signal, 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 2. 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. (since R2023b)
This block supports variablesize input signals.
Data Types: single
 double
 int8
 int16
 int32
 int64
 uint8
 uint16
 uint32
 uint64
 fixed point
Complex Number Support: Yes
Output
LP — Lowpass subband of decimator output
column vector  matrix
Lowpass subband of the decimator output, returned as a column vector or a matrix. As the filter is a halfband filter, the downsampling factor is always 2.
The dimensions of the output signal depend on the dimensions of the input signal and on whether you select the Allow arbitrary frame length for fixedsize input signals parameter. (since R2023b)
This table provides more details on the dimensions of the lowpass subband output signal when you input a fixedsize input signal.
FixedSize Input Signal
Input Signal  Output Signal 

PbyQ, where P is a multiple of the decimation factor 2  Fixedsize signal of size (P/2)byQ 
PbyQ, where P is not a multiple of the decimation factor 2 (since R2023b)  Variablesize signal with an upper
bound of size
If you do not select Allow arbitrary frame length for fixedsize input signals, the block errors. (since R2023b) 
This table gives more details on the dimensions of the lowpass subband output signal when you input a variablesize input signal. When you input a variablesize signal (frame length changes during simulation), the Allow arbitrary frame length for fixedsize input signals parameter is visible in the block dialog box but does not have any impact on the input frame length. You can input a variablesize signal of any frame length even if you do not select the Allow arbitrary frame length for fixedsize input signals parameter. (since R2023b)
VariableSize Input Signal
Input Signal  Output Signal 

PbyQ  Variablesize signal with an upper
bound of size

When the output is of fixedpoint data type, it is signed only.
This port is unnamed until you select the Output highpass subband parameter.
Data Types: single
 double
 int8
 int16
 int32
 int64
 fixed point
Complex Number Support: Yes
HP — Highpass subband of decimator output
column vector  matrix
Highpass subband of the decimator output, returned as a column vector or a matrix. As the filter is a halfband filter, the downsampling factor is always 2.
The dimensions of the output signal depend on the dimensions of the input signal and on whether you select the Allow arbitrary frame length for fixedsize input signals parameter. (since R2023b)
This table provides more details on the dimensions of the highpass subband output signal when you input a fixedsize input signal.
FixedSize Input Signal
Input Signal  Output Signal 

PbyQ, where P is a multiple of the decimation factor 2  Fixedsize signal of size (P/2)byQ 
PbyQ, where P is not a multiple of the decimation factor 2 (since R2023b)  Variablesize signal with an upper
bound of size
If you do not select Allow arbitrary frame length for fixedsize input signals, the block errors. (since R2023b) 
This table gives more details on the dimensions of the highpass subband output signal when you input a variablesize input signal. When you input a variablesize signal (frame length changes during simulation), the Allow arbitrary frame length for fixedsize input signals parameter is visible in the block dialog box but does not have any impact on the input frame length. You can input a variablesize signal of any frame length even if you do not select the Allow arbitrary frame length for fixedsize input signals parameter. (since R2023b)
VariableSize Input Signal
Input Signal  Output Signal 

PbyQ  Variablesize signal with an upper
bound of size

When the output is of fixedpoint data type, it is signed only.
Dependency
To enable this port, select the Output highpass subband parameter.
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 minimumorder 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.
Filter order — Filter order
52
(default)  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
.
Transition width (Hz) — Transition width
4.1e3
(default)  positive scalar
Specify the transition width as a 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 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
.
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
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 0.5.
If (length
(Numerator
) − 1)/2
is odd, the sequence of alternating zeros with 0.5 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
.
Output highpass subband — Output highpass subband
off
(default)  on
When you select this check box, the block acts as an analysis filter bank and analyzes the input signal into highpass and lowpass subbands. When you clear this check box, the block acts as an FIR halfband decimator.
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 positive 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)
Allow arbitrary frame length for fixedsize input signals — Allow arbitrary frame length for fixedsize input signals
off
(default)  on
Since R2023b
Specify whether a fixedsize input signal (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 2. The block uses this parameter only for fixedsize input signals and ignores it if the input data varies in size during simulation.
When the input signal is a variablesize signal, the signal can have an arbitrary frame length, that is, the frame length does not have to be a multiple of the decimation factor 2.
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 2. 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 2.
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 Decimator. 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.
Dependencies
To visualize the filter response, set Sample rate
mode to Specify on dialog
or Use normalized frequency (0 to
1)
.
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
 Nearest
 Round
 Simplest
 Zero
Select the rounding
mode for output fixedpoint operations. 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 length0
. 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 decimator 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 decimator 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.
For more information on designing FIR halfband filters, see FIR Halfband Filter Design.
Polyphase Implementation with Halfband Filters
The FIR halfband decimator uses an efficient polyphase implementation for halfband filters when you filter the input signal. The chief advantage of the polyphase implementation is that you can downsample the signal prior to 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 filtering the input signal and then downsampling it by 2 using this figure.
Using the multirate noble identity for downsampling, you can move the downsampling operation before the filtering. This allows 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 illustrated in the following figure. The top plot shows a halfband filter of order 52. The bottom plot shows the even polyphase component. Both of these filters are noncausal. Delaying the even polyphase component by 13 samples creates a causal FIR filter.
To efficiently implement the halfband decimator, the algorithm replaces the delay block and downsampling operator with a commutator switch. When the first input sample is delivered, the commutator switch feeds this input to the even branch and the halfband decimator computes the first output value. As more input samples come in, the switch delivers one sample at a time to each branch alternatively. The decimator generates output every time the even branch generates an output. This halves 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. 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.FIRHalfbandDecimator(Specification=filterspec,... FilterOrder=64,StopbandAttenuation=80,DesignMethod="Auto"); halfOrderOdd = dsp.FIRHalfbandDecimator(Specification=filterspec,... FilterOrder=54,StopbandAttenuation=80,DesignMethod="Auto"); polyphase(halfOrderEven) polyphase(halfOrderOdd)
Analysis Filter Bank
The FIR halfband decimator acts as an analysis filter bank and generates two powercomplementary output signals by adding and subtracting the two polyphase branch outputs respectively.
For more information on filter banks, see Overview of Filter Banks.
To summarize, the FIR halfband decimator:
Decimates the input prior to filtering and filters the even and odd polyphase components of the input separately 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 an analysis filter bank.
Extended Capabilities
C/C++ Code Generation
Generate C and C++ code using Simulink® Coder™.
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).
R2023b: Support for arbitrary input frame length
This block supports an input signal with an arbitrary frame length 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).
When this block supports an input signal with an arbitrary frame length, the input frame length does not have to be a multiple of the decimation factor 2 and the output signal is a variablesize signal.
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