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Cascade Filters

Supported Cascade Filter Types

The coder supports code generation for a multirate cascade of filter objects (dsp.FilterCascade).

Generating Cascade Filter Code

Instantiate the filter stages and cascade them in the MATLAB® workspace.

hm1 = dsp.FIRDecimator('DecimationFactor',12); 
hm2 = dsp.FIRDecimator('DecimationFactor',4); 
my_cascade = dsp.FilterCascade(hm1,hm2);
For usage details, see dsp.FilterCascade in the DSP System Toolbox™ documentation.

The coder currently imposes certain limitations on the filter types allowed in a cascade filter. See Limitations for Code Generation with Cascade Filters before creating your filter stages and cascade filter object.

Generating Cascade Filter Code with the fdhdltool Function

Call fdhdltool to open the Generate HDL tool, passing in the cascade filter System object™ and the fixed-point input data type.

Set the desired code generation properties and click the Generate button to generate code.

Generating Cascade Filter Code with the generatehdl Function

Call generatehdl to generate HDL code for your filter, passing in the cascade filter System object, the fixed-point input data type, and code generation properties as desired.

generatehdl(my_cascade,'InputDataType',numerictype(1,16,15), ...
    'Name','MyFilter','TargetLanguage','Verilog', ...

Limitations for Code Generation with Cascade Filters

These rules and limitations apply to cascade filters when used for code generation.

  • You can generate code for cascades that combine these filter types:

    • Decimators and/or single-rate filter structures

    • Interpolators and/or single-rate filter structures

    Code generation for cascades that include both decimators and interpolators is not supported. If unsupported filter structures or combinations of filter structures are included in the cascade, code generation returns an error.

  • For code generation, only a flat (single-level) cascade structure is allowed. Nesting of cascade filters is disallowed.

  • By default, generated HDL code excludes the input and output registers from the stages of the cascade, except for:

    • The input of the first stage and the output of the final stage.

    • The input registers of interpolator stages.

    To generate output registers for each stage, select the Add pipeline registers option in the Generate HDL tool. When using this option, internal pipeline registers might also be added, depending on the filter structures.

  • When a cascade filter is passed to fdhdltool, the FIR adder style option is disabled. If you require tree adders for FIR filters in a cascade, select the Add pipeline registers option (since pipelines require tree style FIR adders).

  • The coder generates separate HDL code files for each stage of the cascade, in addition to the top-level code for the cascade filter itself. The filter stage code files are identified by appending the character vector '_stage1', '_stage2', ... '_stageN' to the filter name.

The figure shows the default settings of the Generate HDL tool options for a cascade filter design.

Filter Architecture tab of the Generate HDL tool