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End-to-End DVB-S2 Simulation with RF Impairments and Corrections

This example shows how to measure the bit error rate (BER) and packet error rate (PER) of a single stream Digital Video Broadcasting Satellite Second Generation (DVB-S2) link that has constant coding and modulation. The example describes the symbol timing and carrier synchronization strategies in detail, emphasizing how to estimate the RF front-end impairments under heavy noise conditions. The single stream signal adds RF front-end impairments and then passes the waveform through an additive white Gaussian noise (AWGN) channel.


DVB-S2 receivers are subjected to large carrier frequency errors in the order of 20% of the input symbol rate and substantial phase noise. The use of powerful forward error correction (FEC) mechanisms, such as Bose–Chaudhuri–Hocquenghem (BCH) and low density parity check (LDPC) codes, caused the DVB-S2 system to work at very low energy per symbol to noise power spectral density ratio (Es/No) values, close to the Shannon limit.

ETSI EN 302 307-1 Section 6 Table 13 [1] summarizes the Quasi-Error-Free (QEF) performance requirement over an AWGN channel for different modulation schemes and code rates. The operating Es/No range for different transmission modes can be considered as +2 or -2 dB from the Es/No point where QEF performance is observed. Because the operating Es/No range is low, carrier and symbol timing synchronization strategies are challenging design problems.

This diagram summarizes the example workflow.

Main Processing Loop

The example processes 25 physical layer (PL) frames of data with the Es/No set to 20 dB, and then computes the BER and PER. Carrier frequency offset, sampling clock offset, and phase noise impairments are applied to the modulated signal, and AWGN is added to the signal.

At the receiver, after matched filtering, timing and carrier recovery operations are run to recover the transmitted data. To extract PL frames, the distorted waveform is processed through various timing and carrier recovery strategies. The carrier recovery algorithms are pilot-aided. To decode the data frames, the physical layer transmission parameters such as modulation scheme, code rate, and FEC frame type, are recovered from the PL header. To regenerate the input bit stream, the baseband (BB) header is decoded.

Because the DVB-S2 standard supports packetized and continuous modes of transmission, the BB frame can be either a concatenation of user packets or a stream of bits. The BB header is recovered to determine the mode of transmission. If the BB frame is a concatenation of user packets, the packet cyclic redundancy check (CRC) status of each packet is returned along with the decoded bits, and then the PER and BER are measured.

These block diagrams show the synchronization and input bit recovery workflows.

Download DVB-S2 LDPC Parity Matrices Data Set

This example loads a MAT-file with DVB-S2 LDPC parity matrices. If the MAT-file is not available on the MATLAB® path, use these commands to download and unzip the MAT-file.

if ~exist('dvbs2xLDPCParityMatrices.mat','file')
    if ~exist('','file')
        url = '';

DVB-S2 Configuration in Pilot-Aided Mode

Specify the cfgDVBS2 structure to define DVB-S2 transmission configuration parameters. The ScalingMethod property applies when MODCOD is in the range [18, 28] (that is, when the modulation scheme is APSK only). UPL property is applicable when you set the StreamFormat to "GS".

cfgDVBS2.StreamFormat = "TS";
cfgDVBS2.FECFrame = "normal";
cfgDVBS2.MODCOD = 18;                             % 16APSK 2/3
cfgDVBS2.DFL = 42960;
cfgDVBS2.ScalingMethod = "Unit average power";
cfgDVBS2.RolloffFactor = 0.35;
cfgDVBS2.HasPilots = true;
cfgDVBS2.SamplesPerSymbol = 2
cfgDVBS2 = struct with fields:
        StreamFormat: "TS"
            FECFrame: "normal"
              MODCOD: 18
                 DFL: 42960
       ScalingMethod: "Unit average power"
       RolloffFactor: 0.3500
           HasPilots: 1
    SamplesPerSymbol: 2

Simulation Parameters

The DVB-S2 standard supports flexible channel bandwidths. Use a typical channel bandwidth such as 36 MHz. The channel bandwidth can be varied. The coarse frequency synchronization algorithm implemented in this example can track carrier frequency offsets up to 20% of the input symbol rate. The symbol rate is calculated as B/(1+R), where B is the channel bandwidth, and R is the transmit filter roll-off factor. The algorithms implemented in this example can correct the sampling clock offset up to 10 ppm.

simParams.sps = cfgDVBS2.SamplesPerSymbol;             % Samples per symbol
simParams.numFrames = 25;                              % Number of frames to be processed
simParams.chanBW = 36e6;                               % Channel bandwidth in Hertz
simParams.cfo = 3e6;                                   % Carrier frequency offset in Hertz
simParams.sco = 5;                                     % Sampling clock offset in parts
                                                       % per million
simParams.phNoiseLevel = "Low";         % Phase noise level provided as
                                                       % "Low", "Medium", or "High"
simParams.EsNodB = 20;                                 % Energy per symbol to noise ratio
                                                       % in decibels

This table defines the phase noise mask (dBc/Hz) used to generate the phase noise applied to the transmitted signal.


Generate DVB-S2 Waveform Distorted with RF Impairments

To create a DVB-S2 waveform, use the HelperDVBS2RxInputGenerate helper function with the simParams and cfgDVBS2 structures as inputs. The function returns the data signal, transmitted and received waveforms, and a receiver processing structure. The received waveform is impaired with carrier frequency, timing phase offsets, and phase noise and then passed through an AWGN channel. The receiver processing parameters structure, rxParams, includes the reference pilot fields, pilot indices, counters, and buffers. Plot the constellation of the received symbols and the spectrum of the transmitted and received waveforms.

[data,txOut,rxIn,rxParams] = HelperDVBS2RxInputGenerate(cfgDVBS2,simParams);

% Received signal constellation plot
rxConst = comm.ConstellationDiagram(Title = "Received data", ...
    XLimits = [-1 1], YLimits = [-1 1], ...
    ShowReferenceConstellation = false, ...
    SamplesPerSymbol = simParams.sps);

% Transmitted and received signal spectrum visualization
Rsymb = simParams.chanBW/(1 + cfgDVBS2.RolloffFactor);
Fsamp = Rsymb*simParams.sps;
specAn = spectrumAnalyzer(SampleRate = Fsamp, ...
    ChannelNames = ["Transmitted waveform" "Received waveform"], ...
    ShowLegend = true);
specAn([txOut, rxIn(1:length(txOut))]);

Configure Receiver Parameters

At the receiver, symbol timing synchronization is performed on the received data and is then followed by frame synchronization. The receiver algorithms include coarse and fine frequency impairment correction algorithms. The carrier frequency estimation algorithm can track carrier frequency offsets up to 20% of the input symbol rate. The coarse frequency estimation, implemented as a frequency locked loop (FLL), reduces the frequency offset to a level that the fine frequency estimator can track. The preferred loop bandwidth for symbol timing and coarse frequency compensation depends on the Es/No setting.

When you decrease Es/No, you can reduce the loop bandwidth to filter out more noise during acquisition. The number of frames required for the symbol synchronizer and coarse FLL to converge depends on the loop bandwidth setting. For weaker signals, set rxParams.symbSyncLoopBW = 1e-4 and set rxParams.symbSyncLock = ceil(1e5/rxParams.plFrameSize).

The frame synchronization uses the PL header. Because the carrier synchronization is data-aided, the frame synchronization must detect the start of frame accurately. Es/No plays a crucial role in determining the accuracy of the frame synchronization. When QPSK modulated frames are being recovered at Es/Novalues below 3 dB, the frame synchronization must be performed on multiple frames for accurate detection.

The fine frequency estimation can track carrier frequency offsets up to 4% of the input symbol rate. The fine frequency estimation must process multiple pilot blocks for the residual carrier frequency offset to be reduced to levels acceptable for the phase estimation algorithm. The phase estimation algorithm can handle residual carrier frequency errors less than 0.02% of the input symbol rate. Fine phase compensation is only required for APSK modulation schemes in the presence of significant phase noise.

These settings are assigned in the rxParams structure for synchronization processing. For details on how to set these parameters for low Es/No values, see the Further Exploration section.

rxParams.carrSyncLoopBW = 1e-3;              % Coarse frequency estimator loop bandwidth
                                             % normalized by symbol rate
rxParams.symbSyncLoopBW = 8e-3;              % Symbol timing synchronizer loop bandwidth
                                             % normalized by symbol rate
rxParams.symbSyncLock  = 5;                  % Number of frames required for symbol
                                             % timing error convergence
rxParams.frameSyncLock = 1;                  % Number of frames required for frame
                                             % synchronization
rxParams.hasFinePhaseCompensation = false;   % Flag to indicate whether fine phase
                                             % compensation is used
rxParams.finePhaseSyncLoopBW = 3.5e-4;       % Fine phase compensation loop bandwidth
                                             % normalized by symbol rate

% Total frames taken for symbol timing and frame synchronization to happen
rxParams.initialTimeSync = rxParams.symbSyncLock + rxParams.frameSyncLock;
% Initialize number of frames required for coarse carrier synchronization
% to total number of frames processed in simulation
rxParams.initialTimeFreqSync = simParams.numFrames;

% Create time frequency synchronization System object by using
% HelperDVBS2TimeFreqSynchronizer helper object
timeFreqSync = HelperDVBS2TimeFreqSynchronizer( ...
    CarrSyncLoopBW = rxParams.carrSyncLoopBW, ...
    SymbSyncLoopBW = rxParams.symbSyncLoopBW, ...
    SamplesPerSymbol = simParams.sps, ...
    DataFrameSize = rxParams.xFecFrameSize, ...
    SymbSyncTransitFrames = rxParams.symbSyncLock, ...
    FrameSyncAveragingFrames = rxParams.frameSyncLock);

% Create fine phase compensation System object by using
% HelperDVBS2FinePhaseCompensator helper object. Fine phase
% compensation is only required for 16 and 32 APSK modulated frames
if cfgDVBS2.MODCOD >= 18 && rxParams.hasFinePhaseCompensation
    finePhaseSync = HelperDVBS2FinePhaseCompensator( ...
        DataFrameSize = rxParams.xFecFrameSize, ...
        NormalizedLoopBandwidth = rxParams.finePhaseSyncLoopBW);

normFlag = cfgDVBS2.MODCOD >= 18 && strcmpi(cfgDVBS2.ScalingMethod,"Outer radius as 1");

% Initialize error computing parameters
[numFramesLost,pktsErr,bitsErr,pktsRec] = deal(0);

% Initialize data indexing variables
stIdx = 0;
% Variables for storing symbol synchronization output length, estimated coarse
% frequency offset, and average coarse frequency offset for every PL frame
[symSyncOutLen,cCFOEst,cCFOEstMean] = deal([]);
% Boolean variable to identify whether simulation has reached last frame, coarse
% frequency offset tracking, and fine frequency offset estimation has
% converged
[isLastFrame,isCoarseFreqLocked,isFineFreqLocked] = deal(false);
% Initialize the variable to store estimated fine frequency offset across
% PL frames
rxParams.fineFreqEstTemp = zeros(simParams.numFrames-rxParams.initialTimeSync,1);
rxParams.totalSyncFrames = simParams.numFrames;
% Counter to track the number of PL frames are used for fine frequency
% offset estimation
numFreqEst = 0;
% For short FEC frames, more PL frames are required to observing the frequency
% offset estimation performance
if cfgDVBS2.FECFrame == "short"
    cF = 5;
    fF = 4;
    cF = 3;
    fF = 3;
dataSize = rxParams.inputFrameSize;
plFrameSize = rxParams.plFrameSize;

Timing and Carrier Synchronization and Data Recovery

To synchronize the received data and recover the input bit stream, the distorted DVB-S2 waveform samples are processed one frame at a time by following these steps.

  1. Apply matched filtering, outputting at the rate of two samples per symbol.

  2. Apply symbol timing synchronization using the Gardner timing error detector with an output generated at the symbol rate. The Gardner TED is not data-aided, so it is performed before carrier synchronization.

  3. Apply frame synchronization to detect the start of frame and to identify the pilot positions.

  4. Estimate and apply coarse frequency offset correction.

  5. Estimate and apply fine frequency offset correction.

  6. Estimate and compensate for residual carrier frequency and phase noise.

  7. Decode the PL header and compute the transmission parameters.

  8. Demodulate and decode the PL frames.

  9. Perform CRC check on the BB header, if the check passes, recover the header parameters.

  10. Regenerate the input stream of data or packets from BB frames.

while stIdx < length(rxIn)

    % Use one DVB-S2 PL frame for each iteration.
    endIdx = stIdx + rxParams.plFrameSize*simParams.sps;

    % In the last iteration, all the remaining samples in the received
    % waveform are considered.
    isLastFrame = endIdx > length(rxIn);
    endIdx(isLastFrame) = length(rxIn);
    rxData = rxIn(stIdx+1:endIdx);

    % After coarse frequency offset loop is converged, the FLL works with a
    % reduced loop bandwidth.
    if rxParams.frameCount < rxParams.initialTimeFreqSync
        isCoarseFreqLocked = false;
        isCoarseFreqLocked = true;

    % Retrieve the last frame samples.
    if isLastFrame
        resSymb = plFrameSize - length(rxParams.cfBuffer);
        resSampCnt = resSymb*rxParams.sps - length(rxData);
        if resSampCnt >= 0    % Inadequate number of samples to fill last frame
            syncIn = [rxData;zeros(resSampCnt, 1)];
        else                  % Excess samples are available to fill last frame
            syncIn = rxData(1:resSymb*rxParams.sps);
        syncIn = rxData;

    % Apply matched filtering, symbol timing synchronization, frame
    % synchronization, and coarse frequency offset compensation.
    if rxParams.frameCount > 1
        [coarseFreqSyncOut,syncIndex,phEst] = timeFreqSync(syncIn,isCoarseFreqLocked);
        % Calculate coarse frequency offset estimate from phaseEst
        coarseCFOEst = diff(phEst(1:simParams.sps:end)/(2*pi));
        if rxParams.frameCount <= rxParams.initialTimeSync
           symSyncOutLen = [symSyncOutLen;length(coarseFreqSyncOut)];
            if any(abs(diff(symSyncOutLen(1:rxParams.frameCount-1))) > 5)
                error("Symbol timing synchronization failed. The loop will not " + ...
                    "converge. No frame will be recovered. Update the symbSyncLoopBW " + ...
                    "parameter according to the EsNo setting for proper loop convergence.");
        if rxParams.frameCount > rxParams.initialTimeSync + 1
            cCFOEstMean=[cCFOEstMean;mean(coarseCFOEst)]; %#ok<*AGROW>
            cCFOEst = [cCFOEst;coarseCFOEst];
            % Check for FLL convergence based on estimated coarse frequency
            % offset values across frames
            if length(cCFOEstMean) > cF
                diffVal = diff(abs(cCFOEstMean));
                if all(diffVal(end-(cF-1)) < 0.01) && ~isCoarseFreqLocked
                    isCoarseFreqLocked = true;
                    rxParams.initialTimeFreqSync = rxParams.frameCount;
                elseif isLastFrame && ~isCoarseFreqLocked
                    fprintf("%s\n",["Coarse frequency error estimation failed. Try analyzing the cCFOEst " ...
                        "across frames and see whether carrier synchronization is properly done. Try reducing the " ...
                        "carrSyncLoopBW parameters. Check with proper frame synchronization happened"]);
        rxParams.syncIndex = syncIndex;

        % The PL frame start index lies somewhere in the middle of the chunk being processed.
        % From fine frequency estimation onwards, the processing happens as a PL frame.
        % A buffer is used to store symbols required to fill one PL frame.
        if isLastFrame
            resCnt = resSymb - length(coarseFreqSyncOut);
            if resCnt <= 0
                fineFreqIn = [rxParams.cfBuffer; coarseFreqSyncOut(1:resSymb)];
                fineFreqIn = [rxParams.cfBuffer; coarseFreqSyncOut; zeros(resCnt, 1)];
        elseif rxParams.frameCount > 1
            fineFreqIn = [rxParams.cfBuffer; coarseFreqSyncOut(1:rxParams.plFrameSize-length(rxParams.cfBuffer))];

        % Estimate the fine frequency error by using the HelperDVBS2FineFreqEst
        % helper function.
        % Add 1 to the conditional check because the buffer used to get one PL
        % frame introduces a delay of one to the loop count.
        if (rxParams.frameCount > rxParams.initialTimeFreqSync + 1) && ...
            rxParams.fineFreqCorrVal = HelperDVBS2FineFreqEst( ...
                fineFreqIn(rxParams.pilotInd),rxParams.numPilots, ...
            % Normalize the frequency estimate by the input symbol rate
            % freqEst = angle(R)/(pi*(N+1)), where N (18) is the number of elements
            % used to compute the mean of auto correlation (R) in
            % HelperDVBS2FineFreqEst.
            freqEst = angle(rxParams.fineFreqCorrVal)/(pi*(19));
            rxParams.fineFreqEstTemp(1:end-1) = rxParams.fineFreqEstTemp(2:end);
            rxParams.fineFreqEstTemp(end) = freqEst;
            numFreqEst = numFreqEst+1;
            fprintf("Estimated carrier frequency offset in Hz = %f\n",(coarseCFOEst(end)+freqEst).*Rsymb);
            % Check normalized fine frequency offset estimation has converged within
            % an order of 1e-4
            if numFreqEst>=5
                cg = abs(diff(rxParams.fineFreqEstTemp));
                if all(cg(end-fF:end) < 1e-4)
                    isFineFreqLocked = true;
                    rxParams.totalSyncFrames = rxParams.frameCount;
                      dataStInd = rxParams.frameCount;
                elseif isLastFrame && ~isFineFreqLocked
                    fprintf("%s\n",["Fine frequency error estimation failed. Try analyzing the pilot fields "...
                        "in the PL frame to debug the issue."])

        if isFineFreqLocked
            freqEst = angle(rxParams.fineFreqCorrVal)/(pi*(19));
            % Generate the symbol indices using frameCount and plFrameSize.
            % Subtract 2 from the rxParams.frameCount because the buffer used to get one
            % PL frame introduces a delay of one to the count.
            ind = (rxParams.frameCount-2)*plFrameSize:(rxParams.frameCount-1)*plFrameSize-1;
            phErr = exp(-1j*2*pi*freqEst*ind);
            fineFreqOut = fineFreqIn.*phErr(:);

            % Estimate the phase error estimation by using the HelperDVBS2PhaseEst
            % helper function.
            [phEstRes,rxParams.prevPhaseEst] = HelperDVBS2PhaseEst( ...

            % Compensate for the residual frequency and phase offset by using
            % the
            % HelperDVBS2PhaseCompensate helper function.
            % Use two frames for initial phase error estimation. Starting with the
            % second frame, use the phase error estimates from the previous frame and
            % the current frame in compensation.
            % Add 2 to the frame count comparison to account for delays: One
            % frame due to rxParams.cfBuffer delay and two frames used for phase
            % error estimate.
            if rxParams.frameCount >= rxParams.totalSyncFrames + 2
                coarsePhaseCompOut = HelperDVBS2PhaseCompensate(rxParams.ffBuffer, ...
                % MODCOD >= 18 corresponds to APSK modulation schemes
                if cfgDVBS2.MODCOD >= 18 && rxParams.hasFinePhaseCompensation
                    phaseCompOut = finePhaseSync(coarsePhaseCompOut);
                    phaseCompOut = coarsePhaseCompOut;

            rxParams.ffBuffer = fineFreqOut;
            rxParams.pilotEst = phEstRes;

            % The phase compensation on the data portion is performed by
            % interpolating the phase estimates computed on consecutive pilot
            % blocks. The second phase estimate is not available for the data
            % portion after the last pilot block in the last frame. Therefore,
            % the slope of phase estimates computed on all pilot blocks in the
            % last frame is extrapolated and used to compensate for the phase
            % error on the final data portion.
            if isLastFrame
                pilotBlkLen = 36;    % Symbols
                pilotBlkFreq = 1476; % Symbols
                avgSlope = mean(diff(phEstRes(2:end)));
                chunkLen = rxParams.plFrameSize - rxParams.pilotInd(end) + ...
                estEndPh = phEstRes(end) + avgSlope*chunkLen/pilotBlkFreq;
                coarsePhaseCompOut1 = HelperDVBS2PhaseCompensate(rxParams.ffBuffer, ...
                % MODCOD >= 18 corresponds to APSK modulation schemes
                if cfgDVBS2.MODCOD >= 18 && rxParams.hasFinePhaseCompensation
                    phaseCompOut1 = finePhaseSync(coarsePhaseCompOut1);
                    phaseCompOut1 = coarsePhaseCompOut1;

        % Recover the input bit stream.
        if rxParams.frameCount >= rxParams.totalSyncFrames + 2
            isValid = true;
            if isLastFrame
                syncOut = [phaseCompOut; phaseCompOut1];
                syncOut = phaseCompOut;
            isValid = false;
            syncOut = [];

        % Update the buffers and counters.
        rxParams.cfBuffer = coarseFreqSyncOut(rxParams.syncIndex:end);

        if isValid  % Data valid signal
            % Decode the PL header by using the dvbsPLHeaderRecover
            % function
            rxPLHeader = syncOut(1:90);
            phyParams = dvbsPLHeaderRecover(rxPLHeader,Mode="DVB-S2/S2X regular");
            M = phyParams.ModulationOrder;
            R = eval(phyParams.LDPCCodeIdentifier);
            fecFrame = phyParams.FECFrameLength;
            pilotStat = phyParams.HasPilots;            
            xFECFrameLen = fecFrame/log2(M);
            % Validate the decoded PL header.
            if M ~= rxParams.modOrder || R ~= rxParams.codeRate || ...
                    fecFrame ~= rxParams.cwLen || ~pilotStat
                fprintf("%s\n","PL header decoding failed")
                dataStInd = dataStInd + 1;
            else % Demodulation and decoding
                    rxFrame = syncOut(1:plFrameSize);
                    % Estimate noise variance by using
                    % HelperDVBS2NoiseVarEstimate helper function.
                    nVar = HelperDVBS2NoiseVarEstimate(rxFrame,rxParams.pilotInd,...
                    % Recover the input bit stream by using
                    % dvbs2BitRecover function
                    [decBitsTemp, isFrameLost, pktCRC]  = dvbs2BitRecover(rxFrame,nVar);
                    decBits = decBitsTemp{:};

                    if ~isFrameLost && length(decBits) ~= dataSize
                        isFrameLost = true;
                    if ~isFrameLost && ~(strcmpi(cfgDVBS2.StreamFormat,"GS") && ~rxParams.UPL)
                        % Compute the packet error rate for TS or GS packetized
                        % mode.
                        pktsErr = pktsErr + numel(pktCRC{:}) - sum(pktCRC{:});
                        pktsRec = pktsRec + numel(pktCRC{:});
                    if ~isFrameLost
                        ts = sprintf("%s","BB header decoding passed.");
                        ts = sprintf("%s","BB header decoding failed.");
                    % Compute the number of frames lost. CRC failure of baseband header
                    % is considered a frame loss.
                    numFramesLost = isFrameLost + numFramesLost;
                    fprintf("%s(Number of frames lost = %1d)\n",ts,numFramesLost)
                    % Compute the bits in error.
                    bitInd = (dataStInd-1)*dataSize+1:dataStInd*dataSize;
                    if isLastFrame && ~isFrameLost
                        bitsErr = bitsErr + sum(data(bitInd) ~= decBits);
                        if ~isFrameLost
                            bitsErr = bitsErr + sum(data(bitInd) ~= decBits);
                    dataStInd = dataStInd + 1;
    stIdx = endIdx;
    rxParams.frameCount = rxParams.frameCount + 1;
Estimated carrier frequency offset in Hz = 3019975.374354
Estimated carrier frequency offset in Hz = 3012287.586468
Estimated carrier frequency offset in Hz = 3008105.479648
Estimated carrier frequency offset in Hz = 3005952.086299
Estimated carrier frequency offset in Hz = 3004454.246409
Estimated carrier frequency offset in Hz = 3003852.095332
Estimated carrier frequency offset in Hz = 3003342.796979
BB header decoding passed.(Number of frames lost = 0)
BB header decoding passed.(Number of frames lost = 0)
BB header decoding passed.(Number of frames lost = 0)
BB header decoding passed.(Number of frames lost = 0)

Visualization and Error Logs

Plot the constellation of the synchronized data and compute the BER and PER.

% Synchronized data constellation plot
syncConst = comm.ConstellationDiagram(Title = "Synchronized data", ...
    XLimits = [-2 2], YLimits = [-2 2], ...
    ShowReferenceConstellation = false);

% Error metrics display
% For GS continuous streams
if strcmpi(cfgDVBS2.StreamFormat,"GS") && ~rxParams.UPL
    if (simParams.numFrames-rxParams.totalSyncFrames == numFramesLost)
        fprintf("All frames are lost. No bits are retrieved from BB frames.")
        ber = bitsErr/((dataStInd-rxParams.totalSyncFrames)*dataSize);
        fprintf("BER           : %1.2e\n",ber)
    % For GS and TS packetized streams
    if pktsRec == 0
        fprintf("All frames are lost. No packets are retrieved from BB frames.")
        if strcmpi(cfgDVBS2.StreamFormat,"TS")
            pktLen = 1504;
            pktLen = cfgDVBS2.UPL;      % UP length including sync byte
        ber = bitsErr/(pktsRec*pktLen);
        per = pktsErr/pktsRec;
        fprintf("PER: %1.2e\n",per)
        fprintf("BER: %1.2e\n",ber)
PER: 0.00e+00
BER: 0.00e+00

Further Exploration

The operating Es/No range of the DVB-S2 standard being very low requires the normalized loop bandwidth of the symbol synchronizer and coarse FLL to be very small for accurate estimation. These parameters are set via rxParams.symbSyncLoopBW and rxParams.carrSyncLoopBW.

Configure Symbol Timing Synchronization Parameters

Try running the simulation using the symbol timing synchronizer configured with a normalized loop bandwidth of 1e-4. If the symbol timing loop doesn't converge, try decreasing the rxParams.symbSyncLoopBW and increasing the rxParams.symbSyncLock. To achieve convergence of the timing loop, the ratio rxParams.symbSyncLoopBW/simParams.sps must be greater than 1e-5.

Configure Frame Synchronization Parameters

Choose a rxParams.symbSyncLock value from the table provided in Configure Symbol Timing Synchronization Parameters section. Set rxParams.frameSyncLock as a value in the range of [1, 15] frames based on the Es/No setting. If the output is not as expected, increase the number of frames required for frame synchronization.

Configure Carrier Synchronization Parameters

Try running the simulation using the coarse FLL configured with a normalized loop bandwidth of 1e-4 for PSK signals and 4e-4 for APSK signals. FLL tracking performance is calculated across multiple frames and a convergence criterion is designed when to move to the next stage, fine frequency offset compensation. An oscillation pattern within a certain magnitude is considered as convergence criterion. Plot cCFOEst to visualize coarse frequency offset estimation.

Fine frequency offset is averaged over multiple pilot blocks on a frame by frame basis. When the estimated value converges in the order of 1e-4 across multiple frames, it is considered as fine frequency offset estimate. Since, proper phase offset estimation can happen only when residual carrier frequency offset is less than 0.02% of symbol rate, this convergence criterion is used.

Fine phase compensation PLL is used for only 16 APSK and 32 APSK modulation schemes with substantial phase noise.

After refining the synchronization parameters set in the rxParams structure, perform the BER simulation for the updated configuration.

Supporting Files

The example uses these helper functions:


  1. ETSI Standard EN 302 307-1 V1.4.1(2014-11). Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB); Second Generation Framing Structure, Channel Coding and Modulation Systems for Broadcasting, Interactive Services, News Gathering and other Broadband Satellite Applications (DVB-S2).

  2. ETSI Standard TR 102 376-1 V1.2.1(2015-11). Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB); Implementation Guidelines for the Second Generation System for Broadcasting, Interactive Services, News Gathering and other Broadband Satellite Applications (DVB-S2).

  3. Mengali, Umberto, and Aldo N.D'Andrea. Synchronization Techniques for Digital Receivers. New York: Plenum Press,1997.

  4. E. Casini, R. De Gaudenzi, and Alberto Ginesi. "DVB‐S2 modem algorithms design and performance over typical satellite channels." International Journal of Satellite Communications and Networking 22, no. 3 (2004): 281-318.

  5. Michael Rice, Digital Communications: A Discrete-Time Approach. New York: Prentice Hall, 2008.

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