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Minimizing Lowpass FIR Filter Length

This example shows how to minimize the number coefficients, by designing minimum-phase or minimum-order filters.

Minimum-Phase Lowpass Filter Design

To start, set up the filter parameters and use fdesign to create a constructor for designing the filter.

  N = 100;
  Fp = 0.38;
  Fst = 0.42;
  Ap = 0.06;
  Ast = 60;
  Hf = fdesign.lowpass('Fp,Fst,Ap,Ast',Fp,Fst,Ap,Ast);

So far, we have only considered linear-phase designs. Linear phase is desirable in many applications. Nevertheless, if linear phase is not a requirement, minimum-phase designs can provide significant improvements over linear phase counterparts. For instance, returning to the minimum order case, a minimum-phase/minimum-order design for the same specifications can be computed with:

  Hd1 = design(Hf,'equiripple','systemobject',true);
  Hd2 = design(Hf,'equiripple','minphase',true,...
  hfvt = fvtool(Hd1,Hd2,'Color','White');
  legend(hfvt,'Linear-phase equiripple design',...
         'Minimum-phase equiripple design')

Notice that the number of coefficients has been reduced from 146 to 117. As a second example, consider the design with a stopband decaying in linear fashion. Notice the increased stopband attenuation. The passband ripple is also significantly smaller.

  Hd3 = design(Hf,'equiripple','StopbandShape','linear',...
  Hd4 = design(Hf,'equiripple','StopbandShape','linear',...
  hfvt2 = fvtool(Hd3,Hd4,'Color','White');
  legend(hfvt2,'Linear-phase equiripple design with linearly decaying stopband',...
      'Minimum-phase equiripple design with linearly decaying stopband')

Minimum-Order Lowpass Filter Design Using Multistage Techniques

A different approach to minimizing the number of coefficients that does not involve minimum-phase designs is to use multistage techniques. Here we show an interpolated FIR (IFIR) approach.

  Hd5 = ifir(Hf);
  hfvt3 = fvtool(Hd1,Hd5,'Color','White');
  legend(hfvt3,'Linear-phase equirriple design',...
        'Linear-phase IFIR design')

The number of nonzero coefficients required in the IFIR case is 111. Less than both the equiripple linear-phase and minimum-phase designs.