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Complex correction of data acquisition channels using FIR equalizer filters

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2 Author(s)
Kollar, I. ; Dept. of Meas. & Instrum. Eng., Tech. Univ. Budapest, Hungary ; Rolain, Y.

The common conviction about FIR (finite impulse response) digital filters is that the number of necessary taps, to reach the same performance as provided by IIR (infinite impulse response) digital filters, is usually too large. Moreover, the standard FIR filter design algorithm (Remez exchange) allows the design of linear-phase filters only. Therefore, IIR filters are often preferred over FIR ones, without any further investigations. This paper presents a case study of complex (amplitude and phase) equalization of the passband of a commercial anti-aliasing filter. The novelty is the usage of an FIR filter for this purpose (or an FIR one, combined with a low-order IIR filter), and a thorough discussion of the special design aspects. It turns out that for the given anti-aliasing filter (a Cauer filter of order 11) an FIR filter of length 60···100 can perform as well as a 26/26 (numerator order/denominator order) IIR one. The properties are even better if a low-order IIR filter is used in combination with an FIR one (orders, e.g., 1/1+40/0). Because of the absence of stability problems and the ease of implementation, the use of FIR filters is suggested

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Instrumentation and Measurement, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:42 ,  Issue: 5 )