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The digital filtering process can be achieved by a set of phase shifters with suitable characteristics. A particular set, named polyphase network, is defined and analyzed. It permits the use of recursive devices for efficient sample-rate alteration. The comparison with conventional filters shows that, with the same active memory, a reduction of computation rate approaching a factor of 2 can be achieved when the alteration factor increases. A more substantial gain can be obtained in the direct realization of a uniform bank of recursive filters through combination of the polyphase network with a discrete Fourier transform (DFT) computer; savings in hardware also result from the low sensitivity of the structure to coefficient word lengths.