MATLAB Examples

QPSK Transmitter Using Analog Devices AD9361/AD9364

This example shows how to use the Xilinx® Zynq-Based Radio Support Package with MATLAB® to implement a QPSK transmitter. The SDR device in example model will keep transmitting indexed 'Hello world' messages at its specified center frequency. You can demodulate the transmitted message using the QPSK Receiver with Analog Devices™ AD9361/AD9364 example with additional SDR hardware.

Refer to the Getting Started documentation for details on configuring your host computer to work with the Support Package for Xilinx® Zynq-Based Radio.



This example transmits a QPSK signal over the air using SDR hardware. The transmitted packets are indexed 'Hello world' messages. This example has two main objectives:

  • Implement a prototype QPSK-based transmitter in MATLAB using SDR system objects from the Xilinx® Zynq-Based Radio Support Package.
  • Illustrate the use of key Communications System Toolbox™ System objects for QPSK system design.


Before running the example, ensure you have performed the following steps:

1. Configure your host computer to work with the Support Package for Xilinx® Zynq-Based Radio. See Getting Started for help.

2. Ensure that you have a suitable receiver. This example is designed to work in conjunction with any of the following possible receiver examples:

Running the Example

The example can be run by executing zynqRadioQPSKTransmitterAD9361AD9364ML.m.

prmQPSKTransmitter = zynqRadioQPSKTransmitterAD9361AD9364ML_init; % Transmitter parameter structure

The transmitter initialization script, zynqRadioQPSKTransmitterAD9361AD9364ML_init.m, initializes the simulation parameters and generates the structure prmQPSKTransmitter.

Make sure that the prmQPSKTransmitter.RadioCenterFrequency variable specifies a signal center frequency that matches the receiver. With the default settings, the signal is transmitted at 2.4 GHz.

By using the compileIt and useCodegen flags, you can interact with the code to explore different execution options. Set the MATLAB variable compileIt to true and MATLAB will use the codegen command provided by the MATLAB Coder™ product to generate C code. The codegen command compiles MATLAB functions to a C-based static or dynamic library, executable, or MEX file, producing code for accelerated execution. The generated executable runs several times faster than the original MATLAB code. Set useCodegen to true to run the compiled executable generated by codegen instead of the MATLAB code.

By default, the example is configured to run with ZC706 and ADI FMCOMMS2/3/4 hardware. You can uncomment one of the following lines, as applicable, to set the SDRDeviceName field in structure variable prmQPSKTransmitter.

% %prmQPSKTransmitter.SDRDeviceName = 'ZedBoard and FMCOMMS2/3/4';
% %prmQPSKTransmitter.SDRDeviceName = 'ADI RF SOM';

% only needs called once per session, but multiple calls will cause no problems
prmQPSKTransmitter.SDRDeviceName = 'ZC706 and FMCOMMS2/3/4';
dev = sdrdev(prmQPSKTransmitter.SDRDeviceName);
compileIt  = true; % true if code is to be compiled for accelerated execution
useCodegen = true; % true to run the latest generated mex file

Transmitter Design: System Architecture

The code below either runs the transmitter directly or compiles and runs the compiled code based on the compileIt and useCodegen flags.

if compileIt
    fprintf('Compiling runZynqRadioQPSKTransmitterAD9361AD9364ML...');
    codegen('runZynqRadioQPSKTransmitterAD9361AD9364ML', '-args', {coder.Constant(prmQPSKTransmitter)});

if useCodegen
    fprintf('Running using compiled code\n');
    clear runZynqRadioQPSKTransmitterAD9361AD9364ML_mex
    fprintf('Running using uncompiled code\n');

fprintf('\n==== Finished Transmission ====\n');

The function runZynqRadioQPSKTransmitterAD9361AD9364ML implements the QPSK transmitter using two top level system objects: QPSKTransmitter and SDR Transmitter. For a Simulink block diagram of the system, refer to the QPSK Transmitter with Analog Devices AD9361/AD9364 example using Simulink.

SDR Transmitter

This example communicates with the radio hardware using the SDR Transmitter system object.

The parameter structure prmQPSKTransmitter defines the control parameters for the radio. Changes to radio parameters IPAddress, CenterFrequency and BasebandSampleRate should be made in zynqRadioQPSKTransmitterAD9361AD9364ML_init.m.

QPSK Transmitter

The custom QPSKTransmitter object generates the baseband samples to be sent to the SDR transmitter. It is divided into a number of subcomponents, each modeled using system objects. A brief overview of each component is given below.

1. QPSKBitsGenerator: Generates data frames. Each frame is 200 bits long. The first 26 bits are a frame header, and the remaining 174 bits represent a data payload. The payload is scrambled to guarantee a balanced distribution of zeroes and ones for the timing recovery operation in the receiver.

  • The 26 header bits result in a 13-symbol Barker code to use as a preamble. The preamble is used aid in overcoming channel impairments in the receiver.
  • The first 105 bits of the payload correspond to the ASCII representation of 'Hello world ###', where '###' is a repeating sequence of '001', '002', '003',..., '099'.
  • The remaining payload bits are random.

2. comm.QPSKModulator: Modulates pairs of bits from the output of the QPSKBitsGenerator object to QPSK constellation points. Each QPSK symbol is represented by one complex sample.

3. dsp.FIRInterpolator: Performs root raised cosine pulse shaping with a roll off factor of 0.5. It also upsamples the baseband signal by a factor of 4.

Alternative Implementations

This example describes the MATLAB implementation of a QPSK transmitter with SDR Hardware. You can also view a Simulink implementation of this example in QPSK Transmitter Using Analog Devices AD9361/AD9364 using Simulink.

You can also explore a non-hardware QPSK transmitter and receiver example that models a general wireless communication system using an AWGN channel and simulated channel impairments with commQPSKTransmitterReceiver.

Troubleshooting the Example

If you run the example and you get the message WARNING: SDR hardware Tx data buffer underflow! in the command window, then the simulation ran slower than real time. To achieve real time processing, you can enable the Codegen mode by setting the compileIt and useCodegen flags to true. The Codegen mode requires MATLAB Coder™ installation. You can also try the burst mode.

If you still fail to receive any messages, see Xilinx Zynq-Based Radio Processing Errors and Fixes.

List of Example Helper Files

This example uses the following helper files: