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comm.OQPSKDemodulator System object

Package: comm

Demodulate using OQPSK method


The OQPSKDemodulator object demodulates a signal that was modulated using the offset quadrature phase shift keying method. The input is a baseband representation of the modulated signal.

To demodulate a signal that was modulated using offset quadrature phase shift keying:

  1. Define and set up your OQPSK demodulator object. See Construction.

  2. Call step to demodulate the signal according to the properties of comm.OQPSKDemodulator. The behavior of step is specific to each object in the toolbox.

    Note:   Starting in R2016b, instead of using the step method to perform the operation defined by the System object™, you can call the object with arguments, as if it were a function. For example, y = step(obj,x) and y = obj(x) perform equivalent operations.


H = comm.OQPSKDemodulator creates a demodulator System object, H. This object demodulates the input signal using the offset quadrature phase shift keying (OQPSK) method.

H = comm.OQPSKDemodulator(Name,Value) creates an OQPSK demodulator object, H, with each specified property set to the specified value. You can specify additional name-value pair arguments in any order as (Name1,Value1,...,NameN,ValueN).

H = comm.OQPSKDemodulator(PHASE,Name,Value) creates an OQPSK demodulator object, H. This object has the PhaseOffset property set to PHASE and the other specified properties set to the specified values.



Phase of zeroth point of constellation from π4

Specify the phase offset of the zeroth point of the constellation shifted from π4, in radians, as a finite, real-valued scalar. The default is 0.


Output data as bits

Specify whether the output consists of groups of bits or integer values. The default is false. When you set this property to true the step method outputs a column vector of bit values. The vector length must equal to twice the number of demodulated symbols. When you set this property to false, the step method outputs a column vector. The length of this vector equals to the number of demodulated symbols that contain integer values between 0 and 3. The object produces one output demodulated symbol for each pair of input samples.


Data type of output

Specify output data type as Full precision | Smallest unsigned integer | double | single | int8 | uint8 | int16 | uint16 | int32 | uint32. The default is Full precision. When you set this property to Full precision, the step method output inherits the data type from the input. When the input is of single or double data, the step method outputs the same data type as the input. When the input data is of a fixed-point type, then the step method outputs the same data type as if you set the OutputDataType property to Smallest unsigned integer. When you set the BitOutput property to true, the logical data type becomes a valid option.

When the input signal is an integer data type, you must have a Fixed-Point Designer™ user license to use this property in Smallest unsigned integer or Full precision mode.

 Fixed-Point Properties


constellationCalculate or plot ideal signal constellation
resetReset demodulator state
stepDemodulate using OQPSK method
Common to All System Objects

Create System object with same property values


Expected number of inputs to a System object


Expected number of outputs of a System object


Check locked states of a System object (logical)


Allow System object property value changes


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Create a OQPSK modulator and demodulator pair. Create an AWGN channel object having two bits per symbol.

oqpskmod = comm.OQPSKModulator('BitInput',true);
oqpskdemod = comm.OQPSKDemodulator('BitOutput',true);
channel = comm.AWGNChannel('EbNo',4,'BitsPerSymbol',2);

Create an error rate calculator. Set the ReceiveDelay property to 2 to account for the delay between the modulator and demodulator.

errorRate = comm.ErrorRate('ReceiveDelay',2);

Main processing loop steps:

  • Generate 50 2-bit frames

  • OQPSK modulate

  • Pass through AWGN channel

  • OQPSK demodulate

  • Collect error statistics

for counter = 1:100
    txData = randi([0 1],100,1);
    modSig = oqpskmod(txData);
    rxSig = channel(modSig);
    rxData = oqpskdemod(rxSig);
    errorStats = errorRate(txData,rxData);

Display the error statistics.

ber = errorStats(1)
numErrors = errorStats(2)
numBits = errorStats(3)
ber =


numErrors =


numBits =



This object implements the algorithm, inputs, and outputs described on the OQPSK Demodulator Baseband block reference page. The object properties correspond to the block parameters.

Extended Capabilities

Introduced in R2012a

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