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Find delay between two signals

Utility Blocks

The Find Delay block finds the delay between a signal and a delayed, and possibly distorted, version of itself. This is useful when you want to compare a transmitted and received signal to find the bit error rate, but do not know the delay in the received signal. This block accepts a column vector or matrix input signal. For a matrix input, the block outputs a row vector, and finds the delay in each channel of the matrix independently. See Delays for more information about signal delays.

The `sRef`

input port receives the original signal, while the
`sDel`

input port receives the delayed version of the signal. The
two input signals must have the same dimensions and sample times.

The output port labeled `delay`

outputs the delay in units of
samples. If you select `Include "change signal" output port`

,
then an output port labeled `chg`

appears. The `chg`

output port outputs 1 when there is a change from the delay computed at the previous
sample, and 0 when there is no change. The `delay`

output port outputs
signals of type double, and the `chg`

output port outputs signals of
type boolean.

The block's **Correlation window length** parameter specifies how
many samples of the signals the block uses to calculate the cross-correlation. The delay
output is a nonnegative integer less than the **Correlation window
length**.

As the **Correlation window length** is increased, the reliability of
the computed delay also increases. However, the processing time to compute the delay
increases as well.

You can make the Find Delay block stop updating the delay after it computes the same
delay value for a specified number of samples. To do so, select **Disable
recurring updates**, and enter a positive integer in the **Number
of constant delay outputs to disable updates** field. For example, if you
set **Number of constant delay outputs to disable updates** to
`20`

, the block will stop recalculating and updating the delay
after it calculates the same value 20 times in succession. Disabling recurring updates
causes the simulation to run faster after the target number of constant delays
occurs.

Set

**Correlation window length**sufficiently large so that the computed delay eventually stabilizes at a constant value. When this occurs, the signal from the optional`chg`

output port stabilizes at the constant value of zero. If the computed delay is not constant, you should increase**Correlation window length**. If the increased value of**Correlation window length**exceeds the duration of the simulation, then you should also increase the duration of the simulation accordingly.If the cross-correlation between the two signals is broad, then the

**Correlation window length**value should be much larger than the expected delay, or else the algorithm might stabilize at an incorrect value. For example, a CPM signal has a broad autocorrelation, so it has a broad cross-correlation with a delayed version of itself. In this case, the**Correlation window length**value should be much larger than the expected delay.If the block calculates a delay that is greater than 75 percent of the

**Correlation window length**, the signal`sRef`

is probably delayed relative to the signal`sDel`

. In this case, you should switch the signal lines leading into the two input ports.

A typical use of this block is to determine the correct **Receive
delay** parameter in the Error Rate Calculation block. This is
illustrated in Use the Find Delay Block. In that example, the modulation/demodulation
operation introduces a computational delay into the received signal and the Find
Delay block determines that the delay is 6 samples. This value of 6 becomes a
parameter in the Error Rate Calculation block, which computes the bit error rate of
the system.

Another example of this usage is in Delays.

Another typical use of this block is to determine how to align the boundaries of frames with the boundaries of codewords or other types of data blocks. Delays describes when such alignment is necessary and also illustrates, in the Aligning Words of a Block Code discussion, how to use the Find Delay block to solve the problem.

The next example illustrates how to tell when the **Correlation window
length** is not sufficiently large. Load this model by typing doc_find_delay_example at the
command prompt.

The model uses a Delay block to delay a signal by 10
samples. The Find Delay block compares the original signal with the
delayed version. In this model, the **Input processing** parameter
of the Delay block is set to` Columns as channels`

. The
model then displays the output of the Find Delay block in a scope. If the
**Correlation window length** is `15`

, the
scope shows that the calculated delay is not constant over time, as you can see in
the following image.

This result tells you to increase the **Correlation window
length**. If you increase it to `50`

, the calculated
delay stabilizes at 10, as shown below.

**Correlation window length**The number of samples the block uses to calculate the cross-correlations of the two signals.

**Include "change signal" output port**If you select this option, then the block has an extra output port that emits an impulse when the current computed delay differs from the previous computed delay.

**Disable recurring updates**Selecting this option causes the block to stop computing the delay after it computes the same delay value for a specified number of samples.

**Number of constant delay outputs to disable updates**A positive integer specifying how many times the block must compute the same delay before ceasing to update. This field appears only if

**Disable recurring updates**is selected.

The Find Delay block finds the delay by calculating the cross-correlations of the first signal with time-shifted versions of the second signal, and then finding the index at which the cross-correlation is maximized.