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y = sinc(x) returns an array, y, whose elements are the sinc of the elements of the input, x. The output y is the same size as x.


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Perform ideal bandlimited interpolation of a random signal sampled at integer spacings.

Assume that the signal to interpolate, x, is 0 outside of the given time interval and has been sampled at the Nyquist frequency. Reset the random number generator for reproducibility.

rng default

t = 1:10;
x = randn(size(t))';
ts = linspace(-5,15,600);
[Ts,T] = ndgrid(ts,t);
y = sinc(Ts - T)*x;

xlabel Time, ylabel Signal
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Input Arguments

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Input array, specified as a real-valued or complex-valued scalar, vector, matrix, or N-D array. When x is nonscalar, sinc is an element-wise operation.

Data Types: single | double
Complex Number Support: Yes

Output Arguments

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Sinc of the input array, x, returned as a real-valued or complex-valued scalar, vector, matrix, or N-D array of the same size as x.

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The sinc function is defined by


This analytic expression corresponds to the continuous inverse Fourier transform of a rectangular pulse of width 2π and height 1:


The space of functions bandlimited in the frequency range ω=(π,π] is spanned by the countably infinite set of sinc functions shifted by integers. Thus, you can reconstruct any such bandlimited function g(t) from its samples at integer spacings:


Extended Capabilities

C/C++ Code Generation
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Version History

Introduced before R2006a