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    Error rate vs. bandwidth

    Hi,

    The attached chart is Bit Error Probalitity vs. IF SNR bandwidth. It seems the wider IF bandwidth (1.5x) tends to have a higher error rate. This is something against my understanding: the more bandwidth the better. Can anyone explain it?

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    Re: Error rate vs. bandwidth

    This looks like a very carelessly produced graph (e.g. what is "Bit Rage" supposed to mean?).

    Perhaps the x-axis is supposed to be related to bit rate. Given a fixed baud rate, higher bit rates will usually lead to higher bit error probability (e.g. think about 64-QAM vs BPSK).

    However, I usually find that it is not worth wasting your time trying to understand badly presented information like this. If the author isn't even capable of producing a basic graph, then there is a good chance that whatever they are trying to tell you is unhelpful or incorrect.



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    Re: Error rate vs. bandwidth

    The diagram is confusing. The X-axis is the SNR when the bandwidth = bit rate. When the IF is extended to 1.5 * bit rate, the noise will increase by 1.76 dB (assuming white noise) and the actual SNR will go down if the bandwidth already was enough to pass most of the wanted signal.
    The diagram basically shows that there is an optimum IF bandwidth for a certain bit rate. If you decrease (obvious, but not shown in the diagram) or increase the IF BW from the optimum value, the error probability goes up.
    The optimum bandwidth for a bit rate depends on the modulation method (NRZ-L PCM/FM in this case).


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