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digital high pass filter

Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by Frank Buss, Aug 23, 2007.

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  1. Frank Buss

    Frank Buss Guest

    I have found a very nice low pass filter on the web:


    where 0 <= a < 1. The higher a is, the lower is the cut-off frequency.

    Is there something simple like this for a high pass filter, too?
  2. Tom Bruhns

    Tom Bruhns Guest

    x(k+1) = (1-c)*x(k) + c*u(k)
    y(k) = u(k) - x(k)
    c sets the cutoff frequency. There's a zero at z=1 and a pole at z=1-
    u(k) is the input; y(k) the output. x is a variable internal to the
    Note that x(k) by itself as an output is just a low-pass function.
    This is a first-order filter.
  3. Frank Buss

    Frank Buss Guest

    Thanks, that's obvious after reading it :) The high pass filter is just
    the input minus the output of the low pass filter.

    What I really need is a bandpass filter. I've combined the two filters like

    hc = 0.02;
    lc = 0.4;
    lk = 0;
    hk = 0;
    loop {
    in = nextSensorValue();
    lk = lk + lc * (in - lk);
    hk = hk + hc * (lk - hk);
    out = lk - hk;

    This is already very simple and looks like it does what I want, but I
    wonder if I can reduce the number of multiplications and additions even
    further, because I want to implement it on a microcontroller, with the
    additional complication that it doesn't support floating points. But I
    think I can convert it to fixed point math.
  4. Tom Bruhns

    Tom Bruhns Guest

    I haven't checked the accuracy of your translation of the original
    formulas, but assuming they are accurate, if you can arrange to use
    constants that are of the form 2^k, where k is a negative integer,
    then you can accomplish the multiplication using just shifts. It's
    common that the high pass filter is just to block very low
    frequencies, and the cutoff frequency is not terribly important.
    Sometimes you can use c=1/256, and just shift by a whole byte, which
    may be almost trivial to do. You may be surprised to find that
    filters implemented with too narrow a data path have strange
    behaviour; you likely will need to keep lk and hk around as a byte
    wider than your input data (two bytes wide if your input is 8 bits).

  5. MooseFET

    MooseFET Guest

    Output = (f(x)-input)
  6. HapticZ

    HapticZ Guest

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