CIC Interpolation Filter with Multi-Channel Data Support

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The CIC Interpolation Filter with Multi-Channel Data Support design example demonstrates how to use CIC MegaCore function to implement digital sample rate up conversion for multiple independent data sources.

Digital signal processing (DSP) systems often need to work with multiple parallel channels. For digital data rate down or up conversion applications (if different channels have identical rate change requirement), instead of duplicating the same hardware for each input channel, time sharing of low rate hardware sections can provide significant resource re-use. This is the concept of multi-channel operation of the Cascaded-Integrator-Comb (CIC) filter MegaCore function.

In this example, we configure the CIC Compiler to support multiple interfaces so we can take advantage of resource saving in the single-input-multiple-output (SIMO) mode for interpolation. The overall system diagram is shown in Figure 1. For more information on CIC multi-channel support, refer to the CIC Compiler User Guide (PDF).

Figure 1. Block diagram of digital up conversion example using CIC filter in SIMO mode.


This demonstration has the following features:

  • The CIC filter is configured to have two independent interfaces to support parallel input data channels. This allows the CIC filter to time share the low data comb filter sections for all input channels.
  • Finite impulse response (FIR) Compiler is configured to have an inverse sinc frequency response to compensate CIC filter droop.
  • The FIR Compiler uses the multi-cycle-variable (MCV) architecture, which re-uses multipliers and provide additional resource saving. For more information on MCV architecture, refer to the FIR Compiler User Guide (PDF).
  • A MATLAB script designing CIC compensating filter is provided for your reference. The script uses the frequency sampling method to design a FIR filter that has an inverse sinc frequency response. The overall system response is plotted for you to verify key system specifications such as the pass band ripple and stop band attenuation.
  • Avalon® Streaming Interface is used to transfer packet data from multiple data sources between MegaCore functions. For more information about Avalon Streaming Interface, refer to the Avalon Streaming Interface Specification.
  • Avalon Streaming Packet Format Converter is included to properly interleave/deinterleave multiple data channels.


The inputs to the design example are two independent data sources. One source signal is a sine wave and the other is a cosine wave. Both have a carrier frequency of 2.5 MHz. Part of the input signal is corrupted by high-frequency additive noise. The data sources generate continuous data; therefore, the startofpacket and endofpacket signals of the Avalon Streaming Interface are configured to indicate streaming data.

The input data sources generate one valid sample every 8 clock cycles, corresponding to an equivalent data rate of 10 MHz and bus utilization at 12.5 percent. The packet format converter interleaves the data sources and the bus utilization is doubled. A FIR filter precludes the CIC filter to provide pre-conditioning to CIC filter frequency droop and also additional up sampling by 2. Its output bus utilization becomes 50 percent. The CIC filter implements the bulk of rate change, in this case up sampling by 4. It is configured to have the SIMO structure, where interleaved input signals time share the comb filter sections as they enter the CIC filter. Two independent output interfaces are generated to split the interleaved multi-channel input data. CIC filter output sampling rate is 80 MHz with 100 percent bus utilization for both output channels. Note that the backpressure of Avalon Streaming Interface in this up conversion chain is not activated and can actually be optimized away. It can be shown that without backpressure, the same functional design can operate at higher speed and use fewer resources at the cost of slightly more complex source signal control.

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Tables 1 and 2 list the parameter settings used in the interpolation example.

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