Pulse Amplitude Modulation PAM

The first step in analog-to-digital encoding is called pulse amplitude modulation (PAM). This technique takes analog information, samples it, and generates a series of pulses based on the results of the sampling. The term sampling means measuring the amplitude of the signal at equal intervals.

The method of sampling used in PAM is more useful to other areas of engineering than it is to data communication. However, PAM is the foundation of an important analog-to-digital encoding method called pulse code modulation (PCM).

In PAM, the original signal is sampled at equal intervals as shown in Figure 4.2-2. PAM uses a technique called sample and hold. At a given moment the signal level is read, then held briefly. The sampled value occurs only instantaneously in the actual waveform, but is generalized over a still short but measurable period in the PAM result.

Modulateur Pam
Fig. 4.2-2 PAM

The reason PAM is not useful to data communications is that, although it translates the original waveform to a series of pulses, these pulses are still of any amplitude (still an analog signal, not digital). To make them digital, we must modify them by using pulse code modulation (PCM).

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  • tess
    Which multiplexing technique is used in PAM?
    3 years ago
    Why is the pam multiplex technique not used in transmission?
    3 years ago
  • Edoardo
    Why pam is not suitable for communication?
    2 years ago
  • Bell
    Why pam is not preferable in digital transmission?
    2 years ago
  • Gerda
    Why pam multiplexing techniques not used on transmission lines?
    1 year ago
  • faramond
    Why is it necessary to use tdm when transmitting pam signals?
    1 year ago
  • Nina Gammidge
    Why is the pam multiplex technique not used on transmission lines?
    7 months ago

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