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DPCM or differential pulse-code modulation is a signal encoder that uses the baseline of PCM but adds some functionalities based on the prediction of the samples of the signal. The input can be an analog signal or a digital signal.

If the input is a continuous-time analog signal, it needs to be sampled first so that a discrete-time signal is the input to the DPCM encoder.

Applying one of these two processes, short-term redundancy (positive correlation of nearby values) of the signal is eliminated; compression ratios on the order of 2 to 4 can be achieved if differences are subsequently entropy coded, because the entropy of the difference signal is much smaller than that of the original discrete signal treated as independent samples.

DPCM was invented by C. Chapin Cutler at Bell Labs in 1950; his patent includes both methods.[1]

Following are the diagrams of the encoder and decoder of the two versions commented:



[edit] Option 1: difference between two consecutive samples


The encoder makes the role of differentiation (the quantizer should precede the difference, unlike shown in the figure), while the decoder serves as an accumulator.

The quantifier (Q) reduces the number of bits while the reverse quantifier (Q − 1) recovers the number of bits of the original initial discrete signal.

[edit] Option 2: Analysis-by-synthesis

Incorporation of the decoder inside the encoder


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[edit] References

  1. ^ U.S. patent 2605361, C. Chapin Cutler, "Differential Quantization of Communication Signals," filed June 29, 1950, issued July 29, 1952
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