Half Subcarrier Shift (LTE)

Default: Selected

When Half Subcarrier Shift is selected, the demodulator expects the uplink signal to comply with the LTE standard regarding subcarrier shift and phase reset. The LTE standard requires that the uplink subcarriers be spaced on either side of DC by half the subcarrier spacing. When this is done, a phase reset is also needed after each symbol.

To demodulate a signal that does not shift the subcarriers by half the subcarrier spacing (and therefore does not need a phase reset), clear the Half Subcarrier Shift parameter.

To demodulate a signal that conforms to the half subcarrier shift, but does not reset the phase each symbol, clear this parameter. The signal will then be demodulated correctly, but will show a frequency offset error of 7.5 KHz.


Downlink signals have an odd number of subcarriers, and the middle subcarrier, located at DC, is discarded, since recovering the data from a DC subcarrier is generally difficult. In contrast, uplink signals have one less subcarrier than the corresponding downlink signal and are shifted down in frequency by half the subcarrier spacing such that the subcarriers are symmetric about DC, causing less bandwidth to be wasted.

See Also

Format Tab

LTE Demod Properties Dialog Box

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