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Upsampling (Stretch) Operator

Figure: Upsampling by a factor of $ N$ : $ y \isdeftext
\hbox{\sc Stretch}_N(x)$ .

Figure 11.1 shows the graphical symbol for a digital upsampler by the factor $ N$ . To upsample by the integer factor $ N$ , we simply insert $ N-1$ zeros between $ x(n)$ and $ x(n+1)$ for all $ n$ . In other words, the upsampler implements the stretch operator defined in §2.3.9:

y(n) &=& \hbox{\sc Stretch}_{N,n}(x)\\
&\isdef & \left\{\begin{array}{ll}
x(n/N), & \frac{n}{N}\in{\bf Z} \\ [5pt]
0, & \hbox{otherwise}. \\
\end{array} \right.

In the frequency domain, we have, by the stretch (repeat) theorem for DTFTs:

Y(z) &=& \hbox{\sc Repeat}_{N,z}(X)\\
&\isdef & X(z^N), \quad z\in{\bf C}.

Plugging in $ z=e^{j\omega}$ , we see that the spectrum on $ [-\pi,\pi)$ contracts by the factor $ N$ , and $ N$ images appear around the unit circle. For $ N=2$ , this is depicted in Fig.11.2.

Figure: Illustration of $ \hbox {\sc Repeat}_2$ in the frequency domain.

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