Generate pseudonoise sequence
Communications Toolbox / Comm Sources / Sequence Generators
Communications Toolbox HDL Support / Comm Sources
The PN Sequence Generator block generates a sequence of pseudorandom binary numbers using a linearfeedback shift register (LFSR). Pseudonoise sequences are typically used for pseudorandom scrambling, and in directsequence spreadspectrum systems. For more information, see More About.
These icons shows the block with all ports enabled.
Mask
— Output maskOutput mask to delay the PN sequence from initial time, specified as a binary vector with N elements. N is the degree of the generator polynomial.
To enable this port, set Output mask source to
Input port
.
Data Types: double
 uint8
 ufix1
oSiz
— Output sizeOutput size for variablesize output signals, specified as an integer. For information about variablesize signals, see VariableSize Signal Basics (Simulink).
To enable this port, select Output variablesize signals
and set Maximum output size source to Dialog
parameter
.
Data Types: double
Ref
— Reference inputReference input, specified as a column vector that determines the maximum and current output sequence length. The Ref input must be a variablesize signal. For information about variablesize signals, see VariableSize Signal Basics (Simulink).
To enable this port, select Output variablesize signals
and set Maximum output size source to Inherit from
reference input
.
Data Types: double
Rst
— Reset sequence generatorReset sequence generator, specified as 0
or
1
. For more information, see Reset Behavior.
To enable this port, select Reset on nonzero input.
Data Types: Boolean
Out
— Pseudorandom noise sequencePN sequence, returned as a binary vector.
Generator polynomial
— Generator polynomial'z^6 + z + 1'
(default)  polynomial character vector  binary row vectorGenerator polynomial, specified as one of the following:
A polynomial character vector that includes the number
1
.
A binary row vector that represents the coefficients of the generator
polynomial in order of descending power. The first and last entries must be
1
. The length of this vector is (N+1),
where N is the degree of the generator polynomial.
A vector containing the exponents of z for the nonzero
terms of the polynomial in descending order of powers. The last entry must be
0
.
For more information, see Character Representation of Polynomials.
Example: 'z^8 + z^2 + 1'
, [1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1]
,
and [8 2 0]
represent the same polynomial,
p(z) = z
^{8} + z
^{2} + 1.
Data Types: double
 char
Initial states
— Initial shift register states[0 0 0 0 0 1]
(default)  binary row vectorInitial shift register states, specified as a binary row vector of length N, where N is the degree of the generator polynomial.
For the block to generate a nonzero sequence, the Initial states vector must contain at least one nonzero element.
Data Types: double
Output mask source
— Output mask sourceDialog parameter
(default)  Input port
Output mask source that indicates how the output mask information is given to the block, specified as:
Dialog parameter
to use the Output
mask vector (or scalar shift value)
parameter setting.
Input port
to add and use the
Mask
input port.
Output mask vector (or scalar shift value)
— Output mask vector or scalar shift valueOutput mask vector or scalar shift value, specified as an integer scalar or binary row vector of length N, where N is the degree of the generator polynomial. This parameter determines the delay of the PN sequence from the initial time. For more information, see Shifting PN Sequence Starting Point.
To enable this parameter, set Output mask source to
Dialog parameter
.
Data Types: double
Output variablesize signals
— Output variablesize signalsSelect this parameter to permit variable length output sequences during simulation. When set to off
, fixedlength sequences are output. When set to on
, variablelength sequences can be output. For information about variablesize signals, see VariableSize Signal Basics (Simulink).
Maximum output size source
— Maximum output size sourceDialog parameter
(default)  Inherit from reference port
Maximum output size source, which indicates how the maximum sequence output size is specified.
Dialog parameter
configures the block to use the Maximum output size parameter setting as the maximum permitted output sequence length. When you make this selection, the oSiz input port specifies the current size of the output signal and the block output inherits sample time from the input signal. The input value of oSiz must be less than or equal to the Maximum output size parameter.
Inherit from reference port
adds the Ref
input port and configures the block to inherit the sample time, maximum size, and the current output size from the variablesized signal at the Ref
input port to set the maximum permitted output sequence length.
To enable this parameter, select Output variablesize signals.
Maximum output size
— Maximum output size[10 1]
(default)  twoelement row vectorMaximum output size, specified as a twoelement row vector that denotes the maximum
output size for the block. The second element of the vector must be
1
.
Example: [10 1]
gives a 10by1 maximum sized output
signal.
To enable this parameter select Output variablesize signals
and set Maximum output size source to Dialog
parameter
.
Data Types: double
Sample time
— Output sample time1
(default)  1  positive scalarOutput sample time, specified as 1
or a
positive scalar that represents the time between each sample of the output signal. If
Sample time is set to 1
, the sample time is
inherited from downstream. For information on the relationship between Sample
time and Samples per frame, see
Sample Timing.
Example: 1
specifies a sample time of 1 second.
To enable this parameter, clear Output variablesize signals.
Data Types: double
Samples per frame
— Samples per frame1
(default)  positive integerSamples per frame in one channel of the output signal, specified as a positive integer. For information on the relationship between Sample time and Samples per frame, see Sample Timing.
To enable this parameter, clear Output variablesize signals.
Data Types: double
Reset on nonzero input
— Reset on nonzero inputSelect this parameter to add the Rst
input port. For more
information, see Reset Behavior.
Enable bitpacked outputs
— Enable bitpacked outputsSelect this parameter to make the Number of packed bits and Interpret bitpacked values as signed parameters available.
Number of packed bits
— Number of packed bitsNumber of packed bits, specified as an integer in the range [1,32].
To enable this parameter, select Enable bitpacked outputs.
Data Types: double
Interpret bitpacked values as signed
— Interpret bitpacked values as signedInterpret bitpacked values as signed integer data values when selected or unsigned integer data values when cleared. When selected, a 1 in the most significant bit (sign bit) indicates a negative value.
To enable this parameter, select Enable bitpacked outputs.
Output data type
— Output data typedouble
(default)  boolean
 Smallest unsigned integer
Output data type, specified as double
,
boolean
, or Smallest unsigned
integer
.
When Enable bitpacked outputs is cleared, the output
data type can be specified as a double
,
boolean
, or Smallest unsigned integer
.
When the Output data type parameter is set to
Smallest unsigned integer
, the output data type is selected
based on the settings used in the Hardware Implementation
pane of the Configuration Parameters dialog box of the model. If
ASIC/FPGA
is selected in the Hardware
Implementation pane, the output data type ufix(1)
= ideal minimum onebit size. For all other selections, it is an unsigned integer
with the smallest available word length large enough to fit one bit, usually
corresponding to the size of a char (for example,
uint8
).
When Enable bitpacked outputs is selected, the output
data type can be specified as double
or Smallest
unsigned integer
. When the Output data type
parameter is set to Smallest unsigned integer
, the output data
type is selected based on the Interpret bitpacked values as
signed and Number of packed bits parameters, and
the settings used in the Hardware Implementation pane of the
Configuration Parameters dialog box of the model. If ASIC/FPGA
is selected in the Hardware Implementation pane, the output
data type is the ideal minimum nbit size, such as
sfix(n)
or ufix(n)
, based on the
Interpret bitpacked values as signed parameter. For all
other selections, it is a signed or unsigned integer with the smallest available
word length large enough to fit n bits.
Data Types 

Multidimensional Signals 

VariableSize Signals 

A linearfeedback shift register (LFSR), implemented as a simple shift register generator (SSRG), is used to generate PN sequences. This type of shift register is also known as a Fibonacci implementation. For an example, see Model PN Sequence Generation With Linear Feedback Shift Register.
The Generator Polynomial parameter determines the feedback connections of the shift register. It is a primitive binary polynomial in z, g_{r}z^{r}+g_{r–1}z^{r–1}+g_{r–2}z^{r–2}+...+g_{0}. For the coefficient, g_{k=0 to r}, the coefficient g_{k} is 1 if there is a connection from the kth register to the adder. The leading term, g_{r}, and the constant term, g_{0}, of the Generator Polynomial parameter must be 1 because the polynomial must be primitive. The Initial states parameter specifies the initial values of the registers. For example, the following table indicates two sets of parameter values that correspond to a generator polynomial of p(z) = z^{8} + z^{2} + 1.
Quantity  Example 1  Example 2 

Generator polynomial  g1 = [1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1]
 g2 = [8 2 0]

Degree of generator polynomial  8, which is length(g1)1
 8 
Initial states  [1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0]
 [1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0]

At each time step, all r registers in the generator update their values according to the value of the incoming arrow to the shift register. The adders perform addition modulo 2. The output of the LFSR reflects the sum of all connections in the m mask vector.
The Output mask vector (or scalar shift value) parameter, m, determines the shift of the PN sequence starting point. For more information, see Shifting PN Sequence Starting Point.
To shift the starting point of the PN sequence, specify the Output mask vector (or scalar shift value) parameter as:
An integer representing the length of the shift.
The default Output mask vector (or scalar shift value) setting of 0 corresponds to no shift. As illustrated in the LFSR shift register diagram in Simple Shift Register Generator, there is no shift when the only connection is along the arrow labeled m_{0}.
This table shows the shift that occurs when you set Output mask vector (or scalar shift value) to 0 versus a positive integer d.
T = 0  T = 1  T = 2  ...  T = d  T = d+1  

Shift = 0  x_{0}  x_{1}  x_{2}  ...  x_{d}  x_{d+1} 
Shift = d  x_{d}  x_{d+1}  x_{d+2}  ...  x_{2d}  x_{2d+1} 
A binary vector whose length is equal to the degree of the generator polynomial. The
LFSR shift register diagram in Simple Shift Register Generator shows Output
mask vector (or scalar shift value) specified as a mask vector,
m. The binary vector must have N elements, where
N is the degree of the generator polynomial. To calculate the mask
vector, use the shift2mask
function.
The binary vector corresponds to a polynomial in z, m_{r–1}z^{r–1} + m_{r–2}z^{r–2} + ... + m_{1}z + m_{0}, of degree at most r–1. The mask vector that correspond to a shift of d is the vector that represents m(z) = z^{d} modulo g(z), where g(z) is the generator polynomial.
For example, if the degree of the generator polynomial is 4, then the mask vector
that corresponds to d = 2 is [0 1 0 0]
, which
represents the polynomial m(z) =
z^{2}.
To reset the generator sequence, you must first select Reset on nonzero input to add the Rst
input. Suppose that the PN Sequence Generator block outputs [1 0 0 1 1 0 1 1]
when there is no reset. The following table shows the effect on the PN Sequence Generator block output for the property values indicated.
Reset Signal Properties  PN Sequence Generator block  Reset Signal Output Signal  

No reset  Sample time =
Samples per
frame =
Rst =
 Sample time =
Samples per
frame =
Out =


Scalar reset signal  Sample time =
Samples per
frame =
Rst =
 Sample time =
Samples per
frame = 

Vector reset signal  Sample time =
Samples per
frame =
Rst =
 Sample time =
Samples per
frame = 
For the no reset case, the sequence is output without being reset. For the
scalar and vector reset signal cases, the reset signal [0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0]
is input to the Rst
port. The sequence output is reset at the fourth
bit, because the fourth bit of the reset signal is a 1 and the Sample
time is 1.
For variablesized outputs, the block only supports scalar reset signal inputs.
To generate a maximum length sequence for a generator polynomial that has the degree r, set Generator polynomial to a value from the following table. The maximum sequence length is 2^{r} – 1.
r  Generator Polynomial  r  Generator Polynomial  r  Generator Polynomial  r  Generator Polynomial 

2  [2 1 0]
 15  [15 14 0]
 28  [28 25 0]
 41  [41 3 0]

3  [3 2 0]
 16  [16 15 13 4 0]
 29  [29 27 0]
 42  [42 23 22 1 0]

4  [4 3 0]
 17  [17 14 0]
 30  [30 29 28 7 0]
 43  [43 6 4 3 0]

5  [5 3 0]
 18  [18 11 0]
 31  [31 28 0]
 44  [44 6 5 2 0]

6  [6 5 0]
 19  [19 18 17 14 0]
 32  [32 31 30 10 0]
 45  [45 4 3 1 0]

7  [7 6 0]
 20  [20 17 0]
 33  [33 20 0]
 46  [46 21 10 1 0]

8  [8 6 5 4 0]
 21  [21 19 0]
 34  [34 15 14 1 0]
 47  [47 14 0] 
9  [9 5 0]
 22  [22 21 0]
 35  [35 2 0]
 48  [48 28 27 1 0] 
10  [10 7 0]
 23  [23 18 0]
 36  [36 11 0]
 49  [49 9 0] 
11  [11 9 0]
 24  [24 23 22 17 0]
 37  [37 12 10 2 0]  50  [50 4 3 2 0] 
12  [12 11 8 6 0]
 25  [25 22 0]
 38  [38 6 5 1 0]  51  [51 6 3 1 0] 
13  [13 12 10 9 0]
 26  [26 25 24 20 0]
 39  [39 8 0]  52  [52 3 0] 
14  [14 13 8 4 0]
 27  [27 26 25 22 0]
 40  [40 5 4 3 0]
 53  [53 6 2 1 0] 
For more information about the shiftregister configurations that these polynomials represent, see Digital Communications by John Proakis.[1].
The time between output updates is equal to the product of Samples per frame and Sample time. For example, if Sample time and Samples per frame equal one, the block outputs a sample every second. If Samples per frame is increased to 10, then a 10by1 vector is output every 10 seconds. This ensures that the equivalent output rate is not dependent on the Samples per frame parameter.
Behavior changed in R2020a
Starting in R2020a, Simulink^{®} no longer allows you to use the PN Sequence Generator block version available before R2015b.
Existing models automatically update to load the PN Sequence Generator block version announced in Source blocks output frames of contiguous time samples but do not use the frame attribute in the R2015b Release Notes. For more information on block forwarding, see Forwarding Tables (Simulink).
[1] Proakis, John G., Digital Communications. 3rd ed. New York. McGraw Hill, 1995.
[2] Lee, J. S., and L. E. Miller. CDMA Systems Engineering Handbook. Boston and London. Artech House, 1998.
[3] Golomb, S.W. Shift Register Sequences. Laguna Hills. Aegean Park Press, 1967.
HDL Coder™ provides additional configuration options that affect HDL implementation and synthesized logic.
This block has a single, default HDL architecture.
ConstrainedOutputPipeline  Number of registers to place at
the outputs by moving existing delays within your design. Distributed
pipelining does not redistribute these registers. The default is

InputPipeline  Number of input pipeline stages
to insert in the generated code. Distributed pipelining and constrained
output pipelining can move these registers. The default is

OutputPipeline  Number of output pipeline stages
to insert in the generated code. Distributed pipelining and constrained
output pipelining can move these registers. The default is

You can select Input port
as the Output mask
source on the block. In this case, the Mask
input
signal must be a vector of data type ufix1
.
If you select Reset on nonzero input, the input to the
Rst
port must have data type Boolean
.
Outputs of type double
are not supported for HDL code
generation. All other output types (including bitpacked
outputs) are supported.
You cannot generate HDL for this block inside a Resettable Synchronous Subsystem.
You cannot generate HDL for this block inside a Triggered Subsystem if the Use trigger signal as clock option is selected. See Using Triggered Subsystems for HDL Code Generation (HDL Coder).
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