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Dsp Does It

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1998 Annual Conference


Seattle, Washington

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June 28, 1998

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June 28, 1998

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July 1, 1998



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3.225.1 - 3.225.8



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Mahmood Nahvi

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Session 1526 PS/18

DSP Does It

Mahmood Nahvi, Professor Electrical Engineering Department California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, California


1. Summary 2. Introduction 3. Objectives of the Course and Laboratory 4. Students' Background 5. Laboratory Facilities 6. Experiments 7. Programming DSP Boards and Chips 8. Discussion and Conclusion 9. References

1. Summary

Undergraduate engineering students are generally more enthusiastic about subjects which provide them with opportunities to “create and do” rather than those which tell them “how things are done.” Courses belonging to the latter category often do not capture students’ interest. Digital signal processing, however, does precisely that. It can be developed within a real-life engineering context with real-time applications and design projects, thus leading students to establish a direct experience with the subject rather than taking the instructor's word for it.

The DSP lab at Cal Poly is developed with the above objective in mind. It supports experiments within the real-life context, using discrete mathematics as a tool and not the goal. It emphasizes interfacing with the real-time world of analog signals and systems. In addition to a group of Pentium workstations equipped with computational and simulation software packages which are used for explorations, simulations, and design, it has six PC-based DSP workstations equipped with Texas Instruments' TMS320 C30 EVM boards for real-time operations. A network of six Vectra-Xu machines, donations from Hewlett-Packard, also serve experiments and developments in off-line signal and image processing. For real-time image processing, we are setting up two NT machines with video capture and editing capability. In addition to laboratory experiments, the facilities support the undergraduate digital signal processing and image processing lecture courses which typically consist of 30-36 students in each class. The lab also provides an environment for other educational projects in DSP such as senior projects and master theses. This class of projects is heavily application-oriented and is called “learning by doing.” The paper

Nahvi, M. (1998, June), Dsp Does It Paper presented at 1998 Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/1-2--7060

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