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Teaching Real-time Sonar With The C6711 DSK and MATLAB

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.955.1 - 6.955.12



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George York U.S. Air Force Academy, CO

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Cameron Wright U.S. Air Force Academy, CO Orcid 16x16

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Michael Morrow U.S. Naval Academy, MD

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Thad Welch U.S. Naval Academy, MD

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A sonar system serves as an excellent platform for teaching DSP topics such as beamforming, sampling theory, demodulation, filtering, image processing, and Doppler velocity estimation. While MATLAB simulations are useful for teaching the basic theory, many of these concepts are more easily taught to undergraduates if appropriate real-time demonstrations and laboratory experiences are available. The challenge of transitioning from MATLAB to real-time hardware is often the expense and a steep learning curve for the students. This paper describes a real-time DSP sonar educational platform based around the programming ease of MATLAB and the low-cost Texas Instruments C6711 digital signal processing starter kit. Classroom uses of this platform are discussed; the software is available at

York, G., & Wright, C., & Morrow, M., & Welch, T. (2001, June), Teaching Real-time Sonar With The C6711 DSK and MATLAB Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 10.18260/1-2--9875

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