6.450 Principles of Digital Communications I

Fall 2006

Wireless digital communications.
Wireless digital communications. (Image by MIT OpenCourseWare.)

Course Description

The course serves as an introduction to the theory and practice behind many of today's communications systems. 6.450 forms the first of a two-course sequence on digital communication. The second class, 6.451, is offered in the spring.

Topics covered include: digital communications at the block diagram level, data compression, Lempel-Ziv algorithm, scalar and vector quantization, sampling and aliasing, the Nyquist criterion, PAM and QAM modulation, signal constellations, finite-energy waveform spaces, detection, and modeling and system design for wireless communication.

Recommended Citation

For any use or distribution of these materials, please cite as follows:

Robert Gallager and Lizhong Zheng, course materials for 6.450 Principles of Digital Communications I, Fall 2006. MIT OpenCourseWare (http://ocw.mit.edu/), Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Downloaded on [DD Month YYYY].

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Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .mp4, .rm.

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Prof. Robert Gallager
Prof. Lizhong Zheng

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session