6.450 Principles of Digital Communication - I

Fall 2002

Wireless digital communications.
Wireless digital communications. (Image courtesy of MIT OCW.)

Course Highlights

This course features a complete set of lecture notes, along with assignments and other materials used by students in the course.

Course Description

6.450 was offered in Fall 2002 as a relatively new elective on digital communication. 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.
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Prof. Robert Gallager

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session