6.973 Communication System Design

Spring 2006

Abandoned cold war communications relay station at Stenigot, Lincolnshire.
Abandoned cold war communications relay station at Stenigot, Lincolnshire. This site was part of the ACE HIGH communications system during the cold war and formed part of the NATO communications backbone. (Image courtesy of John Brownlow.)

Course Highlights

This course features an extensive set of lecture notes and list of readings. Assignments are also available.

Course Description

This course presents a top-down approach to communications system design. The course will cover communication theory, algorithms and implementation architectures for essential blocks in modern physical-layer communication systems (coders and decoders, filters, multi-tone modulation, synchronization sub-systems). The course is hands-on, with a project component serving as a vehicle for study of different communication techniques, architectures and implementations. This year, the project is focused on WLAN transceivers. At the end of the course, students will have gone through the complete WLAN System-On-a-Chip design process, from communication theory, through algorithm and architecture all the way to the synthesized standard-cell RTL chip representation.

Recommended Citation

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

Vladimir Stojanovic, course materials for 6.973 Communication System Design, Spring 2006. MIT OpenCourseWare (http://ocw.mit.edu/), Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Downloaded on [DD Month YYYY].

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .m.

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Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session

One session / week
1.5 hours / session