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Re: [Discuss-gnuradio] Suggested reading order

From: Tom Rondeau
Subject: Re: [Discuss-gnuradio] Suggested reading order
Date: Sun, 15 Aug 2010 23:13:38 -0400

On Sun, Aug 15, 2010 at 8:46 PM, Kunal Kandekar <address@hidden> wrote:
> Hi,
> I'll give it a shot. I studied DSP etc. in college, but have worked
> mostly in pure software development, so I may be able to guess what
> you need to focus on. This may be contentious advice, and I'll defer
> to anyone with differing views.
> The following may be a good reading order for you:
> 1. DSP - starting with the basics of signals & systems, sampling etc.
> "Understanding Digital Signal Processing" by Richard Lyons is a really
> good reference, but you can try starting off with the free online book
> at http://www.dspguide.com/, and see if that is enough for your needs.
> It's been a while since I've read through either reference, but I
> remember they were both good, although the Lyons book is a classic.
> 2. Digital Communications: DSP as applied to communications...
> modulation, demodulation, coding etc. Personally, I found the MIT
> course ("Principles of Digital Communications I" on OCW) way too
> theoretical, so you can skip that. Any of the books may be a really
> good reference, but I've only read Proakis. The
> http://www.complextoreal.com/tutorial.htm website may be useful too.
> 3.Software Radio in General - once you understand the previous two
> sections, you'll see that most signal processing can be implemented as
> algorithms on a stream of numbers. The details of Software Radio may
> then be intuitive to you as a programmer. So it may be enough to skim
> through some of the briefer references in this section, and focus on
> the GNU Radio docs / articles.
> If you don't need to mess with the FPGA or the hardware, you can
> safely skip the Electronics  and Verilog sections. If you don't need
> to deal with techniques requiring advanced RF topics or antenna design
> (e.g. MIMO etc.), you can safely skip the Radio and RF design section,
> although a skim of Wikipedia on the topic can't hurt.
> I think http://www.complextoreal.com/tutorial.htm may be a decent
> starting point for both, DSP basics, and digital communications. I
> haven't gone through all the tutorials there yet, but I thought the
> "Fourier Analysis Made Easy" tutorials were easy to read. Keep in
> mind, I already had studied DSP previously, so it may not be as easy
> for a complete beginner.
> Hope this helps.
> Kunal


This is really good. Would you be up for putting this on the Wiki page
for future reference?


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