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This module provides an overview of ECE 320, including instructor contact information, required materials, calendar of assignments, grading policies, and lab access.


The intent of this course is to familiarize students with the fundamentals of operating and analyzing real-time digitalsignal processing (DSP) systems including the theory required, the hardware used to sample and process the signals, and thesoftware environment used to control the system. The theory is primarily those DSP concepts covered in ECE 310 includingsampling, convolution, filtering, filter-design, modulation, and multirate processing (interpolation and decimation). TheDSP hardware consists of an analog-to-digital (A/D) and digital-to-analog (D/A) converters and a TI TMS320C549 DSP toperform the processing.




  • Lecture: 165 Everitt Lab; Mon 2:00-3:00
  • Lab: 251 Everitt Lab; Mon, Fri 3:00-5:00 and Tue, Wed, Thurs 2:00-4:00; phone 244-1360

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Texas Instruments TMS320C54x DSP Reference Set, Volume 1: CPU and Peripherals , Volume 2: Mnemonic Instruction Set , and Volume 4: Applications Guide are essential references. These documents are available in PDF format on the course web page in the "handouts" section and are alsoavailable in hardcopy in the lab. It is not necessary to purchase any texts for this course, and we ask that you do not print the manuals on the lab printer.

Office hours

Office hours will begin on Thursday, September 4. The TA's office hours schedule is as follows:

Day of the Week TA Time
Monday Frutiger 6-7 PM
Tuesday Morrison 8-9 PM
Wednesday Butala 4-5 PM
Thursday Frutiger 6-7 PM
Friday Zhang 2-3 PM

All office hours, with the exception of Frutiger's Thursday office hour, will be held in the ECE 320 lab (251 EL).

Frutiger's Thursday office hour will address questions of a theoretical nature only and will be held at the Green Street Coffee House.


The first half of the course consists of semi-self-paced labs in which you will learn the TI TMS320C549 DSP's architecture,assembly language, and compilers. For the second half of the semester, you will conceive and complete a real-timeDSP-related project. Note in the schedule below that a "lab week" starts on a Tuesday and ends on the following Monday.

Dates Lecture Lab Requirements
Aug. 27 - Sep. 3 Introduction Lab 0: Lab Orientation
Sep. 4 - 10 TI Assembly Language Lab 1: FIR Filtering Prelab 1
Sep. 11 - 17 FIR / IIR Filters Lab 2: IIR Filtering Lab 1 quiz, Prelab 2
Sep. 18 - 24 Compilers Lab 3: Multirate Filtering Lab 2 quiz, Prelab 3
Sep. 25 - Oct. 1 FFTs Lab 4: Spectrum Analyzer Lab 3 quiz, Prelab 4
Oct. 2 - 8 Digital Communications Lab 5: Digital Communications Lab 4 quiz
Oct. 9 - 15 Special Topics continue Lab 5 Prelab 5, Project abstract
Oct. 16 - 22 Special Topics Project Lab 1 Lab 5 quiz, Project proposal
Oct. 23 - 29 Special Topics Project Lab 2 Project quiz 1
Oct. 30 - Nov. 5 Special Topics Project Topic Feedback Project quiz 2
Nov. 6 - 12 Special Topics Design Review Presentations Design review slides
Nov. 13 - 19 Special Topics Project Pass design review
Nov. 20 - Dec. 3 Special Topics Project
Dec. 4 - 10 Special Topics Project
Dec. 11-12 Project demonstrations
Dec. 14 Project reports

Questions & Answers

what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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