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A First Course in Digital Communications


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Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; 2. Deterministic signal characterization and analysis; 3. Probability theory, random variables and random processes; 4. Sampling and quantization; 5. Optimum receiver for binary data transmission; 6. Baseband data transmission; 7. Basic digital passband modulation; 8. M-ary signaling techniques; 9. Signaling over bandlimited channels; 10. Signaling over fading channels; 11. Advanced modulation techniques; 12. Synchronization; Index.

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A concise introduction to the core concepts in digital communication, providing clarity and depth through examples, problems and MATLAB exercises.

About the Author

Ha H. Nguyen is a Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Saskatchewan, Canada, where he has developed and taught undergraduate and graduate courses in signals and systems, digital communications, error control coding, and wireless communications. He currently serves as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications and the IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology. Ed Shwedyk is a Senior Scholar at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Manitoba, Canada. Since joining the Department in 1974, Professor Shwedyk has developed and taught many courses, including signals and systems, digital communications, information theory and coding, at both undergraduate and graduate level. In 1979 he received the Outstanding IEEE Student Counsellor Award for his role in setting up the first IEEE McNaughton Centre. In 2000 he won the University of Manitoba's Dr H. Saunderson Award for Teaching Excellence.


'The use of a step-by-step approach to the design of signal transmission and reception techniques with the aid of examples, illustrations, and problem solving linked to practical systems is very useful.' Falah Ali, Senior Lecturer in Electrical Engineering, University of Sussex, UK 'What makes this book different from the existing books are elaboration of simple concepts and more examples.' Hsuan-Jung Su, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, National Taiwan University 'The examples and problems constitute a very strong point in their text - they help to better understand the concepts.' Monica Bugallo, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Stony Brook University, New York

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