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Learning DSP Illustrated

Digital signal processing, foundations of communications engineering and physical layer communication techniques.

Illustrative explanation instead of boring math

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Refer to an introduction for a site overview and how to setup the coding environment.

The Prime Music, Staircase and Riemann Hypothesis

Numerical calculations and sound samples about prime numbers and Riemann's prime-generating function.

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Schmidl&Cox Synchronization for OFDM

Description of the most popular OFDM synchronization algorithm.

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Using your soundcard for hands-on digital communication

Introduction to use your soundcard as a software-defined radio

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Intuitive Explanation of OFDM

Explaining OFDM from the continuous-time standpoint, without FFT/IFFT.

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Linearity, Causality and Time-Invariance of a System

How can you recognize a linear, a causal and a time-invariant system?

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The complex Fourier Series and its relation to the Fourier Transform

The three different representations of the Fourier Series and how they lead to the Fourier Transform.

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The Sound of Harmonics - Approximating instrument sounds with Fourier Series

Listen to the sound of a saxophone and describe it mathematically.

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Fourier Series and Harmonic Approximation

Fundamental Fourier: Expansion of periodic functions into sums of sines and cosines.

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The Convolution Theorem and Application Examples

Illustrations on the Convolution Theorem and how it can be practically applied.

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Multipath Propagation and its Effect on Audio

Explanation on the causes of multipath propagation and illustrating their effects on audio samples.

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The Cyclic Prefix (CP) in OFDM

Explanation on why the cyclic prefix (CP) is used in an OFDM system.

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How does Quantization Noise Sound?

We illustrate the effect of quantization noise in terms of audio samples.

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Circular Convolution Example

Pictorial description of the operation of circular convolution.

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Quantization and Quantization noise

What does a quantizer do, what is quantization noise and how do we calculate it?

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Baseband up- and downconversion and IQ modulation

Complete walkthrough of a digital transmission chain including AD/DA conversion and up/downconversion

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Convolution Examples and the Convolution Integral

This article explains the convolution operation with the help of animated graphs.

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Aliasing and Anti-Aliasing Filter

Explanation of Aliasing, how it sounds and what the anti-Aliasing filter does.

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Group delay and phase delay example

Explanation of the terms group delay and phase delay with an example of a bandpass RLC filter.

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Decibel conversion: Factor 10 or Factor 20?

Explanation why dB conversion sometimes uses factor 10 and sometimes factor 20.

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Python OFDM Example

Illustration of a basic OFDM example including channel estimation for OFDM.

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Eye diagram examples

How to create an eye diagram and check for the first and second Nyquist criterion.

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Spectral Leakage, Zero-Padding and Frequency Resolution

We derive and illustrate the special properties of the DFT due to its discrete nature including an audio example.

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The Dirac Comb and its Fourier Transform

Time and frequency properties of the Dirac Comb

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Approximating the Fourier Transform with DFT

Understand, how the continuous-time Fourier Transform and discrete Fourier Transform are related

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Properties of the Fourier Transform

Linearity, Time-shift and Modulation property of the Fourier Transform

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The first Nyquist criterion

Understanding the first Nyquist criterion and its implications.

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Welcome to DSPIllustrations.com!

Motivation for this resource and setting up the coding environment

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