Digital Communications

Digital Communications is authored by Prof. Robert Heath of University of Texas, Austin. The course is well suited to post graduate studies in wireless communications and focuses on the real world challenges faced by physically separate transmitters and receivers. Featuring 10 lab classes to fill one semester, the course deep dives into algorithm design for modulation and demodulation; pulse shaping; energy detection; equalization; frame detection; introduction to orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM); frequency correction and sync; and OFDM channel coding. A sample lab is available for free download. The complete manual is included in the NI Digital Communications Teaching Bundle (see Resources tab).
by Dr. Robert Heath | University of Texas, Austin


  • A complete laboratory course that teaches the principles of wireless digital communication
  • Students will send and receive actual dcommunication waveforms


Level University
Topic Communications
Style Laboratory
Prerequisite Skills Background in digital communication is helpful, but not required


Lab 1: Part 1; Introduction to NI LabVIEW
Lab 1: Part 2; Introduction to NI RF Hardware
Lab 2: Part 1; Modulation and Detection
Lab 2: Part 2; Pulse Shaping and Matched Filtering
Lab 3: Synchronization
Lab 4: Channel Estimation & Equalization
Lab 5: Frame Detection & Frequency Offset Correction
Lab 6: OFDM Modulation & Frequency Domain Equalization
Lab 7: Synchronization in OFDM Systems
Lab 8: Channel Coding in OFDM Systems

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