Skip to main content

Unit information: Digital Signal Processing Systems in 2021/22

Unit name Digital Signal Processing Systems
Unit code EENGM4100
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Professor. Dahnoun
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

This unit will familiarise the student with the range of tools and technologies available for the implementation of DSP algorithms for digital communication systems. The criteria which determine a choice of implementation technology will be examined. The student will be exposed to state-of-the-art Digital Signal Processors.

  • ASIC/VLSI technology: full and semi-custom approaches, field programmable structures, DSP functions in silicon: multiplier-accumulators, FIR filters, correlators, growth of IP trading and design re-use.
  • DSP microprocessors: need for DSP processors, DSP market, parameters for choosing a DSP device, introduction to DSP processors (architectures, performance and limitations) and architecture of the TMS320C320C6000 DSPs (CPU, program/data memory, buses, peripherals, timers, serial ports, DMA and external memory interface)
  • Development tools: compiler, assembler and linear assembler, linker, code composer studio, real-time operating systems (SYS/BIOS)
  • Arithmetic for DSP: fixed and floating point; Finite word length effects: conversion, coefficient and signal quantisation.
  • Design and modelling tools and DSP platforms: Matlab, code composer studio, TMS320C6000 and the TMS320C5000 platforms.
  • Design study: real-time applications with the TMS320 series.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Having completed this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Develop DSP programs
  2. Implement real-time DSP algorithms for mainly communications applications,
  3. Describe DSP device architectures and interface to DSP microprocessors.
  4. Evaluate general purpose processors compare them with Digital Signal processors.

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, including lectures, practical activities supported by drop-in sessions, problem sheets and self-directed exercises.

Assessment Information

ILOs will be assessed via coursework


If this unit has a Resource List, you will normally find a link to it in the Blackboard area for the unit. Sometimes there will be a separate link for each weekly topic.

If you are unable to access a list through Blackboard, you can also find it via the Resource Lists homepage. Search for the list by the unit name or code (e.g. EENGM4100).

How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.