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Digital Communication 3rd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0792375487
ISBN-10: 0792375483
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This book is for designers and would-be designers of digital communication systems. The general approach of this book is to extract the common principles underlying a range of media and applications and present them in a unified framework. Digital Communication is relevant to the design of a variety of systems, including voice and video digital cellular telephone, digital CATV distribution, wireless LANs, digital subscriber loop, metallic Ethernet, voiceband data modems, and satellite communication systems.

New in this Third Edition:

New material on recent advances in wireless communications, error-control coding, and multi-user communications has been added. As a result, two new chapters have been added, one on the theory of MIMO channels, and the other on diversity techniques for mitigating fading.

Error-control coding has been rewritten to reflect the current state of the art.

Chapters 6 through 9 from the Second Edition have been reorganized and streamlined to highlight pulse-amplitude modulation, becoming the new Chapters 5 through 7.

Readability is increased by relegating many of the more detailed derivations to appendices and exercise solutions, both of which are included in the book.

Exercises, problems, and solutions have been revised and expanded.

Three chapters from the previous edition have been moved to the book’s Web site to make room for new material.

This book is ideal as a first-year graduate textbook, and is essential to many industry professionals. The book is attractive to both audiences through the inclusion of many practical examples and a practical flavor in the choice of topics.

Digital Communication has a Web site at : http://www.ece.gatech.edu/~barry/digital/, where the reader may find additional information from the Second Edition, other supplementary materials, useful links, a problem solutions manual, and errata.

 

 

About the Author

David Messerschmitt is Roger A. Strauch Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 838 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 3rd edition (September 30, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0792375483
  • ISBN-13: 978-0792375487
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,541,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Library Binding
This is a great book and should be widely available as a reference/textbook. Unfortunately, it is difficult to get a copy of the book and the book is ridiculously priced for a student (and therefore is unlikely to be purchased by a library). It's a shame that such a great piece of work isn't more easily purchased online or directly from the publisher. I've tried to buy a second copy of the book after finding the first in a book store and am still waiting for it to arrive after ordering the book two months ago.
I would ask the authors to demand, from the publisher, that this outstanding book be made more accessible.
As for the content of the book, the selection of topics and coverage are no less than outstanding. The authors will discuss a topic and then provide an example to illustrate how the topic is applied. Most, if not all, of the fundamental topics in digital communications are covered. Well documented references are provided if the reader desires more information than what's given in the book.
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This textbook is very strong on Pulse Amplitude Modulation (PAM) (Chapter 5) basic MLSD/Viterbi detection (Ch 7) Equalization (8 & 9) as well as continuous and and discrete-time PLLs (ch 14), and carrier and timing recovery (15 & 16). I feel the material about Error Control (12) is introductory and I haven't read the chapters on MIMO, and fading.

The text is very readable and the derivations are not too bad, meaning even though many are left as 'exercizes for the reader', there are answers in the back which if you miss a step you can kind of work backward and figure it out (note: not the problems at the back of the chapter just the in chapter exercizes)

I recommend this book unless you already have the 1st or 2nd edition already.
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Format: Library Binding
Used at many universities such as Georgia Tech, and as reference as in Valencia Polytechnic University, this is a must read book for every engineer in the world of communications...later it will serve you as a great reference, a good volume for your library. Wish there were more book like this one!! Adeu!
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Format: Hardcover
The very nice thing about this book is that it breathes fresh air into advanced communication textbooks that somehow got stuck on standard classical topics.. Texts such as those by Proakis still have the fundamentals, but there you won't really get a taste of relatively newer and extremely important topics such as 1. Sphere Decoding and modern ML detection (in which the author is a real expert in) 2. Multicarrier Transmission (e.g. OFDM) and 3. MIMO channels..

The second point I'd like to make is that Barry is a fairly intuitive professor.. I've noticed this before purchasing his book while attending his tutorial on MIMO detection in IEEE Globecom 2009, and his book proves this as well. For instance, his treatment of "Just Enough" Information Theory is well motivated and logically explained. Another example is his confinement of detection to minimum euclidean distance criteria, which -as he himself justifies- is intuitive while still capturing the logic behind most practical algorithms (Van Trees' Detection and Estimation is far more general and much more difficult to explain while the current practice is hardly justifiable in my opinion for first year grad students)

The only thing I have against this book (aside from the +20$ overprice!) is that the focus is not always distributed according to the importance of a topic.. Sometimes he spends too much time repeating or stressing straightforward issues while leaving three lines for a detailed and difficult concept.. But that's just my personal biased opinion of course!

Whether you're an undergraduate or a graduate, I think this book is worth combining to your collection.. I'm more inclined to consider it for first year graduate students however..
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Format: Hardcover
This text is excellent! I have a positive bias towards most of the works of Messerschmitt, Lee, Parks et al; and this book is no exception. The added MIMO channel detail in this edition makes it a well-rounded reference.
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Format: Hardcover
Even if very complete, very few explaination. Ridiculously expensive. Not a good buy.
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