software radio


Prerequisites: Knowledge of digital communications and digital signal processing would be useful, but we are trying to make the course accessible to anyone with an engineering or computer science background. Also, we are requesting that students provide their own laptop but should not have to install any special software prior to the course.

Load: 1 P.M. - 4 P.M. on Jan. 10, 12, 17, 19 (Four 3-hour sessions over 2 weeks)

Time Outside Class: 1 hour total for brainstorming and a little programming

Special Instructions: Bring your laptop to class.


Software radio technology is having a tremendous impact not only in consumer devices but also in the areas of rapid prototyping and research and development.  MIT Lincoln Laboratory is offering a course to introduce students to software radio fundamentals and applications.  Students will gain hands-on experience with the USRP, RTL-SDR, and HackRF software radio platforms while learning theory and practice of digital signal processing and digital communications.  The course will consist of several projects, such as FM radio receivers, digital video transmission and reception, and spectrum sensing, highlighting the flexibility of software radios. 

* This work is sponsored by the Air Force under Air Force Contract FA8721-05-C-0002.  Opinions, interpretations, conclusions and recommendations are those of the author and are not necessarily endorsed by the United States Government.