Prof. Evans would like to thank Texas Instruments for the donations of equipment since 1997 for this course exceeding $280,000. Their donations have provided the key equipment to make the lab course possible. The donations include the following:
Prof. Evans would like to thank National Instruments (Austin, Texas) for their generous donation of a university site license for LabVIEW and many of the LabVIEW toolkits for the last several years. Prof. Evans would like to thank Mr. Christian Martono and Mr. Paul Austin at National Instruments with their quick turnaround time to add support of the Texas Instruments TMS320C6701 EVM boards to the LabVIEW DSP Test Integration Toolkit, which we used until Fall 2011 when we switched to a different board. Prof. Evans would also like to thank Mr. Christian Martono and Mr. Paul Austin for providing assistance to Mr. Charley Randall at UT Austin in installing the LabVIEW DSP Test Integration Toolkit 2.0 on a PC network.
Prof. Evans would like to thank Mr. Jeff Bier, co-founder and CEO of Berkeley Design Technology Inc., for donating more than 1,000 copies of the BDTI Pocket Guide to Processing Engines for Embedded Applications to use in the class. The BDTI Pocket Guide gives a snapshot of the commercially available chipsets and cores on the market. It has been an integral part of the class since at least fall 1999.
Prof. Evans would like to thank Mr. Bill Bard when he was at the UT Austin Office of Telecommunications Services for arranging the donation of a rack of eight commercial modems for the students to use to test their modem implementations on the C30 EVMs.
Prof. Evans would like to thank Dr. Guner Arslan for teaching this course in Spring 2006. This was particularly interesting because Dr. Arslan had been the head teaching assistant for this course in Fall 2000.
Prof. Evans would like to thank Dr. K. Clint Slatton for teaching this course in Fall 2002 while Prof. Evans was on Sabbatical at Cornell University. This was particularly interesting because Dr. Slatton took the real-time DSP lab course from Prof. Evans in Fall 2000. Dr. Slatton's feedback on the course material, from both a student's perspective and from an instructor's perspective, was very useful. Dr. Slatton later became a faculty member at the University of Florida.
Prof. Evans would like to thank Prof. Guanghan Xu for co-teaching this course for the first two times it was offered (Fall 1997 and Spring 1998). His participation was critical in the development of the lectures and homeworks on digital filtering and digital communications.
Prof. Evans would like to acknowledge the efforts of Prof. Elmer Hixson
and Prof. Guanghan Xu who had originally set up the instructional
Digital Signal Processing (DSP) Lab in ENS 252B and had arranged for
the DSP Lab to be a Texas Instruments
Prof. Evans would like to thank the ever helpful staff of our ECE department, especially Mr. Charley Randall, Mr. Marty Ringuette, Ms. Mona Venegas, and Mr. Daryl Goodnight. Charley had the EVM boards and software installed. Marty had ordered the BNC-RCA jacks and made sure that they were available on time. Mona has staffed the check-out counter. Daryl installed the modem rack and connected each modem in the rack to one of the C30 EVM work stations.
Prof. Evans would like to thank Prof. Neal Armstrong's Office in the College of Engineering for awarding the Academic Development Funds to develop the course. These funds supported Mr. Srikanth Gummadi during the Summer of 1997 to set up the equipment and run through the lab exercises.
Finally, Prof. Evans would like to thank the ECE Department for providing teaching assistants to run the laboratories. The teaching assistants for this course were responsible for the laboratory component of the course, and they did an outstanding job:
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