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  • NEW - Expanded coverage of error-correction coding—Particularly in the areas of Reed-Solomon codes, turbo codes, and trellis-coded modulation.
  • NEW - Chapter on fading channels—And how to mitigate their degrading effects. Methodically organizes the nomenclature of fading channels, the fading phenomena, and their effects, making them easier to grasp.
    • Prepares students for disciplines such as mobile communications, which require a basic understanding of how such channels suffer the effects of fading, and how to withstand these degrading effects.

  • NEW - Expanded explanations and descriptions of essential digital communication concepts.
  • NEW - Expanded chapter-end problem sets—Adds question sets (and where to find the answers), as well as CD exercises.
  • NEW - Accompanying CD—Contains the educational version of SystemView software by ELANIX®; over 200 additional communications problems (in addition to the ones at the end of each chapter) which can be solved by using the software; and an extensive tutorial on digital signal processing.
    • Allows students to explore the textbook concepts by viewing waveforms, and changing system parameters in the software to see the effects on the overall system.

  • Sophisticated concepts presented in an easy-to-understand, intuitive way—Uses simple numerical examples, including detailed step-by-step “how-to” instructions.
    • Helps students readily grasp the newest technology, such as turbo codes, trellis-coded modulation, fading channels, Reed- Solomon codes, PGP encryption.

  • Techniques developed in the context of a unified structure—The structure, in block diagram form, appears at the beginning of each chapter; blocks in the diagram are emphasized, when appropriate, to correspond to the subject of that chapter.
  • Signal transformations—Organized according to nine functional classes: Formatting and source coding; Baseband signaling; Bandpass signaling; Equalization; Channel coding; Multiplexing and multiple access; Spreading; Encryption; and Synchronization.
  • An emphasis on system goals and trade-offs—e.g., between basic system parameters, such as signal-to-noise ratio, probability of error, and bandwidth (spectral) expenditure.
  • Turbo codes—Features unique, thorough coverage of turbo code concepts and “how-to” examples.
    • Gives students insight into the state-of-the-art technique that allows “squeezing out the last drop” of performance improvement that is theoretically possible by using advanced error- correction techniques.

  • Trellis-coded modulation and Reed-Solomon error-correction codes—Goes beyond simple mathematical description to explain all of the sophisticated math—with analogies of what that math is accomplishing.
    • Exposes students to subtle, but important ideas—how they work and how they can be used as a vehicle for achieving different system goals.

  • Pretty Good Privacy (PGP)—Explains the key features of how PGP works and how it has evolved.
    • Familiarizes students to the security program that has become the “de facto” standard for e-mail and file encryption.

  • An abundance of illustrations (500) and problems and exercises (300).


  • Copyright 2012
  • Dimensions: 7" x 9-1/4"
  • Pages: 1104
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-472405-4
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-472405-8

  • The clear, easy-to-understand introduction to digital communications
  • Completely updated coverage of today's most critical technologies
  • Step-by-step implementation coverage
  • Trellis-coded modulation, fading channels, Reed-Solomon codes, encryption, and more
  • Exclusive coverage of maximizing performance with advanced "turbo codes"
"This is a remarkably comprehensive treatment of the field, covering in considerable detail modulation, coding (both source and channel), encryption, multiple access and spread spectrum. It can serve both as an excellent introduction for the graduate student with some background in probability theory or as a valuable reference for the practicing ommunication system engineer. For both communities, the treatment is clear and well presented."

– Andrew Viterbi, The Viterbi Group

Master every key digital communications technology, concept, and technique.

Digital Communications, Second Edition is a thoroughly revised and updated edition of the field's classic, best-selling introduction. With remarkable clarity, Dr. Bernard Sklar introduces every digital communication technology at the heart of today's wireless and Internet revolutions, providing a unified structure and context for understanding them -- all without sacrificing mathematical precision.

Sklar begins by introducing the fundamentals of signals, spectra, formatting, and baseband transmission. Next, he presents practical coverage of virtually every contemporary modulation, coding, and signal processing technique, with numeric examples and step-by-step implementation guidance. Coverage includes:

  • Signals and processing steps: from information source through transmitter, channel, receiver, and information sink
  • Key tradeoffs: signal-to-noise ratios, probability of error, and bandwidth expenditure
  • Trellis-coded modulation and Reed-Solomon codes: what's behind the math
  • Synchronization and spread spectrum solutions
  • Fading channels: causes, effects, and techniques for withstanding fading
  • The first complete how-to guide to turbo codes: squeezing maximum performance out of digital connections
  • Implementing encryption with PGP, the de facto industry standard

Whether you're building wireless systems, xDSL, fiber or coax-based services, satellite networks, or Internet infrastructure, Sklar presents the theory and the practical implementation details you need. With nearly 500 illustrations and 300 problems and exercises, there's never been a faster way to master advanced digital communications.


The CD-ROM contains a complete educational version of Elanix' SystemView DSP design software, as well as detailed notes for getting started, a comprehensive DSP tutorial, and over 50 additional communications exercises.

Sample Content

Table of Contents

(NOTE: Each chapter concludes with a Conclusion, References, Problems, Questions, and CD Exercises.)

1. Signals and Spectra.

Digital Communication Signal Processing. Classification of Signals. Spectral Density. Autocorrelation. Random Signals. Signal Transmission through Linear Systems. Bandwidth of Digital Data.

2. Formatting and Baseband Modulation.

Baseband Systems. Formatting Textual Data (Character Coding). Messages, Characters, and Symbols. Formatting Analog Information. Sources of Corruption. Pulse Code Modulation. Uniform and Nonuniform Quantization. Baseband Modulation. Correlative Coding.

3. Baseband Demodulation/Detection.

Signals and Noise. Detection of Binary Signals in Gaussian Noise. Intersymbol Interference. Equalization.

4. Bandpass Modulation and Demodulation/Detection.

Why Modulate? Digital Bandpass Modulation Techniques. Detection of Signals in Gaussian Noise. Coherent Detection. Noncoherent Detection. Complex Envelope. Error Performance for Binary Systems. M-ary Signaling and Performance. Symbol Error Performance for M-ary Systems (M>>2).

5. Communications Link Analysis.

What the System Link Budget Tells the System Engineer. The Channel. Received Signal Power and Noise Power. Link Budget Analysis. Noise Figure, Noise Temperature, and System Temperature. Sample Link Analysis. Satellite Repeaters. System Trade-Offs.

6. Channel Coding: Part 1.

Waveform Coding. Types of Error Control. Structured Sequences. Linear Block Codes. Error-Detecting and Correcting Capability. Usefulness of the Standard Array. Cyclic Codes. Well-Known Block Codes.

7. Channel Coding: Part 2.

Convolutional Encoding. Convolutional Encoder Representation. Formulation of the Convolutional Decoding Problem. Properties of Convolutional Codes. Other Convolutional Decoding Algorithms.

8. Channel Coding: Part 3.

Reed-Solomon Codes. Interleaving and Concatenated Codes. Coding and Interleaving Applied to the Compact Disc Digital Audio System. Turbo Codes.

Appendix 8A. The Sum of Log-Likelihood Ratios.
9. Modulation and Coding Trade-Offs.

Goals of the Communications System Designer. Error Probability Plane. Nyquist Minimum Bandwidth. Shannon-Hartley Capacity Theorem. Bandwidth Efficiency Plane. Modulation and Coding Trade-Offs. Defining, Designing, and Evaluating Systems. Bandwidth-Efficient Modulations. Modulation and Coding for Bandlimited Channels. Trellis-Coded Modulation.

10. Synchronization.

Introduction. Receiver Synchronization. Network Synchronization.

11. Multiplexing and Multiple Access.

Allocation of the Communications Resource. Multiple Access Communications System and Architecture. Access Algorithms. Multiple Access Techniques Employed with INTELSAT. Multiple Access Techniques for Local Area Networks.

12. Spread-Spectrum Techniques.

Spread-Spectrum Overview. Pseudonoise Sequences. Direct-Sequence Spread-Spectrum Systems. Frequency Hopping Systems. Synchronization. Jamming Considerations. Commercial Applications. Cellular Systems.

13. Source Coding.

Sources. Amplitude Quantizing. Differential Pulse-Code Modulation. Adaptive Prediction. Block Coding. Transform Coding. Source Coding for Digital Data. Examples of Source Coding.

14. Encryption and Decryption.

Models, Goals, and Early Cipher Systems. The Secrecy of a Cipher System. Practical Security. Stream Encryption. Public Key Cryptosystems. Pretty Good Privacy.

15. Fading Channels.

The Challenge of Communicating over Fading Channels. Characterizing Mobile-Radio Propagation. Signal Time-Spreading. Time Variance of the Channel Caused by Motion. Mitigating the Degradation Effects of Fading. Summary of the Key Parameters Characterizing Fading Channels. Applications: Mitigating the Effects of Frequency-Selective Fading.

A. A Review of Fourier Techniques.

Signals, Spectra, and Linear Systems. Fourier Techniques for Linear System Analysis. Fourier Transform Properties. Useful Functions. Convolution. Tables of Fourier Transforms and Operations.

B. Fundamentals of Statistical Decision Theory.

Bayes' Theorem. Decision Theory. Signal Detection Example.

C. Response of a Correlator To White Noise.D. Often-Used Identities.E. s-Domain, z-Domain and Digital Filtering.F. List of Symbols.G. SystemView by ELANIX Guide to the CD.


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