Chapter 1

Introduction

1.1    About This Book

It is undoubtedly correct to say that digital communications, as a branch of engineering, is currently at an advanced stage. The market competition among similar products manufactured by different companies is fierce, and attaining even a small performance advantage for a particular product may drastically change a company’s financial standing. What becomes especially important in these circumstances is the fine-tuning of parameters of modern digital communications systems, yielding optimized system performance.

This book is about the performance optimization of digital communications systems. I started working on this topic at the end of 1999 when I joined the Technology Development Center ...

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