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The Essential Guide to Digital Signal Processing by D. Lee Fugal, Richard G. Lyons

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1. What Is Digital Signal Processing?

The Phantom Technology

The technology of digital signal processing (DSP) has affected our modern lives in the most significant ways. If you watch television, connect to the Internet, use a digital camera, make a cell phone call, drive a car, type on the keyboard of a home computer, or use a charge or debit card, you are taking advantage of DSP. In fact, DSP is the technical brains in all those devices. Although we take advantage of DSP dozens of times a day, very few people have ever heard of digital signal processing and this strange situation is why DSP has been called a phantom technology. To show how much we depend on this invisible DSP technology, Table 1.1 provides a short list of what life would be ...

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