ARM-based Digital Signal Processing Webinar

The ARM University Program enables educational use of ARM technology, benefiting university courses, labs, student projects and research by supporting academics and educators with the leading-edge ARM Education Kit - a donation comprising courseware, lecture slides (with notes), exercises (with solutions), lab experiments (with solutions), together with ARM-based hardware and ARM Keil MDK-Professional software development tools.

The ARM Digital Signal Processing Education Kit

The explosion of digital data in today’s world means it is crucial for students to understand and practice how to manage and process digital signals that come in from a wide variety of sources. With the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT), signal processing forms a major link in the smart connected world that we envisage. It is therefore essential for aspiring engineers to have a stronghold in signal processing to contribute to the larger IoT ecosystem. The ARM University Program is addressing this need with the creation of our Digital Signal Processing (DSP) Education Kit.

Webinar – Hands-On DSP Teaching Using ARM Cortex-M4 Microcontrollers

With a brief introduction to the concepts of Digital Signal Processing, Donald Reay of Heriot-Watt University emphasizes the need for a hands-on approach, helping bridge theory, developing a core understanding of electrical engineering and the fundamental uses of microprocessors, ultimately inspiring students to think about the use of microprocessor development systems, real time programming and various I/O methods, reinforcing the understanding of traditional DSP teaching.

The Digital Signal Processor

The ARM Cortex-M4 processor is a high performance, embedded microprocessor with DSP capabilities, helping address digital signal control needs requiring an efficient, easy-to-use blend of control and signal processing capabilities. The microprocessor is highly configurable enabling a wide range of implementations from those requiring floating point operations, memory protection and powerful trace technology to cost-sensitive devices requiring minimal footprint.

The ARM Cortex-M4 powered Cypress Spansion FM4 DSP development board


Making use of test equipment and facilities that are ubiquitous in electrical engineering departments across universities, this webinar covers the fundamental concepts of signal processing such as sampling and restructuring, representation of signals in time and frequency domains, digital filters – FIR and IIR filters, Fourier analysis of discrete time signals using Fast Fourier Transforms and adaptive filters with a laboratory demonstration for each of these concepts.

Over 200 labs have now been equipped with ARM Cortex-M4 based DSP Education Kits, helping students to unleash their potential and realize their desire and overarching ambition to create a better tomorrow.

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About the Speaker

Professor Donald Reay is a Lecturer at the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh UK. Donald holds a BSc (Hons) in Electronic Engineering from the University of Sussex, an MSc in Systems Engineering from The City University, and a PhD from Cambridge University. Before joining Heriot-Watt University in 1991, Donald worked at EMI Electronics and British Telecom Research Laboratories. He has published widely on the subject of control of electrical machines using neural networks and is the author of two textbooks on hands-on DSP teaching. Donald has presented workshops on hands-on DSP teaching for several years at international conferences (ICASSP 2012, FIE 2014), institutions in India (JNTU, IIT Hyderabad, IIIT Bangalore), and as a guest lecturer at Zhejiang University in China.

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