University of Leicester eBulletin

American Firm Invests in Leicester for Digital Era

July 2002
No 164

Dr Fernando Schlindwein and Mr Peter Clarke DIGITAL DELIGHT:
Dr Fernando Schlindwein and Mr Peter Clarke from the University's Department of Engineering with the digital signal processor kits recently donated by Texas Instruments to the Department to support research and new MSc degrees [pic: Paul Smith]


A US technology company giant has invested a total of £26,700 (US$38,710) into the University of Leicester’s Department of Engineering in order to help create a state-of-the art laboratory engaged in hi-tech research.
 
Texas Instruments is supporting postgraduate teaching in the University in order to equip students with the skills and know-how needed in some of the most advanced areas of scientific knowledge. 

The Department, housed in the striking Stirling building, has many close links with business and industry and is engaged in several research projects with firms, including blue-chip companies. 
 
Now the American company is supporting a new Master’s programme as well as specific research projects in the area of real-time digital signal processing (DSP). The applications of DSP are in real-time monitoring of babies, arterial blood flow measurements and communications.
 
Dr Fernando Schlindwein, Senior Lecturer of Biomedical Engineering at the University, said: “I am very pleased that, thanks to this funding, we now have excellent facilities with the three most used DSP platforms used in industry for hands-on activities with our students at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. 

“It is delightful to see that industry sees our Department worthy of this support.” 

The new 25 DSP (digital signal processor) kits are based on the highest performance DSP processor on the market, capable of performing up to 1100 million operations per second. This floating-point processor is capable of dealing with signals of wired or wireless broadband networks and it is an excellent tool for manipulation of digitised images, as well as professional radio. 

Dr Schlindwein said: “This set of 25 kits based on the new floating-point processor will complement the existing base of DSPs that we use for teaching and research of DSP in the Engineering Department, which, up to now was based on the ‘old’ ‘C50 devices (50 million operations per second), still capable of comfortably dealing with audio range signals in real-time, and the ‘C5402, a fixed-point processor which is the base of most of the current mobile phones due to its combined excellent performance for audio range signals and power efficiency. 

“The new DSPs will be the backbone of our new MSc laboratory for real-time Signal Processing allowing us to exploit image processing as well as audio signal processing and will also be invaluable resource for our Communications MSc course. These new MSc courses are a huge success.” 
 
NOTE TO NEWSDESK: For more information, please ring: Fernando Soares Schlindwein Senior Lecturer of Biomedical Engineering Department of Engineering, University of Leicester, Telephone: +44 (0) 116 252 5053, email: f.s.schlindwein@leicester.ac.uk or visit http://www.le.ac.uk/eg/fss1

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