The Death and Possible Rebirth of DSP
IEEE CTN Issue: April 2017
Recently my team was looking for some contract labor to write some really tight DSP (that's Digital Signal Processor which we shall call DSPors going forward) code. Trouble is there are few people left that are able do this kind of work and it got me thinking about how DSP (that's Digital Signal Processing which we shall call DSPing from now on) is evolving and whether the new generation of communication engineers will be up to the challenge. I turned to Will Strauss, the famous tracker of all things DSP and he suggested I talk to a mutual friend, Gene Frantz who, if not quite the father of DSP, certainly did a lot of babysitting and diaper changing in his role at Texas Instruments (remember Speak and Spell? Yup, that was him). Gene became the only Principal Fellow at TI for a while and is now a Professor at Rice University. So well qualified to the challenge. Anyway, this is what we came up with. Comments welcome as always.