The rapid advancement in digital technology in recent years has allowed the implementation of incredibly sophisticated digital signal processing (DSP) algorithms that make real-time tasks feasible. Real-time DSP is currently a very hot subject in today's engineering fields fuelled by the ever-increasing demand for high-performance digital signal processors. The TMS320C55x is the latest of Texas Instrument's line of highly successful DSP chips, which is anticipated to dominate the market in 2001. Placing emphasis on the practical aspects of real time DSP concepts and applications by taking a systems design, implementation and simulation approach, this text bridges the gap in the existing DSP literature which covers theory, MATLAB and C and Lab manuals. A hands-on, tutorial approach enables the understanding of real-time DSP systems principles and real-world applications using MATLAB, C and various assembly programs based on TI's TMS320C55x. Tutorial based presentation, allowing the reader to master the theory of digital signal processing and the important skill of real-time DSP design and implementation techniques. Focuses on practical aspects of real-time DSP concepts and applications from a system design and implementation point of view Accompanying CD-ROM containing MATLAB and C assembly programs will allow a hands-on illustration of real-time DSP application For readers with access to a TI DSP lab, an Evaluation Module (EVM) with Code Compressor Studio (CCS) of TMS320C55x will be integrated into lab experiments, projects and applications from in-text references A valuable, leading edge resource for senior graduate students of digital signal processing and practising engineers developing real-time DSP applications.