Digital Audio Broadcasting (SC5b)

Mike Brookes
2 two-hour lectures in the Spring Term


This course aims to give an overview of the Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) system. It includes a discussion of audio coding (MP2), channel coding and the design parameters of the transmission system. It also considers aspects of receiver design including synchronization.


  1. 1.ETSI.  “Radio Broadcasting Systems; Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) to mobile, portable  and fixed receivers”. EN 300 401, European Telecommunications Standards  Institute, April 2000.
  2. 2.W. Hoeg and Thomas Lauterbach. “Digital Audio Broadcasting: Principles and Applications of Digital Radio”. John Wiley, 2003.
  3. 3.C. Gandy. “DAB: an introduction to the Eureka DAB System and a guide to how it works”. Technical Report WHP-061, British Broadcasting Corp, June 2003.
  4. 4.M. Bolle, D. Clawin, K. Gieske, F. Hofmann, T. Mlasko, M.J. Ruf, and G.  Spreitz. “The receiver engine chip-set for digital audio broadcasting”. In Intl  Symp on Signals Systems and Electronics, pages 338–342, October 1998.
  5. 5.K. Taura, M. Tsujishita, M. Takeda, H. Kato, M. Ishida, and Y. Ishida. “A  digital audio broadcasting (DAB) receiver”. IEEE Trans Consumer Electronics, 42(3):322–327, August 1996.

Lecture Slides

One per page, 2 per page, 6 per page

Exam Guidelines

There will be one question with three separate parts. All the required information was covered in the lectures; you do not need to study additional books or papers to answer the questions.

Although you are expected to understand the principles behind and reasons for the techniques used in the DAB system, you are not expected to memorize the details. Things you do NOT need to memorize include: