Introduction to the RS-232C Protocol and a Bit-Error Rate Tester

  • Steven A. Tretter
Part of the Applications of Communications Theory book series (ACTH)


In this experiment you will learn about a commercial instrument called a bit-error rate tester, which is commonly used to evaluate the performance of digital communication systems. First, you will be introduced to the EIA RS232C interface protocol, which is a very common method for serially transmitting digital data between nearby devices. Then you will connect a commercial bit-error rate tester to the EVM, use the TMS320C30 to add noise to the serial bit stream, run a bit-error rate test, and compare measured and theoretical results. See the last section of this experiment for additional references on the theory of optimum signal detection and bit-error probability.


Serial Port Additive Gaussian Noise Clock Mode Digital Communication System Ring Indicator 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Steven A. Tretter
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  1. 1.University of MarylandCollege ParkUSA

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