How is speech processed in a cell phone conversation?

  • T. Dutoit
  • N. Moreau
  • P. Kroon


Although most people see the cell phone as an extension of conventional wired phone service or POTS (plain old telephone service), the truth is that cell phone technology is extremely complex and a marvel of technology. Very few people realize that these small devices perform hundreds of millions of operations per second to be able to maintain a phone conversation. If we take a closer look at the module that converts the electronic version of the speech signal into a sequence of bits, we see that for every 20 ms of input speech, a set of speech model parameters is computed and transmitted to the receiver. The receiver converts these parameters back into speech. In this chapter, we will see how linear predictive (LP) analysis- synthesis lies at the very heart of mobile phone transmission of speech. We first start with an introduction to linear predictive speech modeling and follow with a MATLAB-based proof of concept.


Vocal Tract Spectral Envelope Synthetic Speech Pitch Period Inverse Filter 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. Dutoit
    • 1
  • N. Moreau
    • 2
  • P. Kroon
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculté Polytechnique de MonsBelgium
  2. 2.Ecole Nationale Supérieure des TélécommunicationsParisFrance
  3. 3.LSIAllentownUSA

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