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This paper introduces a code-division methodology into switching applications. The proposed method is applied in satellite-switched code-division multiple-access (SS/CDMA) systems for routing CDMA traffic channels on board the multibeam satellites. We present code-division switch (CDS) architectures, analyze the CDS performance, and assess its complexity. The CDS has been shown to route CDMA user channels without introducing interference. The proposed CDS architecture is nonblocking, and its hardware complexity and speed are proportional to the size of the switch. We also examine the amplitude distribution of the combined signal in the CDS bus and the interference evaluation of the end-to-end link in the proposed applications. Then we consider the problem of switch control under an optimum or a random algorithm and compare its complexity with the equivalent problem in time-multiplexed switching methods.