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An ultra-wide bandwidth time-hopping spread-spectrum code division multiple-access system employing a binary PPM signaling has been introduced by Scholtz (1993), and its performance was obtained based on a Gaussian distribution assumption for the multiple-access interference. In this paper, we begin first by proposing to use a practical low-rate error correcting code in the system without any further required bandwidth expansion. We then present a more precise performance analysis of the system for both coded and uncoded schemes. Our analysis shows that the Gaussian assumption is not accurate for predicting bit error rates at high data transmission rates for the uncoded scheme. Furthermore, it indicates that the proposed coded scheme outperforms the uncoded scheme significantly, or more importantly, at a given bit error rate, the coding scheme increases the number of users by a factor which is logarithmic in the number of pulses used in time-hopping spread-spectrum systems.
Date of Publication: Oct 2002