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In this letter, we propose a new modulation scheme called pulse position amplitude modulation (PPAM) for ultra-wideband (UWB) communication systems. PPAM combines pulse position modulation and pulse amplitude modulation to provide good system performance and low computational complexity. The channel capacity of PPAM is determined for a time-hopping multiple-access UWB communication system. The error probability and performance bounds are derived for a multiuser environment.
Date of Publication: Aug. 2005