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New surface acoustic wave (SAW) convolver structures with high conversion efficiency and self-temperature compensation characteristics have been developed. Strong piezoelectric substrates, regardless of temperature coefficients of delay (TCD), can be used in these convolvers. New demodulation techniques using the developed SAW convolver for high bit rate and wideband spread spectrum code division multiple access (CDMA) communications have also been developed. I- and Q-channel demodulation data can be derived directly from binary phase shift keying (BPSK) or quadri-phase shift keying (QPSK) CDMA signals. In an experiment using a 128/spl deg/ YX-LiNbO/sub 3/ substrate, CDMA signals of 9 Mbps (megabits per second) with 60 Mcps (megachips per second) spread by 13-chip Barker code and 11 Mbps with 140 Mcps spread by 25-chip Shiba's code were clearly demodulated, demonstrating the effectiveness of these techniques for use in future CDMA communications.