EE 538
Spring 1998

Course Description:

Spread-spectrum techniques have been in use for military purposes for sometime now, because of their desirable anti-jam and low-probability-of-intercept capabilities. They have also been employed in satellite applications in a code-division multiple-access (CDMA) mode, and as useful tools for precise ranging and navigation. More recently, thanks to its CDMA capability, spread-spectrum has been viewed as a promising design alternative for many commercial systems, such as portable and mobile cellular communications (both voice and data), wireless local area networks (LANs), mobile-satellite systems, optical networks, etc. Its commercial use has already been ensured by the cellular industry through the establishment of the industry standard IS-95. Other concepts based on CDMA are presently under consideration internationally for the implementation worldwide of a new generation cellular system (IMT2000/UMTS).

 The purpose of this course is to convey the fundamentals behind the conception, analysis and design of such systems. The following outline will be followed:

Instructor:                    Prof. Francesco Vatalaro
                                                      c/o  Communication Sciences Institute
                                                               Department of Electrical Engineering - Systems
                                                               University of Southern California
                                                               Los Angeles, CA 90089-2565
                        Office :                 EEB 512
                        Phone                 (213) 740-7332
                        Fax :                      (213) 740-8729
                        E-mail :                MD5374@MCLINK.IT
                        Office hours :      Tuesday,  11:45am - 13:00pm,  Wednesday,  10:30am - 13.00pm

Teaching Assistant:     Gent Paparisto
                        Office :                 EEB 518
                        Phone                 (213) 740-4673
                        Fax :                      (213) 740-8729
                        E-mail :                PAPARIST@SOLAR.USC.EDU
                        Office hours :      Monday,  11:00am - 12:00pm ,  Wednesday,  3:30 - 4.30pm

Grader:                         Young-Min Kim
                        Office :                  EEB 505
                        Phone                 (213) 740-4669
                        E-mail :                 YOKIM@SOLAR.USC.EDU

ITVCoordinator:          Ms. Isako Wakimoto
                       Phone                 (213) 740-0116



Digital Communications  (EE 564 or equivalent)  is strictly required.
Communication Systems  (EE 567),
           Error Correcting Coding  (EE 568),  and
           Advanced Topics in Random Processes  (EE 562b)  would be very helpful.

Required Textbook
R.L. Peterson, R.E. Ziemer and D.E. Borth,
           Introduction to Spread Spectrum Communications, Prentice Hall, 1995.
Instructor's notes will be sold by ITV Center.

Recommended Reference Books
M.K. Simon, J.K. Omura, R.A. Scholtz, and B.K. Levitt,
            Spread Spectrum Communications Handbook, Revised Edition, McGraw Hill, 1994.
A.J. Viterbi,
            Principles of Spread Spectrum Multiple-Access Communication, Addison-Wesley, 1995.


Grading Policy:
Homeworks      25%
                   Roughly one per week.
                   Total score will be weighted by 50% if less than 3 days late.
                   If received later no credit will be given.
                   Remote students: please mail the morning of the due day.
Midterm            25%
                   Date to be determined.
Final                   50%
                   Comprehensive, Thursday, April 30, 1998 ,  11:00 - 1:00pm


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