In 1985, the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) allocated three frequency bands for spread spectrum (SS)communications, originally developed by the military.
SS transmission technique has much greater immunity to interference and noise compared to conventional radio transmission techniques.
An increasing number of users can use the same frequency (similar to cellular).
Users of FCC certified spread spectrum products do not require a license from the FCC.
Spread Spectrum technology in three radio bands, 902-928 MHz, 2400-2483.5 MHz and 5752.5-5850 MHz for transmission under 1 Watt of power. This power limit prevents interference within the band over long distances.
SS data radios offer the opportunity to have multiple channels which can be dynamically changed through software. Allows for many applications such as repeaters, redundant base station and overlapping antenna cells.
Frequency hopping: The signal is rapidly switched between different frequencies within the hopping bandwidth pseudo-randomly, and the receiver knows before hand where to find the signal at any given time.
Time hopping: The signal is transmitted in short bursts pseudo-randomly, and the receiver knows beforehand when to expect the burst.
Direct sequence: The digital data is directly coded at a much higher frequency. The code is generated pseudo-randomly, the receiver knows how to generate the same code, and correlates the received signal with that code to extract the data.
Depending on the factor N and on the type of spreading used, the bandwidth that cdma2000 requires varies. The 3dB bandwidth for each band (transmit and receive) is defined here for the three types of spreading:
Single Carrier: BW 3dB = 1.2288Mhz
Multi-Carrier: BW 3dB = (N - 1) x 1.25Mhz + 1.2288Mhz, where N = 3, 6, 9, 12
Direct Spread: BW 3dB = N x 1.2288Mhz, where N = 3, 6, 9, 12
cdma2000 allocates Guard regions of 625kHz, on each sides of the allocated bandwidth, to prevent interference with neighboring bands. So the figure for the total bandwidth must include these two Guard regions.
CDMA uses spread spectrum Technology. cdmaOne™ identifies 2G and 2.5G cellular, PCS and wireless local loop (WLL) services based on the IS-95A and IS-95B CDMA air interface standards. IS-95A supports data delivery up to 14.4 kbps while IS-95B offers up to 115 kbps. CDMA2000 is an ITU-approved, IMT-2000 (3G) standard CDMA2000 1X can double voice capacity and delivers data rates up to 307 kbps CDMA2000 1xEV is optimized for high-speed data: CDMA2000 1xEV-DO uses a designated channel for data at speeds of up to 2.4 Mbps in a single carrier CDMA2000 1xEV-DV integrates voice and data on a single channel with speeds of up to 4.8 Mbps CDMA: the present and future
Frequency division multiplexing (FDM) is a technology that transmits multiple signals simultaneously over a single transmission path, such as a cable or wireless system. Each signal travels within its own unique frequency range (carrier), which is modulated by the data (text, voice, video, etc.).
Orthogonal FDM's (OFDM) spread spectrum technique distributes the data over a large number of carriers that are spaced apart at precise frequencies. This spacing provides the "orthogonality" in this technique which prevents the demodulators from seeing frequencies other than their own.
Benefits of OFDM are high spectral efficiency, resiliency to RF interference, and lower multi-path distortion.
Useful because in a typical terrestrial broadcasting scenario there are multipath-channels (i.e. the transmitted signal arrives at the receiver using various paths of different length).
Since multiple versions of the signal interfere with each other (inter symbol interference (ISI)) it becomes very hard to extract the original information.