Blind Adaptive Suppression of Narrowband Digital Interferers from Spread Spectrum Signals

H. Vincent Poor, Xiaodong Wang

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The application of the minimum-mean-square-error (MMSE) multiuser detection technique to the problem of suppressing the digital narrowband interference (NBI) from spread-spectrum signals is considered. The MMSE multiuser detector can be implemented using a blind adaptive method, which is ideally suited for use in the NBI suppression framework. The optimal linear filter for the recovery of the spread-spectrum signal is derived, and its performance is analyzed in terms of probability of error and signal-to-interference ratio (SIR). It is shown that the performance of this optimal filter is very close to the situation when there is no narrowband interference present, even at the presense of very strong interference. This application requires the treatment of a single narrowband digital signal as a group of related, virtual spread-spectrum signals with very simple spreading codes. This model gives a special structure to the matrices appearing in the optimization problem implied by the MMSE criterion, and this structure is exploited herein to develop and analyze a practical adaptive algorithm. The major contribution of this paper beyond the previous work in the field of NBI suppression is the development of this adaptive algorithm that can exploit the advantages of multiuser detection in suppressing narrowband digital interference from spread-spectrum networks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)69-96
Number of pages28
JournalWireless Personal Communications
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


  • Blind adaptation
  • LMS algorithm
  • MMSE multiuser detector
  • Narrowband interference


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