Published in Ansari, A., & Viswanathan, R. (1995). On SNR as a measure of performance for narrowband interference rejection in direct sequence spread spectrum systems. IEEE Transactions on Communications, 43(234), 1318 - 1322. doi: 10.1109/26.380177 ©1995 IEEE. Personal use of this material is permitted. However, permission to reprint/republish this material for advertising or promotional purposes or for creating new collective works for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or to reuse any copyrighted component of this work in other works must be obtained from the IEEE. This material is presented to ensure timely dissemination of scholarly and technical work. Copyright and all rights therein are retained by authors or by other copyright holders. All persons copying this information are expected to adhere to the terms and constraints invoked by each author's copyright. In most cases, these works may not be reposted without the explicit permission of the copyright holder.


The usefulness of SNR as a figure of merit to quantify the narrowband interference rejection capability of a DS receiver is examined. The interference considered is a peaked autoregressive Gaussian process. The probability of error and SNR estimates of a Kalman, a modified Kalman, and a nonlinear filter proposed in [2] are obtained by simulation. Based on this simulation study and the available theoretical error rate analysis of transversal filters, we can conclude that SNR is a useful measure if the processing gain, PG, of the DS system is moderately large. When the PG is small, such as 7, and if thermal noise is negligible compared to the signal, the SNR is not a reliable measure of performance.