White, Stanley A. Signal Processing and Controls Engineering, San Clemente, California.
- Superheterodyne receiver
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An amplifying circuit in a radio-frequency (RF) receiver that processes and enhances a downconverted or modulated signal. Signal frequency spectrum downconversion is achieved by multiplying the radio-frequency signal by a local oscillator signal in a circuit known as a mixer. This multiplication produces two signals whose frequency content lies about the sum and difference frequencies of the center frequency of the original signal and the oscillator frequency. A variable local oscillator is used in the receiver to hold the difference-signal center frequency constant as the receiver is tuned. The constant frequency of the downconverted signal is called the intermediate frequency (IF), and it is this signal that is processed by the intermediate-frequency amplifier.
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