The variable gain mixer of claim 1 wherein the two pairs of transistors, Qp + / Qn + and Qpâ / Qnâ, each form a current regulated variable gain amplifier. Furthermore, the measured variable gain range is 40 dB at 24 GHz. A variable gain mixer, characterized by having different bias voltages. a third resistor coupled between the emitter of the second gain control transistor and the common supply rail, a linear change in the gain control input current producing a corresponding linear change in a voltage across the second resistor that produces an exponential change in a gain of the mixer. This results in a compressive nonlinearity as previously shown in FIG. As can be seen in FIG. Therefore, the true technical protection scope of the present invention will be defined by the technical spirit of the appended claims. The LO signal is large enough to change the operating conditions of each LO switching transistor, so if the LO signal is not applied to Qn + and Qn-, Qn + and Qn- will eventually turn on or off depending on the LO signal. A JFET can function like a variable resistor. The second amplifier stage supplies a loaded low frequency gain of approximately 30.3. The change in the total gate-width of the RF devices ultimately results in a variable conversion gain for the mixer. In the preferred embodiment, this gm is nominally 16.3 mS. Instead of the prior art RF input stage, the mixer section 34 includes a so-called "multi-tanh doublet," which operates as a conventional transconductance (gm) stage but which exhibits improved linearity. A cross-over connection between the emitter followers Q256 and Q257 and the R240 and R241 output branches provide an output response that counteracts nonlinear characteristics of the gm in the mixer core 42. If MH goes high relative to ML, the current in the R241 branch increases while current in the R240 branch decreases. The LO input signal LOIP is a single-sided voltage of typically ±50 millivolts (mV) (-16 dBm) at 229 megahertz (MHz). Variable gain mixer, characterized by the base bias voltage difference Vc (= Vcp-Vcn) of the two transistor pairs. At this time, Iout represents the difference between the collector current of transistor Q + and the collector current of Q-. A lower graph 27 shows noise bursts 28 created by the amplifier during transition periods when the VLO signal changes between high and low states. No. Thus, variable-gain amplifier (VGA) can be removed in a receiver to save power. Audio mixer channel gain can be set in three ways. Variable gain mixer merged according to the present invention, provides a gain efficiency and mixing for utilizing only the power required transconductance (103) only and basic mixer functions basic mixer functions. The transconductance of the post-mixer linearizer 36 is deliberately rendered nonlinear to compensate for nonlinearity in the gm of the mixer core. According to the present invention, by appropriately combining the variable gain amplifier and the mixer, it is possible to obtain a wide range of gain variation at a low power supply voltage without the need to connect several variable gain amplifier stages in series, and also by appropriately applying the LO signal used in the mixer. How to Set Gain on an Analog Mixer. FIG. The loaded low frequency voltage gain from terminal 38 to the output terminals 60 and 62 is approximately 29.3. R243 also sets a predictable time constant for capacitor C256. a single-end to differential converter having a singled ended input, a mid-point voltage input, and first and second differential outputs; a first emitter-follower having a base, a collector, and an emitter, the collector coupled to a positive supply rail and the base coupled to the first differential output of the single-end to differential converter; a first diode-connected transistor having an anode and a cathode, wherein the anode is coupled to the emitter of the first emitter follower; a first complementary pair of transistors having a first input coupled to the first differential output of the single-end to differential converter, a second input coupled to the cathode of the first diode-connected transistor, and an output coupled the first input of the mixer; a second emitter-follower having a base, a collector, and an emitter, the collector coupled to the positive supply rail and the base coupled to the second differential output of the single-end to differential converter; a second diode-connected transistor having an anode and a cathode, wherein the anode is coupled to the emitter of the second emitter follower; and, a second current source coupled to the cathode of the first diode-connected transistor; and. As a result, the voltage drop at DC is close to zero and there is no voltage drop, so the linearity in dB characteristic for the variable gain amplifier (VGA) is maintained. A mixer for outputting an output signal to one pair of pairs so as to have only a predetermined gain; And. Thus, the current down the R240 branch and the R241 branch are both equal and approximately 73.2 μA (PTAT). NOM attenuation) Reduced microphone comb filtering by limiting voice pickup to a single microphone frequency-changing by means of semiconductor devices having more than two electrodes, Balanced arrangements with transistors using bipolar transistors, Double balanced arrangements, i.e. 7 is a detailed circuit diagram of a post-mixer linearizer for the mixer circuit shown in FIG. Voltage Conversion Gain A mixer’s frequency converting action is characterized by conversion gain (active mixer) or loss (passive mixer). The mixer also includes a gain control circuit that provides linear-in-decibel gain control. R2 is added to eliminate the capacitive loading of the op-amp input. Measurements show that the conversion gain can vary from a maximum of 24 dB to a minimum of 9 dB. DIY JFET VCA. a first emitter-follower having a base, a collector, and an emitter, the collector coupled to a positive supply rail and the base coupled to the first differential output of the mixer; a first diode-connected transistor having an anode and a cathode, the anode coupled to the emitter of the first emitter follower and the cathode coupled to the base of the second PNP transistor; a first current source coupled to the cathode of the first diode-connected transistor; a second emitter-follower having a base, a collector, and an emitter, the collector coupled to the positive supply rail and the base coupled to the second differential output of the mixer; a second diode-connected transistor having an anode and a cathode, the anode coupled to the emitter of the second emitter follower and the cathode coupled to the base of the first PNP transistor; and. an offset transistor having a collector coupled to the positive supply rail, an emitter coupled to the base of the drive transistor, and a base coupled to the collector of the input transistor for reducing voltage offset in the current mirror. The opposite is true when the LO- signal has a negative input. In the case of a downconversion mixer, the desired output signal is the IF, and the input signal is the RF. 2 x 2 and 3 x 3 spurs: These in-band spurs cannot be filtered so the RF mixer must provide all of the rejection for the system. This is accomplished by varying a bias current supplied to the mixer core 42. coupling a diode between the second differential output of the mixer and the base of the fourth transistor; increasing the current through the diode responsive to an increase in the second end of the differential signal so that an increasing voltage is produced across the diode thereby lowering the base voltage on the base of the fourth transistor. This wider linear response prevents the mixer core from producing cross-modulation products prior to filtering. The mixer section is shown in detail in FIG. MID: -20dB gain up ideal for mid range preamps or DAW mic pre or instrument input. Thus, the overall change in primary current in the collector current of Q235 over the full range of IG and betas (β) is very small. The nonlinear operating characteristics of gm effectively compresses the input signal, inducing unwanted inter-modulation products in the mixer output signal. a second current mirror coupled to the collector of the second NPN transistor and the output of the post-mixer linearizer, the second current mirror providing a second mirrored current to the post-mixer linearizer output that is proportional to the collector current in the first NPN transistor. a diode having an anode coupled to the voltage supply terminal and a cathode coupled to the collectors of the first and second branch transistors; and. At MACOM we design, manufacture, and support a family of Variable Gain Amplifiers (VGAs) for RF, microwave, and millimeter wave applications. The mixer 10 is comprised of a mixer core 13, which includes transistors Q1-Q4, and an RF input section 15. The right-hand half of the input driver 32 comprises a first Class-AB emitter-follower (Q219/Q220) and a second Class-AB emitter-follower (Q221/Q222). A bias current IBLO is received at terminal 40 for energizing the LO driver 32. a PNP transistor having a base connected to the cathode of the second diode, a collector coupled to a common supply terminal, and an emitter coupled to the emitter of the NPN transistor. The concept of Mix Minus relates to a common technique for optimizing gain before feedback in voice lift application (microphones locally reinforced). Our VGA Product family covers frequencies from 5 MHz to 20 GHz. Figure 1: Variable Gain Amplifier (VGA) Applications . Pasternack Double Balanced Mixer Operating from 2 GHz to 18 GHz with an IF Range from DC to 600 MHz and LO Power of +10 dBm, SMA is offered in custom lengths as well. This device is known as a variable gain amplifier (VGA), or programmable gain amplifier (PGA). a second complementary pair of transistors having a first input coupled to the second differential output of the signal-end to differential converter, a second input coupled to the cathode of the second diode-connected transistor, and an output coupled the second input of the mixer. DC bias paths for the RFLO and RFHI inputs are provided by R233 and R234, whose common node is biased by Q230 and Q231. 4. Double Balanced Mixer Operating from 2 GHz to 18 GHz with an IF Range from DC to 600 MHz and LO Power of +10 dBm, SMA from Pasternack has same day shipment. In addition, by applying the L0 signal and the gain change signal to a variable gain mixer having only two gains at the same time, a gain change with linearity in dB characteristics is possible. Hochpass-Filter. 2, there is essentially a linear relationship between the input and output signals for a certain small operating range, generally between points 22 and 23. As is known in the art, the relationship between VRF and VIF can be described by the hyperbolic tangent (tanh) function. a first current mirror coupled to the collector of the first NPN transistor and the output of the post-mixer linearizer, the first current mirror providing a first mirrored current to the post-mixer linearizer output that is proportional to the collector current in the first NPN transistor; and. The output at terminal 58 is a current; with the addition of a load impedance, the post-mixer linearizer 36 centers the IF output (VOUT) to the mid-point of the supply voltage and provides further pre-filtering of frequency sum components at the mixer core output. Then, make sure that all EQ on the sound board is level (at 12 o’clock). F SSB = 2 + 2 N mixer / N in = 1 + F SSB-IEEE, F DSB = 1 + N mixer / N in = 1 2 (1 + F SSB-IEEE). Using this capability, an active mixer can provide variable gain. Precision Variable Gain Amplifiers (VGAs) INTRODUCTION . Complete Patent Searching Database and Patent Data Analytics Services. An example of another application can be found in my commonly-assigned, co-pending application entitled "LINEAR-IN-DECIBEL VARIABLE GAIN AMPLIFIER," Ser. Current mirrors in the post-mixer linearizer increase the rail-to-rail headroom of the mixer while maintaining high gain. FIG. 5 graphically illustrates the impedance change of the LO bias circuit. Miller Nash Graham & Dunn (Portland, OR, US), Click for automatic bibliography Powerful and feature-packed, the Pure Resonance Audio RZMA120BT is a multi zone mixer amplifier featuring 4 x 120-watt output capability at 4 Ohm, 70 and 100 Volts. 08/344,375, filed Nov. 23, 1994, incorporated herein by reference. In other words, if Qp + and Qp- are regarded as one transistor Qp and Qn + and Qn- are considered as one transistor Qn, Qp and Qn become a Current Steering Variable Gain Amplifier (CS-VGA). The MH and ML inputs of the post-mixer linearizer are coupled to emitter followers Q256/Q258 and Q257/Q259. 6, described further below. This way, high gain mixer with controllable variable gain can be achieved at low voltage supply. A mixer bias current IPMX of approximately 109 μA is applied at terminal 52 and flows in Q235 with the aid of emitter-follower Q236. For example, assume that the RF input gm is simply that of a bipolar differential pair, having a hyperbolic tangent transfer curve. The transistors in the mixer core 72 would then saturate. FIG. If you are setting the gain on a channel that is running to external processing, such as a compressor or EQ, you should bypass them all before setting the gain. For finite NPN betas, the current in Q245 and Q246 is raised by the voltage drop across both R231 and R230. The Renesas family of RF mixers provide very high rejection (> 70 dB) to these critical spurs. Thus, the mixer provides linear in decibel gain control. The emitter resistance re of the output branches (i.e., R240 branch and R241 branch) at 73.2 μA (PTAT) are each 353Ω. Hier regelt man die unterschiedlich lauten Signale so weit aus, dass die nachfolgende Elektronik mit einem ausreichend starken Signal beschickt wird. This switching noise compromises the spectral integrity of the mixer output. Resistor R208 is coupled between terminals 42 and 38 and provides an internal bias return path for the LOIP input signal. The first amplifier stage includes load resistors R209-212 and a diode-connected transistor Q209 coupled in series therewith. Let’s explore. The incremental gm is progressively reduced as the instantaneous value of the input signal at the RF port increases. The variation in the emitter current of Q236 is actually slightly less because the VBE of Q245 and Q246, and hence the current in R232, reduces with IG. The input driver is balanced about a mid-point reference voltage VMID supplied at terminal 42. In constructing the combination, both the current-to-voltage conversion output stage of the mixer, and the voltage-to-current conversion input stage of the variable gain amplifier are removed. The post-mixer linearizer includes first and second output branches that operate in a complementary manner to create the necessary response for counteracting the nonlinearity in the mixer core. A practical mixer will have higher losses, due to the resistances of the diodes and the losses in the transformers. Conversely, if an RF signal VRF is applied to the RF port 14, but no voltage difference is applied to the LO port 12, the output currents will again be balanced. The input driver includes Class AB emitter followers and an associated bias stage for quickly supplying and removing charge from each of the LO inputs of the mixer core. Using this capability, an active mixer can provide variable gain. The NPN current mirror 82 comprises essentially Q264 and Q273 and is aided by Q271 and Q272. Application of the linear-in-dB gain control circuit is not limited to mixer applications but can be used in any amplifier that employs a transconductance stage whose gain is linear to the bias current supplied thereto. This monolithic microwave integrated circuit was implemented on AlGaAs/InGaAs/GaAs pseudomorphic high-electron-mobility transistor process with a chip size of 1.7 × 1.7 mm 2. The mixer 10 is commonly known as the "Gilbert Mixer" after the inventor of the present application. © 2004-2021 FreePatentsOnline.com. In the case of voltage-controlled VGAs, it is common to make the gain in dB proportional to a There is some small current at the base of Q235 (about 2 μA) even when the IG is zero. a first current source connected to the cathode of the first diode, a second diode having an anode coupled to the second mixer output and a cathode connected to the second input of the first output driver, wherein the second diode reduces a signal level at the second input of the first output driver responsive to an increase in a signal level at the second mixer output, whereby the linearized mixer output signal has improved linearity over the output signal of the mixer, and. Referring to FIG. A variable gain mixer, characterized by determining the current gain of the variable gain mixer. A mixer is combined with a post-mixer linearizer to compensate for the nonlinear response of the RF input stage of the mixer. The transconductance mixing allows very low noise figure for an active mixer. 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