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.
Beside this, what is the difference between an RF and an IF signal?
The basic concept of operation is as follows. For the receiver, the signal from the antenna is amplified in the radio frequency (RF) stage. The output of the RF stage is one input of a mixer. A Local Oscillator (LO) is the other input. The output of the mixer is at the Intermediate Frequency (IF).
What is LO frequency?
In electronics, a local oscillator (LO) is an electronic oscillator used with a mixer to change the frequency of a signal. This frequency conversion process, also called heterodyning, produces the sum and difference frequencies from the frequency of the local oscillator and frequency of the input signal.
What is the role of IF stage?
Function of the I-F Amplifier Stage: Accepts the intermediate frequency signal from the converter, amplify it and pass it on to either, the next I-F stage (if the receiver has one), or to the detector stage.
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