A receiver detects an RF signal, and creates a useful output from it. Most RF receivers are superheterodyne receivers, consisting of an LNA, a downconverting mixer and some IF circuitry. Some RF circuits such as RF/ID tags use homodyne receivers, consisting only of a detector diode that in the presence of a strong enough RF field produces a voltage output.
- A measure of how strong a signal is needed for the receiver to successfully detect and process it
- Dynamic range
- The range of signals over which the receiver operates. The minimum signal is set by the Noise Figure of the receiver; the maximum signal is set by the input intercept point of the receiver.
Agilent Technologies Products for Receiver Applications
- Integrated Circuits:
- HPMX-5001 / HPMX 5002 chipset includes the receiver function.
See also LNAs and Detectors