# Mixers Theory and Applications

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Mixers Theory and Applications

BITX20 bidirectional SSB transceiver

BITX20 bidirectional SSB transceiver

Audio Frequency (AF) Beat Frequency Oscillator (BFO) Intermediate Frequency stage (IF) Local Oscillator (LO) Radio Frequency stage (RF).

The ideal mixer (A reminder)
An ideal mixer multiplies rather than adds waveforms. In a moment we will look at the electronics of mixers. If you feed two sine waves at frequencies F and G into a multiplier you just get sine waves at frequencies F+G and F-G and no harmonics. Lets remind ourselves what these waveforms are like before we look in more detail at real mixers.

The inputs to the ideal mixer
2000Hz 2200Hz

The output from the ideal mixer
200Hz and 4200Hz

Some maths Last time we noted that the output waveforms were 90 degree phase shifted sine waves of half the amplitude. For many purposes this makes no difference. However we will look at this in more detail later in the talk (but avoiding maths). Sin(f)* Sin(g) = Cos(f-g)/2 – Cos(f+g)/2

A simple unbalanced Mixer

Diode Characteristic Voltage in volts Current in milliamps

No carrier rejection (G) No input rejection (F) High drive voltage needed on all inputs Harmonic distortion on all signals

BITX20 bidirectional SSB transceiver

A diode ring Mixer

Ring Mixer G Positive

Ring Mixer G Negative

Good carrier rejection Good Input rejection

High drive current needed on carrier input Harmonic distortion (on carrier input) Expensive discrete components Needs transformers to work properly

A Double balanced Mixer

G input positive on left

G input positive on Right

Advantages of the double balanced mixer
Almost linear on each input Great carrier and input rejection Low drive signals needed. Low harmonic distortion on both inputs Well suit to IC manufacture No transformers Cheap (due to IC process)

Real devices: MC1496

Real devices:SA602A

Orthogonality Two things are orthogonal if changing one doesn’t change the other. In geometry this is a right angle. For example: Latitude, Longitude and Altitude over sea are orthogonal. Over land they are not. Sine waves of different frequencies are Orthogonal. Most other waveforms are not orthogonal.

Orthogonality Example
If you feed sine waves at frequencies F and G into a mixer you get sine waves at frequencies F+G and F-G. If F=G then you get 2F and DC out So if you take the DC average of the output you will get zero unless F=G. (Only true for orthogonal waveforms such as sine waves) So if we use an accurate signal generator for G then the DC value is a measure of the harmonic of F at G

The spectrum analyser If we vary the frequency of our signal generator G into our mixer then we can measure the strength of the signal F at a range of frequencies. (Just like tuning a radio) If the signal F that we are measuring is not a pure sine wave then as we tune the generator we will only measure the sine wave component of the signal F at the frequency of our generator G. So by sweeping G we can measure the spectrum of F

The Fourier transform Previously we said that when you mix F and G and F=G you will get a DC average. This is only true if F and G are in phase. If F and G are antiphase you get a negative DC value. However if F and G are 90 degrees apart you will get zero. So you can measure the phase of F by measuring at both 0 and 90 degrees (I and Q). Note that sine and cosine waves at the same frequency are orthogonal.

The Fourier transform A Fourier transform is like a spectrum analyser.
Multiply the original waveform by sine waves of each harmonic in turn and take the DC averages. These give you the sine wave harmonics. Now do the same thing with cosine waves, This gives you the cosine wave harmonics. (90 degrees shifted) We will see that for a Square wave you get the 1/3, 1/5 1/7 ratios (odd harmonics) we used in the signals talk.

A square wave to be Fourier transformed

Mixer input G to measure the fundamental

Mixer output for the fundamental
Note the strong positive DC average

Mixer output for the 2nd harmonic
Note the average is zero (even harmonic)

Mixer output for the 3nd harmonic
Note the 4 positive peaks 2 negative. Average is 2/6. This is 1/3 of the fundamental signal

Mixer output for the 4th harmonic
Note the average is zero (even harmonic)

Mixer output for 5nd harmonic
Note the 6 positive peaks 4 negative. Average is 2/10. This is 1/5 of the fundamental signal

Mixer output for the 6th harmonic
Note the average is zero (even harmonic)

Mixer output for 7nd harmonic
Note the 8 positive peaks 6 negative. Average is 2/14. This is 1/7 of the fundamental signal

But what about the cosine components?
So far we have only looked at the sine wave (in phase) components. We should check if there are any Cosine (90 degree phase shifted) components. Note the Cosine is symmetric about the centre

Mixer output for the Fundamental Cosine
Note the average is zero (anti-symmetric about centre)

Mixer output for the 2nd Harmonic Cosine
Note the average is zero (anti-symmetric about centre)

Mixer output for the 3rd Harmonic Cosine
Note the average is zero (anti-symmetric about centre)

Summary of the components of a Square wave
We have seen that you do get the 1/3, 1/5 1/7 ratios (odd harmonics) we used in the signals talk. The even Sine harmonics have equal numbers of plus and minus (half wave) peaks so are zero Odd Sine harmonics all have two more positive peaks than negative out of a total of double their harmonic number. Hence the 1/3, 1/5, 1/7 etc. ratios. Cosine harmonics are all anti-symmetric and thus zero

The Inverse Fourier transform
In the signals talk we took the harmonics of a square wave and combined them. This was an Inverse Fourier transform! (If done correctly these transforms are reversible and lossless) We may look at the Fast Fourier transform (FFT) in a later talk. Its just a quicker way of doing Fourier transforms.

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