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This topic This board Entire forum Google Bing. Print Search. Hi, I have an Instrumentation Amplifier measuring a Wheatsone bridge imbalance. The instrumentation amplifier output is a KHz sine wave signal and the amplitude varies from 0 to 0. The KHz frequency is fixed for the duration of the system usage but can be set anywhere between 20KHz to KHz at startup. Because of long cables and noisy environment I want to remove as much noise as possible while obviously maintaining the low frequency amplitude variation caused by any bridge imbalances i.
If yes, how would I best configure it? Maybe op-amp multiplers or other demodulators or discretes? Thank you. Sorry if it is off-topic. I ask because I can only think of cost being a matter, when something is mass produced. What can be possibly so mass produced, which involves remote sensing with bridge, instrumentation amplifier, AM modulator with preselectable frequency, lengthy cables and noisy environment and so on.
Which already sounds like costly lab setup for some material science made in quantity of 3 for whole global market. I also imagine that problem is possibly real, technical and challenging and obviously costly. Two industry magnates meet in a bar and after few drinks go into arguments about the problem. Next day the problem show up in forums. Interested in all design related projects no matter how simple, or complicated, slow going or fast, failures or successes.
Use a proper lock-in amplifier. Not a shite RF mixer. Kleinstein Super Contributor Posts: Country:. So at least a large part of the amplification should be before the mixer, as DC amplification is more difficult. Especially the gilbert cell mixers are not very good with DC performance at the output.
If the drive signal is sine, there ideally would be a bandpass filter before the mixer, to limit something like 3 times to modulation frequency. If thr drive signal is square and the amplifier and bridge has little phase shifts it may work better without the filter.In electronicsthe Gilbert cell is a type of mixer.
It produces output signals that are proportional to the product of two input signals. Such circuits are widely used for frequency conversion in radio systems. As a mixer, its balanced operation cancels out many unwanted mixing products, resulting in a "cleaner" output. It is a generalized case of an early circuit first used by Howard Jones in invented independently and greatly augmented by Barrie Gilbert in The specific property of this cell is that the differential output current is a precise algebraic product of its two, differential analog current inputs.
In this topology, there is little difference between the Jones cell and the translinear multiplier. However, I C here is given by v be,rf g m,rf. Combining the two difference stages output currents yields four-quadrant operation. However, in the cells invented by Gilbert, shown in these figures [ clarification needed ]there are two additional diodes. This is a crucial difference, because they generate the logarithm of the associated differential X input current in such a way that the exponential characteristics of the following transistors result in an ideally perfect multiplication of these input currents with the remaining pair of Y currents.
This additional diode cell topology is typically used when a low distortion voltage-controlled amplifier VCA is required. At very high frequencies, the drive is less likely to be a fast-edge squarewave, when there may be some advantage in the linearization. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Function [ edit ] Howard Jones, Gilbert, beta independent Gilbert, later beta dependent In this topology, there is little difference between the Jones cell and the translinear multiplier.
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It is possible utilise a variety of different circuit configurations for a transistor mixer. Possibly the most obvious method is to apply both signals to the base of the transistor. In this circuit the filter on the output is required to remove any of the high frequency LO and RF signals. Typically this circuit will be used to convert signals from a high frequency down to a much lower frequency. If the filter consists of a capacitor this can be chosen to present a short circuit to the LO and RF inputs, whilst not affecting the IF signals.
Additionally the tuned circuits on the input prevent the LO and RF signals coupling in to the opposite sources. A more common circuit for a transistor mixer applies the local oscillator to the base and the RF input to the emitter of the transistor. It is this transistor mixer circuit that forms the basis of many circuits within transistor radios using discrete transistors. Often a self oscillating mixer is used, where a single transistor circuit based around this configuration acts as an oscillator and mixer.
Although transistor mixers built around a single transistor would not be expected to provide the highest level of performance, however it is possible to considerably improve on the performance of a single bipolar transistor mixer by using more advanced circuit topologies.
One form of transistor mixer that works very well is known as the Gilbert cell and this is addresses on a separate page. Nevertheless, the bipolar transistor frequency mixer has found a considerable amount of use and has performed well, offering acceptable performance at a very low cost. It was for this reason that it was widely used.
Basic BJT transistor mixers It is possible utilise a variety of different circuit configurations for a transistor mixer. Basic bipolar transistor mixer circuit In this circuit the filter on the output is required to remove any of the high frequency LO and RF signals. Bipolar transistor mixer circuit with RF input applied to emitter It is this transistor mixer circuit that forms the basis of many circuits within transistor radios using discrete transistors.
RF front end circuit from a transistor radio with self oscillating mixer Other transistor mixer configurations Although transistor mixers built around a single transistor would not be expected to provide the highest level of performance, however it is possible to considerably improve on the performance of a single bipolar transistor mixer by using more advanced circuit topologies.
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All the simulation work has been done on Tanner EDA tool at 45nm technology. The analog multipliers are basic building blocks, used in many applications like mixers and modulators in communication systems, continuous time signal processing, automatic variable gain amplifiers, adaptive filters, and neural networks . The Gilbert Cell Mixer is very useful building blocks in transceiver design .
Gilbert-cell mixers are among the popular classes of mixers which are used extensively in wireless transceivers. Among the important features of Gilbert-cell mixers are their large bandwidth and high conversion gain CG .Gilbert Cell Topology
The first property is that the small-signal gain of the circuit is a function of its tail current. The second property tells that the two transistors in a differential pair provide a simple means of streeing the tail current to one of the two destinations , .
The positive and negative terminals of the output voltage VOUT are indicating Outp and Outn respectively in the proposed multiplier circuit of Fig. Here VC is the control voltage. Input signals are applied in the complementary form i. The transient response of the proposed multiplier is shown in Fig.
The aspect ratio of all transistors is taken 1. The proposed multiplier had power consumption and power-delay product less than the existing 12T Gilbert cell based multiplier almost 2 times and 4 times respectively . For example if the sinusoidal voltage of 50mv amplitude and frequency of kHz is given to the inputs then the output voltage is proportional to ,as shown in Fig.
Thus proposed multiplier can operate as frequency doubler. The purpose of a communication system is to deliver a message signal from an information source in recognizable form to a user destination, with the source and the user being physically separated from each other . Modulation is the systematic alteration of one waveform, called the carrier, according to the characteristics of another waveform, the modulating signal or message .
Bipolar Transistor RF Mixer / Multiplier
A circuit, stage or piece of hardware that modulates is called a modulator. When two sinusoidal voltages of different frequencies kHz and 0. Thus the proposed multiplier circuit can also behave as modulator.The circuit is able to provide excellent performance although it does require a larger number of components than many other forms of mixer. As performance of adjacent components within an integrated circuit is likely to be well matched, the circuit will be well balanced and suppression of the unwanted signal components will be high.
For these reasons the Gilbert cell mixer is the most widely used form of mixer or multiplier found within RF integrated circuits. The basic circuit concept that is employed in the Gilbert cell mixer was originally devices by H E Jones, but it was used in other applications. Although Gilbert himself did not suggest the use of the name, it is widely used to describe this mixer circuit topology.
Since its inception, the Gilbert cell has been used within integrated circuit technology to provide a high performance mixer that does not need the use of inductors of any form which would be difficult to integrated within a silicon chip. The Gilbert cell mixer essentially comprises two differential transistor pairs whose bias current is controlled by one of the input signals.
The other input signal drives the base electrodes of the differential pair transistors. The output that results from the Gilbert cell mixer or multiplier is an accurate multiplication of the two input signals.
It can be seen that there is a lot of symmetry in the circuit of the Gilbert cell mixer and this enables the balance to be obtained and the rejection of the LO and RF signals at the output. Although the diagram above shows the use of bipolar transistors, the Gilbert cell mixer can equally well use field effect transistors. The same basic concepts apply - the only real difference is in the biasing arrangements used.
For use of a Gilbert cell mixer within an integrated circuit, the choice of device type will depend to a large degree upon the process used for the IC manufacture. Similarly if the remainder of the IC is bipolar, then this technology will be used for the devices.
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The Gilbert cell is far more widely used than may be thought at first. It is not as widely used within systems using discrete components because of the number of components required is high. However, for integrated circuits Gilbert cell mixers are ideal because the number of components is not particularly important, they do not require wound components like transformers or other inductors and they are able to offer a high level of performance.
Gilbert cell beginnings The basic circuit concept that is employed in the Gilbert cell mixer was originally devices by H E Jones, but it was used in other applications. Gilbert cell RF mixer It can be seen that there is a lot of symmetry in the circuit of the Gilbert cell mixer and this enables the balance to be obtained and the rejection of the LO and RF signals at the output. As a switching mixer, the RF port then serves as the linear input.
When used in the switching mode, the Gilbert cell mixer has a switching signal fed into the local oscillator port. Multiplying it by -1 inverts the output i. When used in the switching mode, the LO input of the Gilbert cell mixer does not need to exhibit high linearity i.
It does need to provide a fast switching time. It is the RF input for the Gilbert cell mixer that needs to provide the linearity. This is used to add a level of distortion equal and opposite to that inherent in the differential pair. Gilbert cell mixer active device Although the diagram above shows the use of bipolar transistors, the Gilbert cell mixer can equally well use field effect transistors.
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It only takes a minute to sign up. The current source is sume up with LO-Input. Will be my conclusion correct? With milliVoltsPeakPeak signals on RF and on the LO, the current-source will be strongly steered to one or the other "mixer" outputs at the top.
However the Gilbert Cell and Barry Gilbert gently says he did the translinear-principle invention for bipolars, but did not invent the "Gilbert Cell" is very useful for very small inputs on the RF inputs while the LO inputs remain strongly overdriven to ensure currents are fully switched in the top 4 transistors.
Noise theory says the 4 top bipolars, operating in common-base mode, contribute very little noise. With small RF inputs, and strong LO inputs, this circuit serves us well as a double-balanced-mixer, where the "double-balanced" assures us the output contains very little LO and very little RF energy.
This eases filtering. Thus RF of FM radio at The distortion level for the RF input, with the 2 emitters tied together no resistors between them, to increase the linear range and reduce distortion is indicated by the IP levels: intercept points. Willy Sansen has papers on this. By the way, because of the low Noise Density a bit more than 50 ohms, but there is no magic about that of this Mixer, you might bring the Antenna into a single-to-differential-plus-matching circuit that directly drives the two RF pins of this Gilbert Cell.
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Understanding the basic Ask Question. Asked 1 year, 4 months ago. Active 1 year, 4 months ago. Viewed times. I have the next figure.
Question 2: can someone explain me more about this? Active Oldest Votes. This is the EXOR behavior.
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It only takes a minute to sign up. So, I am familiar with what a Gilbert cell is and what it does, but I have looked through all the resources I can find trying to understand it and I just can't wrap my head around it. Just from looking at it, I can tell it has something to do with differential amplifiers; it looks very much like a long-tailed pair of long-tailed pairs. It could just be that my brain is fried from working on final projects and final exams, but I can't seem to understand it.
Q6 and R3 form a voltage controlled current sink, which allows a total current proportional to the voltage at the base of Q2 to flow through the long tailed pair Q1, Q2. Q5 and R4 do the same thing, with the voltage at the base of Q5 determining the total current through the second long-tailed pair Q3, Q4. A balanced AC input to Q6base and Q5base will thus control the ratio of currents flowing trough the two upstream diff pairs: if the voltage difference between Q6base and Q5base is zero, the currents are equal.
If Q6base is higher than Q5base, Q6 will sink more current than Q5, and vice versa. Keep in mind that the sum of the two currents is always the same, unless the input is overdriven. Assume for now that the lower input is zero, and thus the total current is shared equally by the two long tailed pairs Q1, Q2 and Q3, Q4. Note how the outputs of the two long tailed pairs are cross connected.
As they are constantly "fighting" for control, they cancel each other out, leaving the output of the circuit at zero differential voltage.
Thus the lower input controls how much weight one diff amp has over the other: if the non-inverting pair has more current flowing through it than the inverting one, the gain of the Gilbert cell is positive, and vice versa. The six-transistor 'multiplier' or modulator, or demodulator circuit has continuous output dependent on two differential-mode input signals. So, for small signals which allows us to ignore the higher termsthe circuit is an analog multiplier of the A and B signals.
A Gilbert Cell actually Barry Gilbert patiently explains is NOT his creation; he does claim the translinear multiplier cell, very similar is the analog version of an Exclusive Or gate. If you drive the 2 sets of left inputs with differential square waves, you will see the differential EXOR on the right hand outputs.
Assuming you drew correctly. The Gilbert Cell is a doubly-balanced mixer, suppressing the energy from the bottom signals usually the RF and suppressing the energy from the top signals usually the square-wave oscillator ; this suppression leaves just the weak? Sign up to join this community. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top. Home Questions Tags Users Unanswered.
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How does a Gilbert cell work? Ask Question. Asked 2 years, 11 months ago. Active 2 years, 11 months ago. Viewed 3k times. Hearth Hearth 9, 1 1 gold badge 23 23 silver badges 57 57 bronze badges. Active Oldest Votes. That's exactly what it is.
This in combination with Whit3rd's answer makes things make a lot more sense now. Whit3rd Whit3rd 5, 16 16 silver badges 19 19 bronze badges. It still isn't completely clear, but I have some idea of what's going on here. I'm looking for a bit more of an intuitive explanation. Could be that this would be intuitive to someone from a digital background, or someone from an RF background, but my background is mostly in power electronics, so I'm completely lost.