Counter Demodulates Narrowband FSK Without Synchronization

Frequency shift keying (FSK) is a popular digital modulation technique for data transmission. Some common applications of FSK modulation include both wired and wireless data transmission as well as infrared remote controls for consumer electronic equipment. FSK demodulation can be either coherent or noncoherent. Coherent detection always demands carrier and bit synchronization, typically achieved using phase-locked loops (PLLs).
Counter Demodulates Narrowband FSK Without Synchronization - schematic

PLLs are very noise-sensitive and normally call for a trimming adjustment inside the loop filter. FSK noncoherent demodulation can be implemented with two bandpass filters and two envelope detectors. Bit synchronization may be required as well. In narrowband FSK transmission systems, bandpass filters must have a very high quality factor, making implementation more complex. This idea presents a noncoherent, narrowband FSK receiver that eliminates the drawbacks mentioned above. Figure 1 shows the FSK demodulation circuitry in which neither PLLs nor high-quality-factor bandpass filters are used. With this high-frequency (HF) demodulation circuit, no trimming adjustments are necessary. L1, L2, C4, and C7 form two resonant circuits, implementing an input filter whose passband is centered at 10 MHz. A differential high-frequency amplifier amplifies the 10-MHz signal. IC1 and IC2 combine to make an automatic gain-control (AGC) circuit. The amplified signal is then converted into a digital waveform by a wideband comparator, IC3. The resulting digital signal clocks a 4-bit counter (IC4). Oscillator IC5 clears the counter. IC6A, the D-type flip-flop, latches the counter`s most significant bit at the rising edge of the oscillator signal OSC_OUT. Since the oscillator circuit generates a 50% digital waveform duty cycle and the two FSK frequencies are: The calculated OSC_OUT frequency also can be divided or multiplied by a power of two....

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