By Peter Delos, Analog Devices
The heterodyne receiver has been the standard receiver option of choice for decades. In recent years, the rapid advance of analog-to-digital converter (ADC) sampling rates, the inclusion of embedded digital processing, and the integration of matched channels now offers options for the receiver architect that were not practical only a few years ago. This article compares the benefits and challenges of three common receiver architectures: a heterodyne receiver, a direct sampling receiver, and a direct-conversion receiver. Download the full paper to learn more.