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  • Digital Infrared Transmitter

  • Created: Nov 07, 2014

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The two gates of U1 are configured as a low-frequency oscillator. The output waveform at 4Y is non symmetrical with the positive portion of the signal, making up only 20% of the time period. Diode D1, a 1N914 general-purpose unit, together with C1, R1, and R2, determine the ON time for the positive portion of the output waveform. The OFF, or negative portion of the output waveform depends mainly on the values of R1 and C1. The operating frequency of that oscillator is about 11 Hz. The second oscillator consists of two gates, which outputs on almost symmetrical waveform at a frequency of about 400Hz. The output of first oscillator is fed to 3A to key second oscillator ON and OFF at about 11Hz, with the ON time limited to about 20% of the time period (about 15ms).

The output waveform of the second oscillator is fed to the base of Q1, which is used to drive IR diode LED1 in short bursts. Pulsing LED1 helps to save battery power, and also allows each circuit to be given its own special sound footprint. By changing any of the values of R1, R2, R3, C1, or C2, the sound footprint can be varied. As the component values are increased, the oscillator's frequency goes down, and as values are decreased, the frequency goes up.

The digital infrared transmitter can be seen on the following applications: car locking systems, computers, headphones, home security systems, navigation systems, telephones, toys, etc. It has the advantages of low power requirements and low circuitry costs.



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