Patent Number: 6,169,760

Title: Fast, highly accurate frequency measurement technique

Abstract: The frequency of a signal is determined using a signal filter having a signal filter skirt band frequency range wherein an intermediate fraction of an initial amplitude of an introduced signal passes through the signal filter. The magnitude of the transmitted intermediate fraction varies with the frequency of the introduced signal. A test applied signal having a frequency which lies within the signal filter skirt band frequency range is introduced into the signal filter. The transmitted amplitude of the test applied signal is measured after the test applied signal has passed through the signal filter. The transmitted amplitude is utilized as an indicator of the frequency of the test applied signal, either directly or through a calibration relation for amplitude as a function of frequency in the signal filter skirt band frequency range.

Inventors: Brenneise; Clark D. (Moorpark, CA)

Assignee: Hughes Electronics Corporation

International Classification: G01R 23/02 (20060101); G01R 23/00 (20060101); A61F 002/06 (); H04L 027/30 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018