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heart of any good superheterodyne receiver.   The power consumption of this device is at least 100-fold, or two orders of magnitude, lower than that of any previous subsystem.
Oscillators have been built and tested.   Converter circuits and transmitters have been fabricated with equal success and demonstrated capability. In short, a great reservoir of new technology has been tapped and brought to bear on the technical side of intelligence collection.   At the present time there is every reason to believe that active pursuit of the basic program will continue to yield further advances.
Micropower Systems
The ultimate objective, that of creating complete micropower equipment, is really the criterion of success as far as intelligence gathering is concerned, so it is gratifying to be able to report that system development has been as successful as the work on component circuits. In a truly spectacular demonstration of what can be achieved, candlepower has been used to operate a complex repeater unit consisting of a receiver, a transmitter, digital processing circuits, and a solar cell network for energy conversion. The entire unit, literally driven by the fight from a candle, continued to function perfectly in conjunction with the other units of the repeater network.
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Figure 5. Micropower receiver.

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Posted: May 08, 2007 08:19 AM
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