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Suitable Data Format

The circuit of the TSOP17.. is designed in that way that

unexpected output pulses due to noise or disturbance

signals are avoided. A bandpassfilter, an integrator

stage and an automatic gain control are used to

suppress such disturbances.

The distinguishing mark between data signal and

disturbance signal are carrier frequency, burst length

and duty cycle.

The data signal should fullfill the following condition:

• Carrier frequency should be close to center

frequency of the bandpass (e.g. 38kHz).

• Burst length should be 10 cycles/burst or longer.

• After each burst which is between 10 cycles and 70

cycles a gap time of at least 14 cycles is neccessary.

• For each burst which is longer than 1.8ms a

corresponding gap time is necessary at some time in

the data stream. This gap time should have at least

same length as the burst.

• Up to 1400 short bursts per second can be received


Some examples for suitable data format are:

NEC Code, Toshiba Micom Format, Sharp Code, RC5

Code, RC6 Code, R–2000 Code, Sony Format


When a disturbance signal is applied to the TSOP17..

it can still receive the data signal. However the

sensitivity is reduced to that level that no unexpected

pulses will occure.

Some examples for such disturbance signals which

are suppressed by the TSOP17.. are:

• DC light (e.g. from tungsten bulb or sunlight)

• Continuous signal at 38kHz or at any other


• Signals from fluorescent lamps with electronic

ballast (an example of the signal modulation is in the

figure below).

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