RF Detector Overdrive

Document created by enash Employee on Mar 5, 2015
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Question: How do RF detectors behave when over-driven


Answer: The response varies by device. On most devices, the output voltage flattens out and remains constant. On some devices, the voltage will change direction when the input is heavily over-driven.  the attached plots show how various RF Detectors behave when over-driven. Note that in some of these plots, the input power level exceeds the specified Absolute Max Rating. For these measurements, the Absolute Maximum Rating was exceeded purely for illustrative purposes; this is not intended to imply that this constitutes safe operation.


Linear in dB RMS Detector Overdrive.png

Linear in Volt per Volt Detector - Overdrive Behavior.png

Log Amp with Positive Slope - Overdrive Behavior.png

Log Amp with Negative Slope - Overdrive Behavior.png