Richtige Fernseher haben Röhren!

Richtige Fernseher haben Röhren!

In Brief: On this site you will find pictures and information about some of the electronic, electrical and electrotechnical technology relics that the Frank Sharp Private museum has accumulated over the years .

Premise: There are lots of vintage electrical and electronic items that have not survived well or even completely disappeared and forgotten.

Or are not being collected nowadays in proportion to their significance or prevalence in their heyday, this is bad and the main part of the death land. The heavy, ugly sarcophagus; models with few endearing qualities, devices that have some over-riding disadvantage to ownership such as heavy weight,toxicity or inflated value when dismantled, tend to be under-represented by all but the most comprehensive collections and museums. They get relegated to the bottom of the wants list, derided as 'more trouble than they are worth', or just forgotten entirely. As a result, I started to notice gaps in the current representation of the history of electronic and electrical technology to the interested member of the public.


Following this idea around a bit, convinced me that a collection of the peculiar alone could not hope to survive on its own merits, but a museum that gave equal display space to the popular and the unpopular, would bring things to the attention of the average person that he has previously passed by or been shielded from. It's a matter of culture. From this, the Obsolete Technology Tellye Web Museum concept developed and all my other things too. It's an open platform for all electrical Electronic TV technology to have its few, but NOT last, moments of fame in a working, hand-on environment. We'll never own Colossus or Faraday's first transformer, but I can show things that you can't see at the Science Museum, and let you play with things that the Smithsonian can't allow people to touch, because my remit is different.

There was a society once that was the polar opposite of our disposable, junk society. A whole nation was built on the idea of placing quality before quantity in all things. The goal was not “more and newer,” but “better and higher" .This attitude was reflected not only in the manufacturing of material goods, but also in the realms of art and architecture, as well as in the social fabric of everyday life. The goal was for each new cohort of children to stand on a higher level than the preceding cohort: they were to be healthier, stronger, more intelligent, and more vibrant in every way.

The society that prioritized human, social and material quality is a Winner. Truly, it is the high point of all Western civilization. Consequently, its defeat meant the defeat of civilization itself.

Today, the West is headed for the abyss. For the ultimate fate of our disposable society is for that society itself to be disposed of. And this will happen sooner, rather than later.

OLD, but ORIGINAL, Well made, Funny, Not remotely controlled............. and not Made in CHINA.

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Every CRT Television saved let revive knowledge, thoughts, moments of the past life which will never return again.........

Many contemporary "televisions" (more correctly named as displays) would not have this level of staying power, many would ware out or require major services within just five years or less and of course, there is that perennial bug bear of planned obsolescence where components are deliberately designed to fail and, or manufactured with limited edition specificities..... and without considering........picture......sound........quality........

..............The bitterness of poor quality is remembered long after the sweetness of todays funny gadgets low price has faded from memory........ . . . . . .....
Don't forget the past, the end of the world is upon us! Pretty soon it will all turn to dust!

Have big FUN ! !
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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

SONY TRINITRON KV-21XRTA CHASSIS SCC-783A-A (SX) INTERNAL VIEW.

















The Sony CHASSIS SCC-783A-A (SX) Is the brother of the RX2 CHASSIS IN 1985 with further improvement and added features in here 90° version and differently layered for the model here in collection shown .

As pictured it's well organized:

- Left upside Power supply
- Middle bottom all television receiver functions.
- Right upside HF and IF Stages.

The CHASSIS SCC-783A-A (SX) is highly reliable and runs almost cool, the dry joint era was far at the time.

NOTE:

- The set was never serviced before and even never opened, I have opened it  first time !


SONY TRINITRON  KV-21XRTA  CHASSIS  SCC-783A-A  (SX)  Synchronized switch-mode power supply:

In a switch mode power supply, a first switching transistor is coupled to a primary winding of an isolation transformer. A second switching transistor periodically applies a low impedance across a second winding of the transformer that is coupled to an oscillator for synchronizing the oscillator to the horizontal frequency. A third winding of the transformer is coupled via a switching diode to a capacitor of a control circuit for developing a DC control voltage in the capacitor that varies in accordance with a supply voltage B+. The control voltage is applied via the transformer to a pulse width modulator that is responsive to the oscillator output signal for producing a pulse-width modulated control signal. The control signal is applied to a mains coupled chopper transistor for generating and regulating the supply voltage B+ in accordance with the pulse width modulation of the control signal.

Description:

The invention relates to switch-mode power supplies.

Some television receivers have signal terminals for receiving, for example, external video input signals such as R, G and B input signals, that are to be developed relative to the common conductor of the receiver. Such signal terminals and the receiver common conductor may be coupled to corresponding signal terminals and common conductors of external devices, such as, for example, a VCR or a teletext decoder.

To simplify the coupling of signals between the external devices and the television receiver, the common conductors of the receiver and of the external devices are connected together so that all are at the same potential. The signal lines of each external device are coupled to the corresponding signal terminals of the receiver. In such an arrangement, the common conductor of each device, such as of the television receiver, may be held "floating", or conductively isolated, relative to the corresponding AC mains supply source that energizes the device. When the common conductor is held floating, a user touching a terminal that is at the potential of the common conductor will not suffer an electrical shock.

Therefore, it may be desirable to isolate the common conductor, or ground, of, for example, the television receiver from the potentials of the terminals of the AC mains supply source that provide power to the television receiver. Such isolation is typically achieved by a transformer. The isolated common conductor is sometimes referred to as a "cold" ground conductor.

In a typical switch mode power supply (SMPS) of a television receiver the AC mains supply voltage is coupled, for example, directly, and without using transformer coupling, to a bridge rectifier. An unregulated direct current (DC) input supply voltage is produced that is, for example, referenced to a common conductor, referred to as "hot" ground, and that is conductively isolated from the cold ground conductor. A pulse width modulator controls the duty cycle of a chopper transistor switch that applies the unregulated supply voltage across a primary winding of an isolating flyback transformer. A flyback voltage at a frequency that is determined by the modulator is developed at a secondary winding of the transformer and is rectified to produce a DC output supply voltage such as a voltage B+ that energizes a horizontal deflection circuit of the television receiver. The primary winding of the flyback transformer is, for example, conductively coupled to the hot ground conductor. The secondary winding of the flyback transformer and voltage B+ may be conductively isolated from the hot ground conductor by the hot-cold barrier formed by the transformer.

It may be desirable to synchronize the operation of the chopper transistor to horizontal scanning frequency for preventing the occurrence of an objectionable visual pattern in an image displayed in a display of the television receiver.

It may be further desirable to couple a horizontal synchronizing signal that is referenced to the cold ground to the pulse-width modulator that is referenced to the hot ground such that isolation is maintained.

A synchronized switch mode power supply, embodying an aspect of the invention, includes a transfromer having first and second windings. A first switching arrangement is coupled to the first winding for generating a first switching current in the first winding to periodically energize the second winding. A source of a synchronizing input signal at a frequency that is related to a deflection frequency is provided. A second switching arrangement responsive to the input signal and coupled to the second winding periodically applies a low impedance across the energized second winding that by transformer action produces a substantial increase in the first switching current. A periodic first control signal is generated. The increase in the first switching current is sensed to synchronize the first control signal to the input signal. An output supply voltage is generated from an input supply voltage in accordance with the first control signal.




CIRCUITS DESCRIPTION:

TDA3505 Video control combination circuit with automatic cut-off control


GENERAL DESCRIPTION
The TDA3505 and TDA3506 are monolithic integrated circuits which perform video control functions in a PAL/SECAM
decoder. The TDA3505 is for negative colour difference signals -(R-Y), -(B-Y) and the TDA3506 is for positive colour
difference signals +(R-Y), +(B-Y).
The required input signals are: luminance and colour difference (negative or positive) and a 3-level sandcastle pulse for
control purposes. Linear RGB signals can be inserted from an external source. RGB output signals are available for
driving the video output stages. The circuits provide automatic cut-off control of the picture tube.
Features
· Capacitive coupling of the colour difference and
luminance input signals with black level clamping in the
input stages
· Linear saturation control acting on the colour difference
signals
· (G-Y) and RGB matrix
· Linear transmission of inserted signals
· Equal black levels for inserted and matrixed signals
· 3 identical channels for the RGB signals
· Linear contrast and brightness controls, operating on
both the inserted and matrixed RGB signals
· Peak beam current limiting input
· Clamping, horizontal and vertical blanking of the three
input signals controlled by a 3-level sandcastle pulse
· 3 DC gain controls for the RGB output signals (white
point adjustment)
· Emitter-follower outputs for driving the RGB output
stages
· Input for automatic cut-off control with compensation for
leakage current of the picture tube

Notes
1. < 110 mA after warm-up.
2. Values are proportional to the supply voltage.
3. When V11-24 < 0,4 V during clamping time - the black levels of the inserted RGB signals are clamped on the black
levels of the internal RGB signals.
When V11-24 > 0,9 V during clamping time - the black levels of the inserted RGB signals are clamped on an internal
DC voltage (correct clamping of the external RGB signals is possible only when they are synchronous with the
sandcastle pulse).
4. When pins 21, 22 and 23 are not connected, an internal bias voltage of 5,5 V is supplied.
5. Automatic cut-off control measurement occurs in the following lines after start of the vertical blanking pulse:
line 20: measurement of leakage current (R + G + B)
line 21: measurement of red cut-off current
line 22: measurement of green cut-off current
line 23: measurement of blue cut-off current
6. Black level of the measured channel is nominal; the other two channels are blanked to ultra-black.
7. All three channels blanked to ultra-black.
The cut-off control cycle occurs when the vertical blanking part of the sandcastle pulse contains more than 3 line
pulses.
The internal blanking continues until the end of the last measured line.
The vertical blanking pulse is not allowed to contain more than 34 line pulses, otherwise another control cycle begins.
8. The sandcastle pulse is compared with three internal thresholds (proportional to VP) and the given levels separate
the various pulses.
9. Blanked to ultra-black (-25%).
10. Pulse duration ³ 3,5 ms.


SONY TRINITRON  KV-21XRTA  CHASSIS  SCC-783A-A  (SX)  TDA4555 TDA4556 Multistandard decoder
GENERAL DESCRIPTION
The TDA4555 and TDA4556 are monolithic integrated
multistandard colour decoders for the PAL, SECAM,
NTSC 3,58 MHz and NTSC 4,43 MHz standards. The
difference between the TDA4555 and TDA4556 is the
polarity of the colour difference output signals (B-Y)
and (R-Y).
Features
Chrominance part
· Gain controlled chrominance amplifier for PAL, SECAM
and NTSC
· ACC rectifier circuits (PAL/NTSC, SECAM)
· Burst blanking (PAL) in front of 64 ms glass delay line
· Chrominance output stage for driving the 64 ms glass
delay line (PAL, SECAM)
· Limiter stages for direct and delayed SECAM signal
· SECAM permutator
Demodulator part
· Flyback blanking incorporated in the two synchronous
demodulators (PAL, NTSC)
· PAL switch
· Internal PAL matrix
· Two quadrature demodulators with external reference
tuned circuits (SECAM)
· Internal filtering of residual carrier
· De-emphasis (SECAM)
· Insertion of reference voltages as achromatic value
(SECAM) in the (B-Y) and (R-Y) colour difference output
stages (blanking)
Identification part
· Automatic standard recognition by sequential inquiry
· Delay for colour-on and scanning-on
· Reliable SECAM identification by PAL priority circuit
· Forced switch-on of a standard
· Four switching voltages for chrominance filters, traps
and crystals
· Two identification circuits for PAL/SECAM (H/2) and
NTSC
· PAL/SECAM flip-flop
· SECAM identification mode switch (horizontal, vertical
or combined horizontal and vertical)
· Crystal oscillator with divider stages and PLL circuitry
(PAL, NTSC) for double colour subcarrier frequency
· HUE control (NTSC)
· Service switch.




SONY TRINITRON  KV-21XRTA  CHASSIS  SCC-783A-A  (SX)  TDA1082 East-West correction driver circuit


GENERAL DESCRIPTION
The TDA1082 is a monolithic integrated circuit driving east-west correction of colour tubes in television receivers.
The circuit can be used for class-A and class-D operation and incorporates the following functions:
· differential input amplifier
· squaring stage
· differential output amplifier with driver stage
· protection stage with threshold
· switching off the correction during flyback
· voltage stabilizer.






TDA2595 Horizontal combination

GENERAL DESCRIPTION
The TDA2595 is a monolithic integrated circuit intended for use in colour television receivers.
Features
· Positive video input; capacitively coupled (source impedance < 200 W)
· Adaptive sync separator; slicing level at 50% of sync amplitude
· Internal vertical pulse separator with double slope integrator
· Output stage for vertical sync pulse or composite sync depending on the load; both are switched off at muting
· j1 phase control between horizontal sync and oscillator
· Coincidence detector j3 for automatic time-constant switching; overruled by the VCR switch
· Time-constant switch between two external time-constants or loop-gain; both controlled by the coincidence detector j3
· j1 gating pulse controlled by coincidence detector j3
· Mute circuit depending on TV transmitter identification
· j2 phase control between line flyback and oscillator; the slicing levels for j2 control and horizontal blanking can be set
separately
· Burst keying and horizontal blanking pulse generation, in combination with clamping of the vertical blanking pulse
(three-level sandcastle)
· Horizontal drive output with constant duty cycle inhibited by the protection circuit or the supply voltage sensor
· Detector for too low supply voltage
· Protection circuit for switching off the horizontal drive output continuously if the input voltage is below 4 V or higher
than 8 V
· Line flyback control causing the horizontal blanking level at the sandcastle output continuously in case of a missing
flyback pulse
· Spot-suppressor controlled by the line flyback control.
The phase-lock loop circuit of the video display apparatus is synchronised by a horizontal synchronising input signal. The phase-lock loop circuit includes a frequency-to-voltage converter that is responsive to the synchronising input signal for generating a control voltage indicative of the frequency of the synchronising input signal. A voltage-to-current converter responsive to the control voltage generates a control current that is indicative of the frequency of the input signal. The control current varies the free running frequency of a controlled oscillator of the phase-lock loop circuit. The free running frequency of the oscillator is directly related to the frequency of the input signal. The phase of the output signal of the oscillator is controlled by a second control current that is indicative of the phase difference between the oscillator output signal and the synchronising input signal. When the frequency of the input signal is lower than a predetermined frequency, the first control current is at a level that causes the free running frequency to be above a predetermined minimum frequency.
TDA2545A Quasi-split-sound circuitGENERAL DESCRIPTION The TDA2545A is a monolithic integrated circuit for quasi-split-sound processing in television receivers. Features · 3-stage gain controlled i.f. amplifier · A.G.C. circuit · Reference amplifier and limiter amplifier for vision carrier (V.C.) processing · Linear multiplier for quadrature demodulation.


TDA2541 IF AMPLIFIER WITH DEMODULATOR AND AFC

DESCRIPTION
The TDA2540 and 2541 are IF amplifier and A.M.
demodulator circuits for colour and black and white
televisionreceiversusingPNPorNPNtuners. They
are intended for reception of negative or positive
modulation CCIR standard.
They incorporate the following functions : .Gain controlled amplifier .Synchronous demodulator .White spot inverter .Video preamplifier with noise protection .Switchable AFC .AGC with noise gating .Tuner AGC output (NPN tuner for 2540)-(PNP
tuner for 2541) .VCR switch for video output inhibition (VCR
play back).



 


SONY TRINITRON  KV-21XRTA  CHASSIS  SCC-783A-A  (SX)  uPC1394C SWITCHING REGULATOR IC FOR TV SET

The ,uPC1394C is a switching regurator IC especially designed for TV sets. lt can be used for both type of TV sets, insulated

type and no insulated type.
It operates in synchronizing with the horizontal retrace pulse, so does not generates any visual noise in the picture on CRT.
The output transistor in a powersupply circuit is protected doubly by the internal protection circuit for over load.
ON/OFF operation of the powersupply is able to operated easily without any mechanical relay using provided terminal. So
2 timer operation, remote control and etc. are very easy.
Wide range of regulating input line voltage. : AC 80 to 280 V
The output power transistor is doubly protected by the '
current limitter and the shut down circuit.
I No visual noise due to horizontal synchronous operation.
A terminal for remote control, timer operation and etc.
of the powersupply is provided.
Shut down circuit is easily resetable using ON/OFF

Low stand-by and starting current. (2 mA)






SAA5230 TELETEXT VIDEO PROCESSORDESCRIPTION
The SAA5230 is a bipolar integrated
circuit intended as a successor to
SAA5030. lt extracts teletext data from
the video signal, regenerates teletext
clock, and synchronizes the text display
to the television syncs. The integrated
circuit is intended to work in conjunction
with CCT (SAA5040, Computer Con-
trolled Teletext), EUROM SAA5350 or
other compatible devices.

SAA5230
Teletext Video Processor

FEATURES PIN CONFIGURATION
Adaptive data slicer N Package
Data clock regenerator
Sync separator, line phase svnc our
detector, and 6MHz VCO forming
display phase-locked loop (PLL)
Performs all of the functions of mas

Integration and signal quality
detection zsno LEVEL
» when used with the sAA524o,
microprocessor-controlled
teletext data acquisition system ms;
can be easily implemented
o Good data slicing capability in
the presence of echoes and
noise with high-frequency loss euo gg gn vw
compensation nc in in Tru
0 On-chip clock regeneration
circuitry can operate with
different data rates
0 On-chip PLL allows display to be
easily locked to a VCR
0 Minimal number of external
components/adjustments

APPLICATIONS
0 Teletext
0 Data sllclng and clock
regeneration
0 Phase locking with incoming video.
SONY TRINITRON  KV-21XRTA  CHASSIS  SCC-783A-A  (SX)  SONY DST EHT FBT TRANSFORMER Bobbin structure for high voltage transformers EHT Output.
A coil bobbin for a fly-back transformer or the like having a bobbin proper. A plurality of partition members or flanges are formed on the bobbin proper with a slot between adjacent ones. At least first and second coil units are formed in the bobbin proper, each having several slots, formed between the flanges, and first and second high voltage coils are wound on the first and second coil units in opposite directions, respectively. A rectifying means is connected in series to the first and second coil units, and a cut-off portion or recess is provided on each of the partition members. In this case, a wire lead of the coil units passes from one slot to an adjacent slot through the cut-off portion which is formed as a delta groove, and one side of the delta groove is corresponded to the tangent direction to the winding direction.


1. A fly-back transformer comprising a coil bobbin comprising a plurality of parallel spaced discs with a first adjacent plurality of said disc formed with delta shaped slots having first edges which extend tangentially to a first winding direction and a first winding wound on said first adjacent plurality of said discs in said first winding direction, a second adjacent plurality of said discs formed with delta shaped slots having first edges which extend tangentially to a second winding direction opposite said first winding direction and a second winding wound on said second adjacent plurality of said discs in said second winding direction, a third adjacent plurality of said discs formed with delta shaped slots having first edges which extend tangentially to said first winding direction and a third winding wound on said third adjacent plurality of said discs in said first winding direction and said second plurality of adjacent discs mounted between said first and third plurality of adjacent discs. 2. A fly-back transformer according to claim 1 wherein adjacent ones of said first adjacent plurality of discs are mounted such that their delta shaped slots are orientated 180 degrees relative to each other. 3. A fly-back transformer according to claim 2 including a first winding turning partition mounted between said first and second adjacent plurality of discs and formed with grooves and notches for changing winding direction between said first and second windings and a second winding turning partition mounted between said second and third adjacent plurality of discs and formed with grooves and notches for changing the winding direction between said second and third windings. 4. A fly-back transformer according to claim 3 wherein said first and second winding turning partitions are formed with winding guiding slots for guiding the winding between the first, second and third adjacent plurality of discs. 5. A fly-back transformer according to claim 2 including a first rectifying means connected between one end of said first winding and one end of said second winding, and a second rectifying means connected between the second end of said second winding and one end of said third winding. 6. A fly-back transformer according to claim 5 wherein the second end of said first winding is grounded and a third rectifying means connected between the second end of said third winding and an output terminal.
Description:
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
1. Field of the Invention
The present invention relates generally to a bobbin structure for high voltage transformers, and is directed more particularly to a bobbin structure for high voltage transformer suitable for automatically winding coils thereon.
2. Description of the Prior Art
In the art, when a wire lead is reversely wound on a bobbin separately at every winding block, a boss is provided at every winding block and the wire lead is wound on one block, then one end of the wire lead is tied to the boss where it will be cut off. The end of the wire lead is tied to another boss, and then the wire lead is wound in the opposite direction. Therefore, the prior art winding method requires complicated procedures and the winding of the wire lead cannot be rapidly done and also the winding can not be performed automatically. Further, the goods made by the prior art method are rather unsatisfactory and have a low yield.
OBJECTS AND SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
Accordingly an object of the invention is to provide a coil bobbin for a fly-back transformer or the like by which a wire lead can be automatically wound on winding blocks of the coil bobbin even though the winding direction is different among the different winding blocks.
Another object of the invention is to provide a coil bobbin for a fly-back transformer or the like in which a bridge member and an inverse engaging device for transferring a wire lead from one wiring block to an adjacent wiring block of the coil bobbin and wiring the wire lead in opposite wiring directions between adjacent wiring blocks, and a guide member for positively guiding the wire lead are provided.
According to an aspect of the present invention, a coil bobbin for a fly-back transformer or the like is provided which comprises a plurality of partition members forming a plurality of slots, a first coil unit having several slots on which a first high voltage coil is wound in one winding direction, a second coil unit having several slots on which a second high voltage coil is wound in the other direction, a rectifying means connected in series to the first and second coil units, and a cut-off portion provided on each of the partition members, a wire lead passing from one slot to an adjacent slot through the cut-off portions, each of the cut-off portions being formed as a delta groove, and one side of the delta groove corresponding to a tangent to the winding direction.
The other objects, features and advantages of the present invention will become apparent from the following description taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings through which the like reference numerals and letters designate the same elements and parts, respectively.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
FIG. 1 is a schematic diagram showing the construction of a fly-back transformer;
FIG. 2 is a connection diagram showing an example of the electrical connection of the fly-back transformer shown in FIG. 1;
FIG. 3 is a schematic diagram showing an example of a device for automatically winding a wire lead of the fly-back transformer on its bobbin;
FIG. 4 is a perspective view showing an example of the coil bobbin according to the present invention;
FIG. 5 is a plan view of FIG. 4;
FIGS. 6 and 7 are views used for explaining recesses or cut-off portions shown in FIGS. 4 and 5; and FIGS. 8A and 8B cross-sectional views showing an example of the inverse engaging means according to the present invention.
DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT
When the high voltage winding of a fly-back transformer used in a high voltage generating circuit of a television receiver is divided into plural ones and then wound on a bobbin, the divided windings (divided coils) are connected in series through a plurality of rectifying diodes.
When the winding is divided into, for example, three portions, such as divided coils La, Lb and Lc, they are wound on a bobbin proper 1 from, for example, left to right sequentially in this order as shown in FIG. 1. In this case, if the divided coils La and Lc are selected to have the same sense of turn and the middle coil Lb is selected to have the opposite sense of turn from the coils La and Lc, the distance between the terminal end of coil La and the start of coil Lb and the distance between the terminal end of coil Lb and the start of coil Lc can be got relatively long. Therefore, diodes Da and Db can be mounted by utilizing the space above the block on which the middle coil Lb is wound as shown in FIG. 1, so that it becomes useless to provide spaces for diodes between the divided coils La and Lb and between the divided coils Lb and Lc and hence the bobbin proper 1 can be made compact.
FIG. 2 is a connection diagram showing the connection of the above fly-back transformer. In FIG. 2, reference numeral 2 designates a primary winding (Primary coil) of the fly-back transformer, reference letter L designates its high voltage winding (secondary coil), including divided coils La, Lb and Lc, 3 an output terminal, and 4 a lead wire connected to the anode terminal of a cathode ray tube (not shown), respectively.
An example of the bobbin structure according to the invention, which is suitable to automatically wind coils, which are different in sense of turn in each winding block as shown in FIG. 1, on the bobbin, will be hereinafter described with reference to the drawings.
FIG. 3 is a diagram showing an automatic winding apparatus of a wire lead on a coil bobbin. If it is assumed that the wire lead is wound in the order of winding blocks A, B and C in FIG. 1 and the wire lead is wound on the block A with the bobbin proper 1 being rotated in the counter-clockwise direction as shown in FIG. 3, the relation between the bobbin proper 1 and the wire lead becomes as shown in FIG. 3. In this figure, reference numeral 6 designates a bobbin for feeding the wire lead.
Turning to FIG. 4, an example 10 of the bobbin structure or coil bobbin according to the present invention will be described now. In this example, the winding blocks A, B and C for the divided coils La, Lb and Lc are respectively divided into plural slots or sections by plural partition members or flanges 11, and a cut-off portion or recess 12 is formed on each of the flanges 11 through which the wire lead in one section is transferred to the following winding section.
As shown in FIG. 6, each recess 12 is so formed that its one side extends in the direction substantially coincident with the tangent to the circle of the bobbin proper 1 and its direction is selected in response to the sense of turn of the winding or wire lead. In this case, the direction of recess 12 means the direction of the opening of recess 12, and the direction of recess 12 is selected opposite to the sense of turn of the winding in the present invention.
Now, recesses 12A, which are formed in the winding block A, will be now described by way of example. The positions of recesses 12A formed on an even flange 11Ae and an odd flange 11A 0 are different, for example, about 180° as shown in FIGS. 6A and 6B. Since the bobbin proper 1 is rotated in the counter-clockwise direction in the winding block A and hence the sense of turn of the wire lead is in the clockwise direction, the recess 12A is formed on the even flange 11Ae at the position shown in FIG. 6A. That is, the direction of recess 12A is inclined with respect to the rotating direction of bobbin proper 1 as shown in FIG. 6A. In this case, one side 13a of recess 12A is coincident with the tangent to the circle of bobbin proper 1, while the other side 13b of recess 12A is selected to have an oblique angle with respect to the side 13a so that the recess 12A has a predetermined opening angle.
The opening angle of recess 12A is important but the angle between the side 13a of recess 12A and the tangent to the circle of bobbin proper 1 is also important in the invention. When the wire lead is bridged or transferred from one section to the following section through the recess 12A, the wire lead in one section advances to the following section in contact with the side 13a of recess 12A since the bobbin proper 1 is rotated. In the invention, if the side 13a of recess 12A is selected to be extended in the direction coincident with the tangent to the circle of bobbin proper 1, the wire lead can smoothly advance from one section to the next section without being bent.
In the invention, since the middle divided coil Lb is wound opposite to the divided coil La, a recess 12B provided on each of flanges 11B of the winding block B is formed to have an opening opposite to that of recess 12A formed in the winding block A as shown in FIGS. 6C and 6D.
As shown in FIG. 5, terminal attaching recesses 14 are provided between the winding blocks A and B to which diodes are attached respectively. In the illustrated example of FIG. 5, a flange 15AB is formed between the flanges 11A 0 and 11B 0 of winding blocks A and B, and the recesses 14 are formed between the flanges 11A 0 and 15AB and between 15AB and 11B 0 at predetermined positions. Then, terminal plates 16, shown in FIG. 4, are inserted into the recesses 14 and then fixed there to, respectively. The terminal plates 16 are not shown in FIG. 5. Between the winding blocks B and C and between the blocks A and B, similar terminal attaching recesses 14 are formed, and terminal plates 16 are also inserted thereinto and then fixed thereto.
As described above, since the divided coil Lb is wound opposite to the divided coils La and Lc, it is necessary that the winding direction of the wire lead be changed when the wire lead goes from the block A to block B and also from the block B to block C, respectively.
Turning to FIG. 7, an example of the winding or wire lead guide means according to the present invention will be now described. In FIG. 7, there are mainly shown a bridge member for the wire lead and an inverse member or means for the wire lead which are provided between the winding blocks A and B. At first, a bridge means 20 and its guide means 21, which form the bridge member, will be described. The bridge means 20 is provided by forming a cut-out portion or recess in the middle flange 15AB located between the winding blocks A and B. In close relation to the bridge means or recess 20, the guide means 21 is provided on a bridge section X A at the side of block A. This guide means 21 is formed as a guide piece which connects an edge portion 20a of recess 20 at the winding direction side to the flange 11A 0 of block A in the oblique direction along the winding direction through the section X A .
Next, an inverse engaging means 22 will be now described with reference to FIGS. 7 and 8. If the flange 11B 0 of FIG. 7 is viewed from the right side, the inverse engaging means 22 can be shown in FIG. 8A. In this case, the tip end of one side 13a of recess 12B 1 is formed as a projection which is extended outwards somewhat beyond the outer diameter of flange 11B 0 . The inverse engaging means 22 may take any configuration but it is necessary that when the rotating direction of the bobbin proper 1 is changed to the clockwise direction, the wire lead can be engaged with the recess 12B 1 or projection of one side 13a and then suitably transferred to the next station.
Another guide means 23 is provided on a bridge section X B at the side of winding block B in close relation to the inverse engaging means 22. The guide means 23 is formed as a guide surface which is a projected surface from the bottom surface of section X B and extended obliquely in the winding direction. This guide means or guide surface 23 is inclinded low into the means 22 and has an edge 23a which is continuously formed between the middle flange 15AB and the flange 11B 0 .
In this case, it is possible that the guide means 21 and guide surface 23 are formed to be the same in construction. That is, both the guide means 21 and 23 can be made of either the guide piece, which crosses the winding section or guide surface projected upwards from the bottom surface of the winding section. It is sufficient if the guide means 21 and 23 are formed to smoothly transfer the wire lead from one section to the next section under the bobbin proper 1 being rotated.
Although not shown, in connection with the middle flange 15BC between the winding blocks B and C, there are provided similar bridge means 20, guide means 21, inverse engaging means 22 and another guide means 23, respectively. In this case, since the winding direction of the wire lead is reversed, the forming directions of the means are reverse but their construction is substantially the same as that of the former means. Therefore, their detailed description will be omitted.
According to the bobbin structure of the invention with the construction set forth above, the wire lead, which is transferred from the block A to the section X A by the rotation of bobbin proper 1, is wound on the section X B from the section X A after being guided by the guide piece 21 to the recess 20 provided on the middle flange 15AB, and then transferred to the recess 22 provided on the flange 11B 0 guide surface 23, bridged once to the first section of winding block B through the recess 22 (refer to dotted lines b in FIG. 7). Then, if the rotating direction of the bobbin proper 1 is reversed, the wire lead is engaged with the bottom of recess 22 (refer to solid lines b in FIG. 7). Thus, if the above reverse rotation of bobbin proper 1 is maintained, the wire lead is wound on the block B in the direction reverse to that of block A. When the wire lead is transferred from the block B to block C, the same effect as that above is achieved. Therefore, according to the present invention, the wire lead can be automatically and continuously wound on the bobbin proper 1.
After the single wire lead is continuously wound on blocks A, B and C of bobbin proper 1 as set forth above, the wire lead is cut at the substantially center of each of its bridging portions. Then, the cut ends of the wire lead are connected through diodes Da, Db and Dc at the terminal plates 16, respectively by solder.
In the present invention, the projection piece, which has the diameter greater than that of the flange 11B, is provided in the bridge recess 12 to form the inverse engaging means 22 as described above, so that when the winding direction is changed, the wire lead engages with the inverse engaging means 22 without errors when reversing the winding direction of the wire lead.
If the diameter of the projection piece of means 22 is selected, for example, to be the same as that of the flange 11B, it will not be certain that the wire lead engages with the means 22 because it depends upon the extra length of the wire lead and hence errors in winding cannot be positively avoided.
Further, in this invention, the bridge means is provided on the flange positioned at the bridging portion of the bobbin which has a number of dividing blocks separated by flanges, and the inverse engaging means is provided and also the guide means is provided at the former winding section to cooperate with the inverse engaging means. Therefore, the wire lead can be positively fed to the bridge means, and the transfer of the wire lead to the following winding section can be carried out smoothly.
Further, in this invention since one side of the recess 12 is selected coincident with the tangent of the outer circle of the bobbin proper 1 and also with the winding direction, the wire lead can be smoothly bridged to the following section. Due to the fact that the direction of recess 12 is changed in response to the winding direction, even if there is a block on which the wire lead is wound in the opposite direction to that of the other block, the wire lead can be continuously and automatically wound through the respective blocks.
The above description is given for the case where the present invention is applied to the coil bobbin for the high voltage winding of a fly-back transformer, but it will be clear that the present invention can be applied to other coil bobbins which require divided windings thereon with the same effects.
It will be apparent that many modifications and variations could be effected by one skilled in the art without departing from the spirits or scope of the novel concepts of the present invention, so that the spirits or scope of the invention should be determined by the appended claims only.


SONY TRINITRON  KV-21XRTA  CHASSIS  SCC-783A-A  (SX)  Television receiver which can indicate the numeral of a channel SONY On Screen Display TECHNOLOGY.

A television receiver having a CPU (central processing unit), a ROM (read only memory) in which a program and a font data are written, and a RAM (random access memory) for work area and a shift register. The font data to be indicated as a channel numeral is loaded to the shift register by an interrupt procedure and the output from the shift register is supplied to the video signal system whereby to indicate the channel numeral after the channel is changed.



1. A television receiver for receiving a video signal that includes a synchronizing signal, said receiver comprising:
a central processing unit having an interrupt function;
bus means connected to said central processing unit;
read only memory means connected to said central processing unit through said bus means and containing a control program to be executed by said central processing unit;
random access memory means connected to said central processing unit through said bus means and used as a work area of said central processing unit;
channel selecting means connected to said central processing unit through said bus means for selecting one of a plurality of channels;
control signal receiving circuit means connected to said central processing unit through said bus means for receiving a control signal and controlling said channel selecting means;
shift register means connected to said central processing unit through said bus means;
clock pulse generating means for supplying a clock pulse to said shift register means synchronized with the synchronizing signal of said video signal and generating a serial signal representing a character pattern from said shift register means; and
mixing means for mixing said video signal and said serial signal;
said control program in said read only memory means containing font data to be displayed, a main program for decoding said control signal and controlling said channel selecting means, and an interrupt program for loading the font data from said read only memory means into said shift register means.
2. A television receiver according to claim 1; further comprising an integrated circuit chip, said central processing unit, said bus means, said read only memory means, said random access memory means and said shift register means being formed on said chip. 3. A television receiver according to claim 1; wherein said synchronizing signal includes a horizontal synchronizing pulse, said central processing unit is interrupted by said horizontal synchronizing pulse, and said interrupt program is started by said horizontal synchronizing pulse. 4. A television receiver according to claim 3; wherein a horizontal trace period follows said synchronizing signal and said font data from said read only memory means is loaded into said shift register means during a first portion of the horizontal trace period and said serial signal is generated during a second portion of the horizontal trace period.
Description:
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
1. Field of the Invention
The present invention relates generally to a television receiver and more particularly is directed to a television receiver which can indicate the numeral of a channel after the channel is changed.
2. Description of the Prior Art
There is proposed a television receiver in which when a channel is changed, the numeral indicative of the channel after the channel is changed is indicated on the screen of a cathode ray tube during a predetermined period. Such previously proposed television receiver is disclosed in U.S. Pat. No. 3,748,645, U.S. Pat. No. 3,812,285 and so on. A conventional channel indicator used in such television receiver requires a special LSI (large scale integration) chip to indicate the numeral of the channel. However, such LSI chip requires a substantial investment in time and money from its designing to the completion, and when the designing thereof is changed midway, it is quite difficult to cope with such change.
Moreover, it is difficult to give an individuality to the character pattern of the numeral indicating the channel. Furthermore, the number of ICs (integrated circuits) is increased and hence the manufacturing cost is inevitably raised.
OBJECTS AND SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
Accordingly, it is an object of the present invention to provide an improved television receiver which is free from the problem inherent to the prior art.
It is another object of the present invention to provide a television receiver which can indicate the numeral of a channel after the channel is changed by employing a microcomputer.
It is still another object of the present invention to provide a television receiver in which an individuality can easily be given to the character pattern of the numeral of a channel to be indicated.
It is further object of the present invention to provide a television receiver which can reduce the number of integrated circuits.
According to one aspect of the present invention, there is provided a television receiver comprising:
(a) a central processing unit having an interrupt function;
(b) a bus means connected to said central processing unit;
(c) a read only memory means connected to said central processing unit through said bus means and containing a control program to be executed by said central processing unit;
(d) a random access memory means connected to said central processing unit through said bus means and used as a work area of said central processing unit;
(e) a channel selecting means connected to said central processing unit through said bus means for selecting one of a plurality of channels and producing a video signal; and
(f) a control signal receiving circuit means connected to said central processing unit through said bus means for receiving a control signal and controlling said channel selecting means;
characterized in that said television receiver comprises:
(g) a shift register means connected to said central processing unit through said bus means;
(h) a clock pulse generating means for supplying a clock pulse to said shift register means synchronized with the synchronizing signal of said video signal and generating a serial signal representing a character pattern from said shift register;
(i) a mixing means for mixing said video signal and said serial signal; and
(j) an interrupt means for interrupting an operation of said central processing unit synchronized with a synchronizing pulse of the video signal, said control program in said read only memory means containing a font data to be displayed, a main program for decoding said control signal and controlling said channel selecting means, and an interrupt program for loading the font data from said read only memory means to said shift register means.
The other objects, features and advantages of the present invention will become apparent from the following description taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings through which the like references designate the same elements and parts.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
FIG. 1 is a schematic block diagram of an embodiment of a television receiver according to the present invention;
FIG. 2 is a table showing a 16-bit font data used in the present invention;
FIG. 3 is a diagram showing a screen of the television receiver of the present invention on which a numeral of channel is indicated and waveforms of pulses used in explanation thereof;
FIG. 4 is a diagram showing the format of a remote control signal used in the present invention; and
FIGS. 5 to 8 are respectively flow charts used to explain the operation of the present invention.
DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT
Now, an embodiment of a television receiver according to the present invention will hereinafter be described with reference to the attached drawings.
In FIG. 1 showing an example of the present invention, reference numeral 10 generally designates a video signal system, 11 a tuner, 12 a video intermediate frequency (VIF) amplifier, 13 a video detecting circuit, 14 a video amplifier and 15 a cathode ray tube, respectively. In this case, the tuner 11 is formed as an electronic tuning system which can receive the video signal of a desired channel by changing a value of a tuning voltage Ec supplied thereto.
Reference numeral 20 generally designates a microcomputer, 21 a 4-bit parallel CPU (central processing unit), 22 a ROM (read only memory) in which a program and a font data for indicating a numeral of a channel are written or stored, 23 a RAM (random access memory) for a work area and 31 to 36 input/output ports. These circuits 22 to 36 are connected through a bus 24 to the CPU 21.
Reference numeral 37 designates a 16-bit serial/parallel input and serial output shift register. This shift register 37 is used to generate a signal Sn which indicates the numeral of the channel. To the shift register 37 loaded line by line in parallel is a 16-bit font data indicating the numeral of a channel as, for example, shown in FIG. 2 from the port 32. The font data loaded to the shift register 37 is delievered therefrom in series from MSB (most significant bit) as the signal Sn. At that time, the serial input terminal of the shift register 37 is made at "0" level.
The signal Sn derived from the shift register 37 is supplied to the video amplifier 14 in which the signal Sn is composed on or mixed with the video signal.
The microcomputer 20 together with this shift register 37 is formed as one chip IC (integrated circuit).
Reference numeral 41 designates a D/A (digital-to-analog) converter. The output from the port 31 is supplied to this D/A converter 41 from which the tuning voltage Ec is derived. This tuning voltage Ec is supplied to the tuner 11.
Reference numeral 42 designates a receiving element which receives a remote control signal and 43 its receiving circuit connected thereto. When the remote control signal is, for example, an infrared remote control signal, the receiving element 42 is formed as an infrared ray receiving element and the receiving circuit 43 generates a remote control signal Sr. This remote control signal Sr is the signal which corresponds to an output from a remote control signal transmitter (not shown) and has a format as, for example, shown in FIG. 4. Namely, in this remote control signal, a guide pulse having a pulse width of 2400 μsec exists in the beginning and code pulses of 16 bits from b 0 to b 15 follow the guide pulse with an interval of 600 μsec. In this case the code pulses b 0 to b 15 indicate "0" or "1" in respose to the content of the remote control. When "0", the pulse width is selected as 600 μsec, while when "1", the pulse width is selected as 1200 μsec. This remote control signal Sr is supplied to the port 33.
Reference numeral 44 designates a non-volatile memory which is connected to the port 34 and in which a digital value of the tuning voltage Ec at each channel is stored. Reference numeral 45 designates an input key which is used to change the channel, the sound volume and so on, in which the dynamic scan is carried out by the output from the port 35, and the switching output from which is inputted to the port 36 to detect which key is operated.
Reference numeral 51 designates a synchronizing (sync) separating circuit to which the video signal from the video detector circuit 13 is supplied and from which a vertical synchronizing pulse Pv and a horizontal synchronizing pulse Ph are derived respectively. These pulses Pv and Ph are supplied to the CPU 21 as interrputing signals H-INT and V-INT. The pulse Ph is supplied to a monostable multivibrator 52 which generates a pulse P 52 which becomes "1" from a falling down or trailing edge time point t 1 of the pulse Ph to a start time point t 2 of the display period of the numeral of the channel as shown in FIG. 3 (in which reference numeral 151 designates the screen of the cathode ray tube). This pulse P 52 is supplied to a gated oscillating circuit 53 as its oscillating control signal so that from the gated oscillating circuit 53 is derived an oscillating pulse P 53 during the period from t 2 to t 4 in which the pulse P 52 is "0" as shown in FIG. 3. This pulse P 53 is supplied to the shift register 37 as the clock. At that time, the frequency of the pulse P 53 is selected as a value corresponding to a dot pitch in the lateral direction of the numeral of the channel to be indicated.
Accordingly, since the font data on, for example, the first line in FIG. 2 is loaded to the shift register 37 during the first half period from t 1 to t 2 of the 45th horizontal trace period, this font data is extracted from the shift register 37 as the serial signal Sn in response to the pulse P 53 during the second half period from t 2 to t 3 of the above horizontal trace period and then supplied to the video amplifier 14, the numeral of the channel on the first line is indicated on the screen 151 in the interval corresponding to the period from t 2 to t 3 of the 45th line. Although during the period from t 3 to t 4 the pulse P 53 is supplied to the shift register 37, the serial input terminal of the shift register 37 is at "0" level and this "0" level is derived from the shift register 37 during the period from t 3 to t 4 so that no numeral of the channel is indicated on the screen 151 in the interval corresponding to the period from t 3 to t 4 .
When such operation is performed for the 45th to 51st horizontal lines by employing the font data on the 1st to 7th lines shown in FIG. 2, the channel numeral corresponding to the font data in FIG. 2 is displayed as shown in FIG. 3. If the data of all "0" is loaded to the shift register 37 as the font data, the channel numeral is not indicated.
FIGS. 5 to 8 respectively show flow charts of the programs written in the ROM 22 and FIG. 5 shows the main routine thereof.
This main routine shown in FIG. 5 starts from a step 501 and in a step 502 the initializing is carried out. Thus, a flag FLG, a buffer BUFF and counters CHCNT, HCNT and WCNT are set in, for example, the RAM 23 and these are all reset (cleared) to "0".
A step 503 is such a step in which the existence or not of the remote control signal Sr is judged by the existence or not of the guide pulse, namely, by detecting whether the "1" level of the signal Sr lasts 2400 μsec or not. A step 504 is such a step which judges whether or not there is the input to the key 45, and a step 531 is such a step which judges whether the counter CHCNT is "0" or not. Consequently, when powered, CHCNT=0 is established in the step 502 so that the loop of step 503➝step 504➝step 531➝step 503 is repeated to thereby poll the input of the remote control signal Sr and the input from the key 45. In this case, the counter CHCNT serves as a flag indicative of the existence or not of the request for changing the channel and a timer for setting the displaying period of the channel numeral.
When the remote control signal Sr exists, the bits b 0 to b 15 of the signal Sr are latched in a step 800 and the step is moved to a step 511. Also when an input exists in the step 504, the step 504 moves to the step 511, too. In the step 511, it is judged whether the remote control input in the step 800 and the key input in the step 504 are the commands for changing the channel or not.
When the above inputs are the command for changing the channel, the counter CHCNT is set to "1" in a next step 512. Subsequently, in a step 513, on the basis of the channel data indicated by the remote control signal Sr inputted at the step 800 and the key input in the step 504, a digital tuning voltage data E D for tuning to the channel is read out from the non-volatile memory 44 (see FIG. 1). This digital tuning voltage data E D is outputted to the port 31 in a step 514. Thus, by the analog tuning voltage Ec from the D/A converter 41, the television receiver is set in the receiving state of the channel inputted in the step 800 or 504, thereafter.
In a step 515, from the ROM 22, a font data (data as, for example, shown in FIG. 2) displayed as a numeral of a new channel after the channel is changed is loaded to the buffer BUFF. Although the detail will be described later, the font data in the buffer BUFF is sequentially loaded line by line to the shift register 37 during the 45th to 51st horizontal trace period t 1 to t 2 of each field in accordance with a subroutine 700 shown in FIG. 7. As a result, the channel numeral after the channel is changed is indicated on the screen 151.
When the channel numeral is indicated on the screen 151, the procedure step is returned to the step 503. At that time, since CHCNT=1 is established in the step 512, the procedure step is moved in the order of the step 503➝the step 504➝the step 531➝a step 532. In this step 532, the counter CHCNT is incremented by "1" and in a next step 533, whether the count CHCNT reaches a predetermined value MAX or not is checked where the value MAX is the value corresponding to the period during which the channel numeral is displayed upon changing the channel.
And, if CHCNT
When CHCNT=MAX is esbalished, the buffer BUFF is cleared to "0" in a step 541. Therefore, since "0" is loaded through the buffer BUFF to the shift register 37 as the font data, Sn="0" is established thereafter so that the channel numeral is not indicated any more.
In a next step 542, the counter CHCNT is reset to "0" and the procedure step is returned to the step 503.
As described above, when the channel change data is inputted, the channel is changed and the channel numeral after the channel is changed is indicated during a constant period.
When the inputs in the steps 800 and 504 are not the commands for changing the channel but the commands for changing, for example, the sound volume, in a step 521 the counter CHCNT is reset to "0" and then in a step 522, the operation based on the commands inputted in the steps 800 and 504 is carried out. The circuitry for executing the procedure except for changing the channel can be made the same as in the prior art and hence it is omitted to show the same in FIG. 1.
On the other hand, FIGS. 6 and 7 respectively show subroutines in which the font data in the buffer BUFF is loaded to the shift register 37. The subroutine 600 shown in FIG. 6 is the interrupt subroutine which is executed when the interrupt procedure is executed by the vertical synchronizing pulse Pv. When the vertical synchronizing pulse Pv is supplied to the CPU 21, this subroutine 600 starts from a step 601 and in a step 602, the counter HCNT is reset to "0". In a step 603, the subroutine 600 is ended and returned to the original main routine.
Accordingly, by this subroutine 600, the counter HCNT is reset to "0" at every start point of each field.
The subroutine 700 shows in FIG. 7 is the interrupt subroutine which is executed when the interrupt procedure is executed by the horizontal synchronizing pulse Ph. When the horizontal synchronizing pulse Ph is supplied to the CPU 21, the subroutine 700 starts from a step 701 and in a step 702, a flag FLG indicative of whether the subroutine 700 is executed or not is set to "1". Then, in a step 703, the counter HCNT is incremented by "1". In this case, since the counter HCNT is reset to "0" by the subroutine 600 at every start point of each field and the subroutine 700 is executed at each horizontal syncronizing pulse Ph, the counter HCNT indicates the line number of the horizontal line at each field period.
In a next step 704, the magnitude of the counter HCNT is checked. When 45≤HCNT≤51, in a step 711, the font data in the buffer BUFF (the data as, for example, shown in FIG. 2) is loaded line by line to the shift register 37 from the buffer BUFF each time when the counter HCNT is incremented by "1" each (at every horizontal lines). On the other hand, when 45≤HCNT≤51 is not established, in a step 721, all "0" is loaded to the shift register 37. Then, the subroutine 700 is ended at a next step 712 and returned to the original main routine.
If necessary, the subroutine 700 is provided with a timer routine by which the duration of time necessary for completing the subroutine 700 is set as 40 μsec (the period shorter than the period from t 1 to t 2 ).
Consequently, during the period from t 1 to t 2 in the 45th to 51st horizontal trace periods, by the subroutine 700 the data in the buffer BUFF is loaded to the shift register 37. Then, if the data loaded to the shift register 37 is the font data, the channel numeral is indicated during the period from t 2 to t 3 . While during the period from t 1 to t 2 in other horizontal trace period, the data indicative of all "0" is loaded to the shift register 37 from the buffer BUFF so that the channel numeral during the period t 2 to t 3 is not displayed.
Upon changing the channel, during the predetermined period, the font data regarding the channel numeral after the channel is changed is loaded to the buffer BUFF in the step 515. After that, since the data indicative of all "0" is loaded to the buffer BUFF in the step 541, in accordance with the subroutine 700, during the predetermined period from the change of the channle, the channel numeral after the channel is changed is indicated on the screen 151 as shown in FIG. 3. After the predetermined period elapses, the display is not carried out any more.
FIG. 8 shows a subroutine 800 which is used to read the remote control signal Sr. This subroutine 800 starts from a step 801. In a next step 802, a pointer i is reset to "0" and in a succeeding step 811, a delay corresponding to the "0" level period of 600 μsec between the trailing edge of the guide pulse and the rising edge of the bit b 0 (see FIG. 4) is carried out. Further, in a next step 821, the counter WCNT is reset to "0". In this case, the pointer i indicates a particular bit of the bits b 0 to b 15 of the remote control signal Sr and i=0 to 15. Also, the counter WCNT is used to check the respective pulse widths of the bits b 0 to b 15 .
After the delay of 70 μsec is performed in a succeeding step 822, whether the flag FLG is "0" or "1" is checked in a next step 823. When FLG=0, namely, the interrupt procedure is not executed, the counter WCNT is incremented by "1" in a following step 824. When FLG=1, namely, the interrupt procedure is executed, the counter WCNT is incremented by "2" in a step 825 and the processing time due to the interrupt procedure is corrected. Thereafter, the flag FLG is reset to "0" in a next step 826. Then, in a step 827, it is checked whether the level of ith bit of the remote control signal Sr reaches the "0" level or not, namely, whether ith bit is ended or not. When ith bit is not ended, the step 827 returns to the step 822, while when ended, the step 827 advances to a step 831.
Accordingly, during the period in which the level of ith bit of the signal Sr is at the "1" level, the loop from the steps 822 to 827 is repeated. Upon repeating the loop from the steps 822 to 827, if the interrupt subroutine 700 is not executed at all, the FLG=0. Therefore, in the steps 822 and 824, the counter WCNT is incremented by "1" each at every 40 μsec. Thus, at the time when the above loop is ended, if ith bit is "0" (namely, the pulse width is 600 μsec), WCNT=15, while if ith bit is "1" (namely, the pulse width is 1200 μsec), WCNT=30 (the processing time necessary for other steps is neglected for simplicity).
Upon repeating this loop from the steps 822 to 827, if the interrupt subroutine 700 is executed, 40 μsec is consumed to execute such subroutine. This is the same as that necessary for executing the step 822 once. Also, at that time, since FLG=1 (step 702), the counter WCNT is incremented by "2" in the step 825. As a result, at the time when this loop is ended, if ith bit is "0", WCNT=15, while if ith bit is "1", WCNT=30.
After the above loop is ended, the counter WCNT is checked in the step 831. If WCNT≤15, the level "0" of ith bit is set in the RAM 23 in a step 832, while if WCNT>15, the level "1" of ith bit is set in the RAM 23 in a step 833. In a next step 834, whether the above procedure is executed for all the bits of the remote control signal Sr or not is checked by the pointer i. When the above procedure is not yet executed for all the bits, the pointer i is incremented by "1" in a step 835 and then the step 835 returns to the step 811. On the contrary, when the above procedure is executed for all the bits, the step 834 advances to a step 841.
In the step 841, the remote control signal Sr is judged on the basis of the data in the steps 832 and 833. And, in a step 842, this subroutine 800 is ended and returned to the original main routine.
As set forth above, according to the present invention, it is possible to perform the change of the channel and to indicate the channel numeral at that time. In this case, particularly in accordance with the present invention, the change of the channel and the indication of the channel numeral after the channel is changed are carried out by the use of the ordinary microcomputer 20 so that the time and cost necessary from designing to completing can be reduced extremely. Moreover, when the designing is changed in the midway thereof, the designing can be changed with ease.
Further, the individuality can be given to the character pattern of the numeral of the channel to be indicated with ease. Also, since the number of the ICs can be reduced, this is advantageous for reducing the manufacturing cost and for increasing reliablity.
In addition, in the above description, it is possible to provide the steps 531 to 542 in the subroutine 600.
The above description is given on a single preferred embodiment of the invention, but it will be apparent that many modifications and variations could be effected by one skilled in the art without departing from the spirits or scope of the novel concepts of the invention, so that the scope of the invention should be determined by the appended claims only.

SONY Automatic pre-programming system for TV receiver/ Automatically presetting channel Program selecting system :

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A channel selecting system for use in a receiver having a voltage controlled tuning element which has an automatic channel presetting function which utilizes a pulse generator and a binary counter connected to the generator to count the pulses and to generate a binary coded output in accordance with the sum of the pulses. A digital-to-analog converter changes the binary coded output into a linearly increasing tuning sweep voltage which in turn conditions the voltage controlled tuning element to scan the frequency range of the tuner as the tuning voltage increases. As the frequencies are scanned, a detector, connected to the tuning element, senses the presence of a broadcast channel. When a channel is detected, the scan is interrupted and a binary memory is utilized to store the binary coded output which corresponds to the frequency of the detected broadcast channel. A control gate signal generator driven by the detector controls the pulse generator and memory such that the scan is continued until the entire frequency range has been scanned. Channel selection is accomplished by switch means actuatable to address the memory to read out a selected binary code output corresponding to the channel desired which causes the converter to generate a voltage to condition the tuning element to tune to the desired frequency. The voltage control tuning element may comprise several different elements, one for each of a plurality of different frequency ranges. Means are provided for selecting an appropriate tuner such that channels from any of the frequency ranges may be selected. "

An automatic tuning scheme for use in TV receivers includes a start/stop circuit which creates a search start signal and a search stop signal upon the receipt of a search start instruction and a detected incoming signal, respectively, a tuning voltage generator which generates a gradually varying tuning voltage under control of the search start signal and search stop signal, and a memory circuit for storing the tuning voltage from the generator when desired. The tuning voltage stored in the memory circuit is supplied to a tuner including a well known voltage-sensitive capacitance diode.

1. An automatic tuning scheme for use in TV receivers including an AFT detector comprising:
start/stop circuit means for creating a search start signal and a search stop signal upon the receipt of a search start instruction and the presence of a detected incoming signal, respectively, the presence of a detected incoming signal being determined at least in part in response to an output of said AFT detector;
tuning voltage generator means for generating a gradually varying tuning voltage under control of the search start signal and search stop signal;
memory circuit means for storing the tuning voltage from said tuning voltage generator means;
signal decision circuit means for determining whether the detected incoming signal is a true television signal including a television synchronizing signal by detecting the presence of the television synchronizing signal and the search stop signal, said signal decision circuit means providing a memory store instruction for the memory circuit means in the presence of the true television signal and providing a search re-start instruction for the start/stop circuit means in the absence of the true television signal, the tuning voltage stored in the memory circuit means being supplied to a tuner including a voltage-sensitive capacitance diode.
2. The automatic tuning scheme according to claim 1 further comprising a memory skip circuit for inhibiting the supply of the memory store instruction to the memory circuit and skipping an undesired broadcasting station. 3. An automatic tuning scheme for use in TV receivers including an AFT detector comprising:
start/stop circuit means for creating a search start signal and a search stop signal upon the receipt of a search start instruction and a detected incoming signal, respectively;
tuning voltage generator means for generating a gradually varying tuning voltage under control of the search start signal and search stop signal;
memory circuit means for storing the tuning voltage from the tuning voltage generator means
means for detecting the presence of synchronizing signals within the detected incoming signal;
noise skip circuit means which determines whether the detected synchronizing signal is a true synchronizing signal or noise and provides a search re-start instruction for the start/stop circuit means in the presence of noise; and
signal decision circuit means for determining whether there is a true television signal by counting the number of the true synchronizing signals derived from the noise skip circuit means and counting a predetermined number of the true synchronizing signals in a predetermined period of time, and then providing a memory store instruction for the memory circuit means in the presence of the true television signal and a search re-start instruction to the start/stop circuit means in the absence thereof, the tuning voltage stored in the memory circuit means being supplied to a tuner.
4. In an automatic tuning scheme for use in TV receivers including an AFT detector, which produces search start and stop signals upon receipt of a search start instruction and a detected incoming signal, a combination comprising:
means for detecting the presence of synchronizing signals within the detected incoming signal;
noise skip circuit means for determining whether the synchronizing signal is a true synchronizing signal or noise and provides a search restart instruction to said tuning scheme in the presence of noise; and
means for adjusting a skip level in the noise skip circuit means in accordance with the intensity of the detected incoming signal.
5. An automatic tuning scheme for use in TV receivers including an AFT detector comprising:
start/stop circuit means which creates a search start signal and a search stop signal upon the receipt of a search start instruction and a detected incoming signal, respectively;
tuning voltage generator means for generating a gradually varying tuning voltage under control of the search start signal and search stop signal;
memory circuit means for storing the tuning voltage from the generator, the tuning voltage stored in the memory circuit means being supplied to a tuner;
speed changer means for reducing the rate of variation in the tuning voltage derived from the tuning voltage generator means to enable a low speed searching operation slower than that of the normal searching operations when detecting an AFT detector output;
means for detecting the presence of synchronizing signals within the detected incoming signal; and
means for determining whether the synchronizing signal is a true synchronizing signal or noise and providing a search re-start instruction to said tuning scheme in the presence of noise.
6. An automatic tuning scheme for use in TV receivers including an AFT detector comprising:
start/stop circuit means for creating a search start signal and a search stop signal upon the receipt of a search start instruction and a detected incoming signal, respectively;
tuning voltage generator means for generating a gradually varying tuning voltage under control of the search start signal and search stop signal;
memory circuit means for storing the tuning voltage from the tuning voltage generator means, the tuning voltage stored in the memory circuit means being supplied to a tuner; and
speed changer means for reducing the rate of variation in the tuning voltage derived from the tuning voltage generator means to enable a low speed searching operation slower than that of the normal searching operation when detecting an AFT detector output, the direction of variation of the tuning voltage being reversed in accordance with the polarity of the AFT detector output.
7. An automatic tuning scheme for use in TV receivers including an AFT detector comprising:
start/stop circuit means for creating a search start signal and a search stop signal upon the receipt of a search start instruction and a detected incoming signal, respectively;
tuning voltage generator means for generating a gradually varying tuning voltage under control of the search start signal and search stop signal;
memory circuit means for storing the tuning voltage from the tuning voltage generator means, the tuning voltage stored in the memory circuit means being supplied to a tuner;
out-of-tuning detector means for supplying a search re-start signal to the start/stop circuit means when detecting the out-of-tuning condition;
means for detecting the presence of synchronizing signals within the detected incoming signal; and
means for determining whether the synchronizing signal is a true synchronizing signal or noise and providing a search re-start instruction to said tuning scheme in response thereto.
8. The automatic tuning scheme according to claim 7 wherein the out-of-tuning condition is sensed by comparing the AFT detector output to a given reference voltage. 9. An automatic tuning scheme for use in TV receivers including an AFT detector comprising:
start/stop circuit means for creating a search start signal and a search stop signal upon the receipt of a search start instruction and a detected incoming signal, respectively;
tuning voltage generator means for generating a gradually varying tuning voltage under control of the search start signal and search stop signal;
means for detecting the presence of synchronizing signals within the detected incoming signal; and
means for determining whether the detected synchronizing signal is a true synchronizing signal or noise and providing a search re-start instructions to said tuning scheme in the presence of noise.
10. The automatic tuning scheme according to claim 9 further comprising alarm means enabled by the tuning instruction for notifying the operator of the automatic tuning operation. 11. The automatic tuning scheme according to claim 10 wherein said alarm means release alarm signals in the form of sound. 12. The automatic tuning scheme according to claims 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, or 9 wherein the reception of a true television signal is determined by the use of said true synchronizing signal and an AFT output.
Description:
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
The present invention relates to an automatic pre-programming tuning circuit which performs tuning operation automatically.
It is customary to perform the tuning operations in TV receivers while a viewer manually rotates a tuning knob. However, the tuning operation is bothersome particularly in case of the continuously varying tuning operation such as in UHF reception. Though tuning operation is considerably simpler in case of TV receivers of the recently developed touch control type or remote control type, it is difficult for a non-skilled person the to preset tuning operation, namely, to adjust the tuning frequencies for respective broadcasting stations before starting to watch a TV receiver.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
Accordingly, it is an object of the present invention to provide an automatic tuning scheme which enables automatic preselectable tuning operation by sequentially memorizing tuning voltages of respective automatically selected broadcasting channels.
In its broadest aspect, an automatic tuning device of the present invention comprises a tuning voltage generator which generates a tuning voltage gradually variable during tuning operation, a memory circuit which receives the tuning voltage derived from the generator upon receipt of normal reception signals and memorizes a plurality of discrete tuning voltages each associated with a respective one of normal reception signal corresponding to a serviceable broadcasting station and means for picking up selectively one of the discrete tuning voltages from the memory circuit and supplying it to a tuner.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
Other objects and attendant advantages of the present invention will be easily appreciated as the same becomes better understood by reference to the following detailed description when considered in conjunction with the accompanying drawings in which like reference numerals designate like part throughout the figures thereof, and wherein:
FIG. 1 is a schematic diagram of the automatic tuning apparatus embodying the present invention;
FIG. 2 is a more detailed circuit diagram of the automatic tuning apparatus shown in FIG. 1;
FIG. 3 is a schematic diagram of another embodiment of the present invention;
FIGS. 4 and 5 are a circuit diagram and a waveform diagram showing a noise skip circuit included in FIG. 3 embodiment;
FIG. 6 is an improvement in the noise skip circuit shown in FIGS. 4 and 5;
FIGS. 7 and 8 are embodiments effective to modify the searching speed in the automatic tuning apparatus;
FIGS. 9 through 11 are refresh means effective in the automatic tuning apparatus of the present invention;
FIG. 12 shows another embodiment including a memory skip circuit effective in the automatic tuning apparatus;
FIGS. 13 and 14 show alarm means effective in the automatic tuning apparatus.
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION
A basic circuit of a TV receiver having an automatic tuning scheme implemented with the present invention is shown in FIG. 1, which includes an antenna 1, a tuner 2, an intermediate frequency (IF) circuit 3, an automatic fine tuning (AFT) circuit 4, a video circuit 5, a synchronizing separator 6, a deflection circuit 7, a picture tube 8. According to the present invention, a start/stop circuit 9, a tuning voltage generator 10, a memory circuit 11 and a signal decision circuit 12 are further provided to form the automatic tuning scheme of the present invention.
It will be noted that the tuner 2 can be implemented with a well known electronic tuning circuit which includes a voltage-sensitive capacitance diode as disclosed in U.S. Pat. No. 3,233,179 entitled "AUTOMATIC FINE TUNNING CIRCUIT USING CAPACITANCE DIODES" issued on Feb. 1, 1966.
If the start/stop circuit 9 is given a search start command or au automatic tuning instruction prior to effecting of the preset tuning operation, then the start/stop circuit 9 will develop a search start pulse which is turn is supplied to the tuning voltage generator 10. Under the circumstance the tuning voltage generator 10 develops a sweep voltage or staircase voltage which is gradually rising or dropping during the automatic tuning operation. The sweep or staircase voltage is supplied as the tuning voltage to the tuning capacitance diode in the tuner 2 by way of the memory circuit 11. This implies that the reception frequency in the tuner 2 is gradually varied.
In this way, when the television signal of a specific broadcasting channel is received, the television video signal is derived from the IF circuit 3 and the synchronizing signal from the synchronizing separator 6. These signals are applied to the start/stop circuit 9. Meantime, the AFT detector output is derived from the AFT circuit 4 and supplied to the start/stop circuit 9.
More particularly, when the television signal is accurately received, the AFT detector output voltage will change in polarity so that the start/stop circuit 9 is permitted to develop a search stop pulse and the vertical synchronizing signal. In the given example the vertical synchronizing signal may serve as the search stop pulse. The search stop pulse is supplied to the tuning voltage generator 10, barring the generator 10 from developing the sweep or staircase voltage. The voltage at this moment remains unchanged since then and keeps being supplied as the tuning voltage to the tuner 2 via the memory circuit.
The vertical synchronizing signal derived from the start/stop circuit 9 is supplied to the signal decision circuit 12 to determine as to whether the signal being received is a normal or true television signal. If the affirmative answer is given, then the signal decision circuit 12 will issue a memory instruction which in turn is supplied to the memory circuit 11 so that the instantaneous tuning voltage derived from the generator 10 is stored within the memory circuit 11.
Contrarily, if a false synchronizing signal is derived from the start/stop circuit 9, then the signal decision circuit 12 reacts to it so that the circuit 12 issues a search re-start pulse. This is supplied to the start/stop circuit 9 to repeat the same procedure as when executing the first search start pulse. The procedure is repeated in this manner until the start/stop circuit 9 recognizes a true television vertical synchronizing signal or accurate reception is available by the tuner 2.
In other words, the memory instruction is not issued from the signal decision circuit 12 until the optimum reception state is guaranteed. Upon issuance of the memory instruction the instantaneous tuning voltage is stored in the memory circuit 11 and subsequently supplied to the tuner 2.
Once the preset tuning operation (i,e, the presetting of the optimum reception frequency) has been completed for the specific broadcasting channel, the tuning voltage stored in the memory circuit 11 will be automatically supplied to the tuner in response to release of a tuning instruction from an operational panel of the known touch control type or remote control type. The searching procedure is not required at this time.
It is obvious that the memory circuit 11 shown in FIG. 1 includes a predetermined number of memory elements the number of which corresponds to the number of serviceable broadcasting stations. The same searching or presetting procedure is repeated when it is desired to search and memorize a predetermined number of discrete tuning voltages prior to use of a TV receiver.
As noted earlier, when the search start instruction is given and the search start signal is released from the start/stop circuit 9, the tuning voltage generator 10 starts generating the sweep voltage (or the staircase voltage), which is supplied to the tuner 2 via the memory circuit 11 while showing a gradual variation. Alternatively, the gradually varying voltage may be supplied to the tuner 2 directly. If the search stop signal is derived from the start/stop circuit 9 upon receipt of the television signal, the sweep voltage generating function of the tuning voltage generator will come to a halt. The instantaneous tuning voltage supplied to the tuner 2 is held unchanged for a while.
At this time the signal decision circuit 12 decides whether the received signal is true or false. After confirming the presence of the true television signal, the memory instruction is issued for the memory circuit 11 so that the tuning voltage available from the tuning voltage generator 10 is held within the memory circuit 10 to complete the presetting of the optimum reception frequency for the specific television station.
On the contrary, when the signal decision circuit 12 does not sense the presence of the true television signal, the search re-start signal is issued for the start/stop circuit 9 to start the above mentioned operation again. Each time the memorizing operation or the tuning frequency presetting operation is completed in the memory circuit 11 for a specific one of broadcasting stations, the search start instruction is issued again for the start/stop circuit 9. Eventually, a plurality of discrete tuning voltages are stored in sequence in the memory circuit 9, completing the over-all loading operation of the discrete tuning voltages.
FIG. 2 shows a detailed way of implementation of the present invention briefly described with respect to FIG. 1. When a search switch SW1 is turned on, a latch FF1 is placed to the set state with the Q output at a high level "H" and the Q output at a low level "L". A gate G3 is enabled such that clock pulses from a clock pulse generator 13 are sequentially supplied to a counter 14 to increment it at a high speed. The output of the counter 14 is supplied to a digital-to-analog converter 15 which converts the output of the counter 14 into a DC voltage correspondingly. This DC voltage is supplied as the tuning voltage to the tuner 2. Therefore, the gradually rising sweep voltage is transferred from the digital-to-analog converter 15 to the tuner 2 so that the reception frequency in the tuner 2 is gradually varied in the ascending order.
When the television signal of a specific broadcasting station is received, the television video signal is derived from the IF circuit 3 and the horizontal and vertical synchronizing signals are derived from the synchronizing separator 6. In the case where the detector output voltage from the AFT circuit 4 is positive, a gate G2 is enabled to place the latch FF1 into the reset state. At the moment the Q and Q outputs of the latch FF1 are respectively inverted into "L" and "H" levels. A gate G3 is disabled to stop supply of the clock pulses to the counter 14 so that the digital-to-analog converter 15 supplies the tuner 2 with the output voltage of a fixed value. In other words, the searching operation comes to a halt.
When the true television signal is being received, the horizontal synchronizing pulse derived from the synchronizing separator 6 is in phase with the flyback pulse derived from the deflection circuit 7. A transistor Tr1 is turned on in reponse to the horizontal synchronizing pulse with an increase in the emitter potential thereof. Gates G4 and G5 are enabled so that the vertical synchronizing pulse is supplied as the memory instruction to the memory circuit 11 via these gates G4 and G5. At this moment the output of the counter 14 is loaded into the first address of the memory circuit 11 in a digital fashion.
However, if the signal being received is not the true television signal, then the horizontal synchronizing pulse will neither be synchronous with the flyback pulse nor will the transistor Tr1 be turned on. Even though the vertical synchronizing pulse from the synchronizing separator 6 or the false synchronizing pulse forces the latch FF1 into the reset state, the gate G5 is never enabled but the gate G6 is enabled. The pulse transferred via the gate G6 is supplied as the search re-start pulse to the latch FF1 which then resorts to the reset state again to restart the searching procedure.
After the searching/memory operation has been completed for a specific one of broadcasting stations, the memory circuit 11 releases the search start pulse again, which is then supplied to the latch FF1 via the gate G1 to set the latch FF1.
The same operation is thus repeated. A different tuning voltage of the next suceeding station is digitally stored at the second address of the memory circuit 11. In this way, a predetermined number of discrete tuning voltages are digitally stored in sequence until the end of the presetting operation.
Once the presetting operation has been accomplished, all that is necessary for the operator to do is to select a desired one of channel selection switches 161 through 16n. Then, digital information indicative of the tuning voltage previously stored at its associated address of the memory circuit 11 is called forth in accordance with its associated selection codes within an address specifying circuit 17. The digital information is applied via the counter 14 to the digital-to-analog converter 15 which decodes it into the analog tuning voltage. The tuning voltage is supplied to the tuning capacitance diode included within the tuner 2.
FIG. 3 shows another example of the tuning scheme further comprising a noise skip circuit. As described above, when the true television signal is received, the output from the AFT detector will change in polarity and upon such change the television synchronizing signal will be derived from the start/stop circuit 9. This synchronizing signal is supplied to a noise skip circuit 18 to decide whether or not this is the true television vertical synchronizing signal. Particularly when the true vertical synchronizing signal is confirmed, this is applied to the signal decision circuit 12 and simultaneously applied as the search stop pulse to the tuning voltage generator 10. Contrarily, when concluded as noise and not the synchronizing signal, this will be supplied as the re-start pulse to the start/stop circuit 9. This permits the recurring of the same operation as when the search start instruction is issued for the first time. In the given example, the vertical synchronizing signal obtained from the noise skip circuit 18 is utilized as the search stop pulse.
In this way the search stop pulse is developed from noise skip circuit 18 and sent to the tuning voltage generator 10, stopping the generator 10 from generating the sweep voltage. The instantaneous voltage is thereafter kept and sent to the tuner 2 via the memory circuit 11. Under these circumstances the signal decision circuit 12 determines again whether the vertical synchronizing signal developed from the start/stop circuit 9 is the true television synchronizing signal.
By way of example, the signal decision circuit 12 may be adapted to count the number of the synchronizing signals and determine whether a predetermined number of the synchronizing signals are present during a given period of time. If the true synchronizing signal is sensed, then the signal decision circuit 12 will release the memory instruction, permitting the memory circuit 11 to store the tuning voltage supplied from the generator 10.
Nevertheless, even if the noise skip circuit 18 delivers the false synchronizing signal inadvertently, the signal decision circuit 12 never overlooks it so that the circuit 12 issues the search re-start pulse. The start/stop circuit 9 receives such pulse to repeat the above mentioned operation. In other words, the operation is repeated to assure the optimum reception condition until the true television synchronizing signal is available from the start/stop circuit 9 and the noise skip circuit 18. The memory instruction will be issued immediately after the optimum reception condition is reached.
Details of the noise skip circuit 18 are shown in FIG. 4. This is split into three major portions: an integration circuit portion 21 consisting of resistors R1 and R2 and capacitors C1 and C2 ; a noise detection circuit portion 22 consisting of transistors Q1, Q2 and Q3, a diode D1 and so on; and a synchronizing signal amplifier portion 23 consisting of a transistor Q4 and so on. Assume now that the true television synchronizing signal (with negative polarity) as viewed from FIG. 5 a is derived from the start/stop circuit 9. This signal is integrated with the integration circuit portion 21 as shown in FIG. 5 b . The base bias voltage of the first stage transistor Q1 in the noise detector portion 22 is fixed, say at approximately 0.3 volts, by the resistors R3, R4 and R5 and the diode D1. Thus, this signal at the positive polarity side is extremely shallow and the transistor Q1 is placed into the cut off state as long as the genuine vertical synchronizing signal is derived. The remaining transistors Q2 and Q3 are also placed into the cut off state. Therefore, the noise detector portion 22 does not deliver the output signal or the search stop pulse. The vertical synchronizing pulse as shown in FIG. 5 c is applied to the base of the transistor Q4 via the capacitor C3 for amplification. The vertical synchronizing signal with the positive polarity as shown in FIG. 5 d is developed at the collector of the transistor Q4 and supplied to the signal decision circuit 12 and as the search stop pulse to the tuning voltage generator 10.
On the other hand, if the noise signal, for example, as shown in FIG. 5 e is derived from the start/stop circuit 9, then this will be integrated with the integration circuit portion 21. The result is shown in FIG. 5 f , which has both positive and negative polarity components. Since the positive polarity component is well above the conduction level (say, 0.6 volts) of the transistor Q1, the transistor Q1 is turned on whenever an the transistors Q2 and Q3 are also turned on. The signal appearing at the emitter of the transistors Q3 is shown in FIG. 5 h and returned as the search re-start pulse to the start/stop circuit 9.
By the action of the noise skip circuit 18. Whether the signal derived from the start/stop circuit 9 is the true synchronizing signal or noise is determined by the positive voltage level of that signal. Then, the synchronizing signal is supplied to the signal decision circuit 12 and the tuning voltage generator 10, while the noise is supplied as the search re-start pulse to the start/stop circuit. As shown in FIG. 6, a skip level adjusting variable resistor VR1 installed in the noise detector portion 22 makes the above mentioned positive voltage level freely variable. It also becomes possible to supply the noise as the search re-start pulse to the start/stop circuit 9 when the normal television synchronizing signal is received but relatively strong noise is superimposed thereon.
Within the tuning scheme having the noise skip circuit, there is no opportunity inadvertently the tuning voltage generator 10 with the search stop instruction due to noise. In addition, only broadcasting stations with comparatively strong television signals can be preset in sequence while skipping ones with comparatively weak television signals. Although in the illustrated example the noise skip level is manually variable through the use of the variable resistor VR1, it is noted that the skip level can be varied in response to the intensity of the television signals being received by applying an AGC voltage thereto.
Details of modifications in the start/stop circuit 9 and the tuning voltage generator 10 are shown in FIG. 7 wherein the search speed is variable.
Provided that the search start instruction or the search restart pulse is supplied via an OR gate 34 to a reset input terminal of an R-S type latch 33, the latch 33 will be in the reset state so that the Q output thereof assumes a "H" level to enable an AND gate 35. Another latch 39 of the R-S type 39 is also placed into the reset state in response to the search start instruction or the search re-start pulse. The Q ouput of the latch 39 assumes a "L" level and the Q output assumes a "H" level, enabling an AND gate 40. At this time clock pulses of, for example, 320 Hz are generated via an AND gate 40, an OR gate 47 and an AND gate 35 from a high speed clock pulse generator 36 and supplied to a counter 42 in the tuning voltage generator 10. The count of the counter 42 varies sequentially at a relatively high rate and is converted through a digital-to-analog converter 43. As a consequence, the converter 43 develops a gradually rising or dropping DC voltage, which is supplied to the tuner 2 via the memory circuit 11. A rate of variations in the tuning voltage derived from the generator 43 is relatively high and the searching procedure is carried out at a high speed.
While a specific television signal is received, the detector output is derived from the AFT circuit 4 and the vertical synchronizing signal is derived from the synchronizing separator 6. When an AFT negative output detector 44 senses the AFT detector output of the negative polarity, the output of the detector 44 increases to a "H" level. The AND gate 45 is enabled so that the vertical synchronizing signal is supplied to a set input terminal of the R-S type latch 39. The latch 39 is placed into the set state with the Q output thereof having a "H" level and the Q output thereof having a "L" level. The AND gate 40 is disabled concurrently with the enabling of the AND gate 46. Under these circumstances clock pulses of, for example, 160 Hz from a low speed clock pulse generator 47 are supplied to the counter 42 via the AND gate 46, the OR gate 41 and the AND gate 35. The counter 42 performs the counting operation at a low speed. A rate of variations in the tuning voltage or the DC voltage obtainable from the digital-to-analog converter 43 is reduced to one-half its initial rate and the searching procedure is carried out at a low speed.
If the polarity of the AFT detector output changes from negative to positive during the low speed searching operation, then the output of an AFT positive output detector will increase to a "H" level. The AND gate 38 is enabled and the vertical synchronizing signal is supplied via the AND gates 38 and 48 to the set input terminal of the R-S type latch 33 (the AND gate 48 is now enabled because of the Q output of the latch 39 at a "H" level). The latch 33 is therefore set. As a result, the Q output of the latch 33 changes to a "L" level to disable the AND gate 35. The counter 42 is supplied with the clock pulses no longer. Afterward, the count of the counter 42 remains unchanged and the tuning voltage derived from the digital-to-analog converter 43 is held at a fixed value. The searching operation comes to a stop.
Then, when the search start instruction of the search re-start pulse is issued again, the latch 33 and 39 are reset to enable AND gates 35 and 40. The clock pulses from the high speed clock pulse generator 36 are supplied to the counter 42, restarting the searching operation.
Another modification in the start/stop circuit 9 and the tuning voltage generator 10 is shown in FIG. 8. When the search start instruction or the search re-start pulse is supplied to the reset input terminal of the latch 33 via the OR gate 34, the Q output of the latch 33 in the reset state will assume a "H" level with the AND gates 35 and 49 enabled. The other latches 39 and 50 are also reset in response to the search start instruction or the search re-start pulse with the Q outputs thereof at a "L" level and the Q outputs thereof a "H" level. The AND gate 40 is enabled while the AND gate 46 and 51 remain disabled. The 320 Hz clock pulses from the high speed clock pulse generator 36 are derived via the AND gate 40, the OR gate 41 and the AND gate 35 and supplied to a count up input terminal of an up/down counter 42' in the tuning voltage generator 10. The counter 42' is sequentially incremented at a high speed, the count of which is supplied to the digital-to-analog converter 43. As a result, the converter 43 develops a gradually rising DC voltage which is supplied as the tuning voltage to the tuner 2 via the memory circuit 11. In this case variations in the tuning voltage are comparatively quicker and the searching operation is carried out by the increase of the local oscillation frequency.
Under these circumstances, when the television signal is received, The AFT circuit 4 develops the AFT detector output and the synchronizing separator 6 develops the vertical synchronizing signal. If there is the negative output sensed by the AFT negative output detector 44, the output of the detector 44 will assume a "H" level to enable the AND gate 45. The vertical synchronizing signal is supplied to the set input terminal of the R-S type latch 39 via the AND gate 45, setting the same. Since the Q and Q outputs of the latch 39 assume "H" and "L" levels respectively, the AND gate 46 is enabled and the AND gate 40 is disabled. The clock pulses with 160 Hz from the low frequency clock pulse generator 47 are supplied via the AND gate 46, the OR gate 41 and the AND gate 35 to the count up input terminal of the counter 42' to execute the counting operation at a relatively low speed. The DC voltage or the tuning voltage derived from the digital-to-analog converter 43 shows variations at a rate which is reduced to one half its initial rate. The searching operation is carried out with low speed in order to eventually increase the local oscillation frequency.
Thereafter, when the polarity of the AFT detector output changes from negative to positive during the slow searching operation, the output of the AFT positive output detector 37 increases to a "H" level, enabling the AND gate 38 such that the vertical synchronizing signal is supplied to a set input terminal of an R-S type latch 50 therethrough. The result is that the latch 50 is placed into the set state with the Q output thereof at a "H" level and the Q output thereof at a "L" level. An AND gate 57 is enabled and the AND gates 40 and 46 are disabled. Therefore, clock pulses with, for example, 20 Hz are derived from an extremely low speed clock pulse generator 52 and supplied to a count down input terminal of the counter 42' via AND gates 51 and 49. The count of the counter 42' is gradually decremented at an extremely low speed. A gradually dropping tuning voltage is suddenly obtainable from the converter 43 and a rate of variations in the tuning voltage is reduced to a large extent. The searching operation is carried out with extremely low speed in a sense to decrease the local oscillation frequency.
If the output of the AFT positive output detector 37 changes to a "L" level while executing the extremely slow searching operation in the opposite direction, an output of an inverter 53 will change to a "L" level with the output of the AND gate 48 at a "H" level. The latch 33 is set with the Q output changing to a "L" level. The AND gates 35 and 49 are disabled to stop supplying the counter 42' with the clock pulses any more. Thereafter, the content of the counter 42' is fixed and the tuning voltage from the digital-to-analog converter 43 remains unchanged. In this way, the searching operation comes to a halt at the normal point of local oscillation.
If the search start instruction or the search re-start pulse is then given, then all of the latches 33, 39 and 50 are reset to enable the AND gates 35 and 40 again. The clock pulses from the high speed clock pulse generator 36 are supplied to the counter 42', executing the high speed searching operation.
Although in the given example the three clock pulse generators 36, 47 and 52 are employed for the high speed phase, low speed phase and extremely low speed phase of the searching operation, a single clock pulse generator with the frequency division ability can be a substitute therefor.
An embodiment of the present invention shown in FIGS. 9 through 11 includes an out-of-tuning detector 65 in addition to the start/stop circuit 9, the tuning voltage generator 10, the memory circuit 11 and the signal decision circuit 12.
When the search start instruction is given to the start/stop circuit 9 during the presettable tuning operation, an AFT ON/OFF switch 64 will be turned off automatically, shifting from one terminal a to another b . A reference voltage from a reference voltage generator 63 is supplied to an AFT terminal of the tuner 2. The preset tuning operation keeps on under these circumstances.
The re-preset tuning operation is carried out in the following manner. If the memory circuit 11 associated with a desired channel is given the tuning instruction, then the tuning voltage stored in that memory circuit 11 is supplied to the tuner 2 via the tuning voltage generator 10 in order to select the desired channel.
The out-of-tuning detector 65 is enabled at a moment upon receipt of the above mentioned tuning instruction, where the AFT detector output voltage obtained from the AFT circuit 4 is compared with the given reference voltage from the reference voltage generator 63. If there is almost no deviation from the optimum tuning point, both the voltages are substantially equal with no development of the output pulse. On the other hand, if a difference therebetween exceeds a critical value, this is sensed to deliver the output pulse which in turn is supplied as the search re-start pulse to the start/stop circuit 9. The preset tuning operation restarts when the tuner 2 has becomes out of tuning.
The out-of-tuning detector 65 is illustrated in detail in FIG. 10, which comprises switches SW11 and SW12, transistor Q11 and Q12, resistors R11, R12 and R13, an OR gate OR11 and so on. Upon receipt of the tuning instruction the switches SW11 and SW12 are turned on instantly so that the reference voltage from the reference voltage generator 63 is applied to the base of the transistor Q11 and the emitter of the transistor Q12 via the switch SW11 and the resistor R11, whereas the AFT detector output voltage from the AFT circuit 4 is applied to the emitter of the transistor Q11 and the base of the transistor Q12 via the switch SW12. Provided that the local oscillation frequency stands at the normal point without any substantial deviation, the AFT detector output voltage will be nearly equal to the reference voltage (say, within one volt) and the transistors Q11 and Q12 will be in the cut off state. No output voltage is developed at the collectors of the transistors Q11 and Q12. When being in the out-of-tuning state, the AFT detector output voltage will tend to somewhat increase over the reference voltage (say, one volt higher), placing the transistor Q11 into the on state with a positive pulse voltage appearing at the collector thereof. This pulse is supplied to the tuning voltage generator 10 directly or via the start/stop circuit 9 and supplied as the start/stop pulse to the start/stop circuit 9 via the OR gate OR11. As a result, the re-search operation is initiated and the tuning voltage at the tuning voltage generator 10 is gradually increased. Therefore, the local oscillation frequency will be reverted back to the normal point of tuning. When the signal decision circuit 12 issues the memory instruction, the instantaneous tuning voltage is loaded into the memory circuit 11 thereby completing the re-preset tuning operation. If the local oscillation frequency will be increased above the normal point, the transistor Q12 is turned on to develop the output pulse at the collector thereof. This is supplied to the start/stop circuit 9 and the tuning voltage generator 10, gradually decreasing the tuning voltage at the tuning voltage generator 10.
An embodiment shown in FIG. 12 is effective with the ability of temporarily inhibiting the supply of the memory instructions to the memory circuit and skipping the memorizing of undesired channels when the capacity of the memory circuit 11 is small. There is further provided a memory skip circuit 66 which controls the transferring of the memory instructions from the signal decision circuit 12 to the memory circuit 11. While the memory skip circuit 11 is normally connected to the contact a , the memory instruction is supplied from the signal decision circuit 12 to the memory circuit 13 via the skip circuit 13 each time a specific channel is selected. The respective tuning voltages are therefore stored in the memory circuit 11 at these moments.
If an undesired channel is selected and received, then a skip instruction is given to the memory skip circuit 66 by way of any means, putting it toward the contact b . At this moment the memory instruction is supplied as the search restart pulse to the start/stop circuit 9 which restarts the searching operation to seek the next succeeding channel. Since the memory skip circuit 66 has then been returned to the contact a , the next memory instruction is supplied to the memory circuit 11, loading the tuning voltage of that channel into the memory circuit 11.
In an embodiment shown in FIG. 13, the tuning instruction from the signal decision circuit 12 is supplied to a blinking enable circuit 70 which comprises an AND gate and an amplifying transistor. Pulses derived from a pulse oscillator 71 are gated as well as the tuning instruction, energizing a light emitting diode 72 to notify the operator of the tuning operation.
An embodiment shown in FIG. 14 is adapted to produce audiable sounds instead of release of light. An audio silence circuit 75 is enabled by the tuning instruction from the signal decision circuit 12, which provides the output thereof for an audio circuit 76 to shut out the television audio signals. No television audio signals are released from a loud speaker 77. Meanwhile, the tuning instruction is supplied to an intermittent sound generator 78 which creates intermittent sound signals through synthesis of pulse signals from a pulse oscillator 79 and a frequency divider 80. The synthesized sound signals are supplied to the audio circuit 76.
As a result, intermittent sounds are released from the loud speaker 7 during the automatic tuning operation. Once the tuning operation has been completed and the true television signal has been received, these intermittent sounds are prohibited and the true television sounds are released from the loud speaker 77.
The tuning instruction with a "H" level from the signal decision circuit 12 is amplified by the audio silence circuit 75 and supplied to the audio circuit 76, which shuts out the television sound signals. The tuning instruction with a "H" level is also supplied to an AND gate 81 in the intermittent sound circuit 78. The AND gate 81 always receives pulses from the pulse oscillator 79 consisting of a multivibrator. These pulses are also supplied to the frequency divider 80 such that the AND gate 81 develops intermittent pulse signals, which are supplied to the audio circuit 76 and then the loud speaker 77.
The invention being thus described, it will be obvious that the same may be varied in many ways. Such variations are not to be regarded as a departure from the spirit and scope of the invention, and all such modifications are intended to be included within the scope of the following claims.

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