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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Monday, October 1, 2012

NOKIA (ITT) 4532 CHASSIS EUROMONO BG/MN 90° INTERNAL VIEW.










 The NOKIA (ITT)   CHASSIS EUROMONO BG/MN 90°  is a quite advanced chassis which was even used in bigger screen models with some variants. Was first chassis of ITT NOKIA changing power supply technology and introducing different kind of CRT controls (CCC) and an all digital MI BUS type and different synch asic.


Supply is based on TDA4600 (SIEMENS).

Power supply Description based on TDA4601d (SIEMENS)

TDA4601 Operation. * The TDA4601 device is a single in line, 9 pin chip. Its predecessor was the TDA4600 device, the TDA4601 however has improved switching, better protection and cooler running. The (SIEMENS) TDA4601 power supply is a fairly standard parallel chopper switch mode type, which operates on the same basic principle as a line output stage. It is turned on and off by a square wave drive pulse, when switched on energy is stored in the chopper transformer primary winding in the form of a magnetic flux; when the chopper is turned off the magnetic flux collapses, causing a large back emf to be produced. At the secondary side of the chopper transformer this is rectified and smoothed for H.T. supply purposes. The advantage of this type of supply is that the high chopping frequency (20 to 70 KHz according to load) allows the use of relatively small H.T. smoothing capacitors making smoothing easier. Also should the chopper device go short circuit there is no H.T. output. In order to start up the TDA4601 I.C. an initial supply of 9v is required at pin 9, this voltage is sourced via R818 and D805 from the AC side of the bridge rectifier D801, also pin 5 requires a +Ve bias for the internal logic block. (On some sets pin 5 is used for standby switching). Once the power supply is up and running, the voltage on pin 9 is increased to 16v and maintained at this level by D807 and C820 acting as a half wave rectifier and smoothing circuit. PIN DESCRIPTIONS Pin 1 This is a 4v reference produced within the I.C. Pin 2 This pin detects the exact point at which energy stored in the chopper transformer collapses to zero via R824 and R825, and allows Q1 to deliver drive volts to the chopper transistor. It also opens the switch at pin 4 allowing the external capacitor C813 to charge from its external feed resistor R810. Pin 3 H.T. control/feedback via photo coupler D830. The voltage at this pin controls the on time of the chopper transistor and hence the output voltage. Normally it runs at Approximately 2v and regulates H.T. by sensing a proportion of the +4v reference at pin 1, offset by conduction of the photo coupler D830 which acts like a variable resistor. An increase in the conduction of transistor D830 and therefor a reduction of its resistance will cause a corresponding reduction of the positive voltage at Pin 3. A decrease in this voltage will result in a shorter on time for the chopper transistor and therefor a lowering of the output voltage and vice versa, oscillation frequency also varies according to load, the higher the load the lower the frequency etc. should the voltage at pin 3 exceed 2.3v an internal flip flop is triggered causing the chopper drive mark space ratio to extend to 244 (off time) to 1 (on time), the chip is now in over volts trip condition. Pin 4 At this pin a sawtooth waveform is generated which simulates chopper current, it is produced by a time constant network R810 and C813. C813 charges when the chopper is on and is discharged when the chopper is off, by an internal switch strapping pin 4 to the internal +2v reference, see Fig 2. The amplitude of the ramp is proportional to chopper drive. In an overload condition it reaches 4v amplitude at which point chopper drive is reduced to a mark-space ratio of 13 to 1, the chip is then in over current trip. The I.C. can easily withstand a short circuit on the H.T. rail and in such a case the power supply simply squegs quietly. Pin 4 is protected by internal protection components which limit the maxi
mum voltage at this pin to 6.5v. Should a fault occur in either of the time constant components, then the chopper transistor will probably be destroyed. Pin 5 This pin can be used for remote control on/off switching of the power supply, it is normally held at about +7v and will cause the chip to enter standby mode if it falls below 2v. Pin 6 Ground. Pin 7 Chopper switch off pin. This pin clamps the chopper drive voltage to 1.6v in order to switch off the chopper. Pin 8 Chopper base current output drive pin. Pin 9 L.T. pin, approximately 9v under start-up conditions and 16v during normal running, Current consumption of the I.C. is typically 135mA. The voltage at this pin must reach 6.7v in order for the chip to start-up.

Semiconductor circuit for supplying power to electrical equipment, comprising a transformer having a primary winding connected, via a parallel connection of a collector-emitter path of a transistor with a first capacitor, to both outputs of a rectifier circuit supplied, in turn, by a line a-c voltage; said transistor having a base controlled via a second capacitor by an output of a control circuit acted upon, in turn by the rectified a-c line voltage as actual value and by a reference voltage; said transformer having a first secondary winding to which the electrical equipment to be supplied is connected; said transformer having a second secondary winding with one terminal thereof connected to the emitter of said transistor and the other terminal thereof connected to an anode of a first diode leading to said control circuit; said transformer having a third secondary winding with one terminal thereof connected, on the one hand, via a series connection of a third capacitor with a first resistance, to the other terminal of said third secondary winding and connected, on the other hand, to the emitter of said transistor, the collector of which is connected to said primary winding; a point between said third capacitor and said first resistance being connected to the cathode of a second diode; said control circuit having nine terminals including a first terminal delivering a reference voltage and connected, via a voltage divider formed of a third and fourth series-connected resistances, to the anode of said second diode; a second terminal of said control circuit serving for zero-crossing identification being connected via a fifth resistance to said cathode of said second diode; a third terminal of said control-circuit serving as actual value input being directly connected to a divider point of said voltage divider forming said connection of said first terminal of said control circuit to said anode of said second diode; a fourth terminal of said control circuit delivering a sawtooth voltage being connected via a sixth resistance to a terminal of said primary winding of said transformer facing away from said transistor; a fifth terminal of said control circuit serving as a protective input being connected, via a seventh resistance to the cathode of said first diode and, through the intermediary of said seventh resistance and an eighth resistance, to the cathode of a third diode having an anode connected to an input of said rectifier circuit; a sixth terminal of said control circuit carrying said reference potential and being connected via a fourth capacitor to said fourth terminal of said control circuit and via a fifth capacitor to the anode of said second diode; a seventh terminal of said control circuit establishing a potential for pulses controlling said transistor being connected directly and an eighth terminal of said control circuit effecting pulse control of the base of said transistor being connected through the intermediary of a ninth resistance to said first capacitor leading to the base of said transistor; and a ninth terminal of said control circuit serving as a power supply input of said control circuit being connected both to the cathode of said first diode as well as via the intermediary of a sixth capacitor to a terminal of said second secondary winding as well as to a terminal of said third secondary winding.

Description:
The invention relates to a blocking oscillator type switching power supply for supplying power to electrical equipment, wherein the primary winding of a transformer, in series with the emitter-collector path of a first bipolar transistor, is connected to a d-c voltage obtained by rectification of a line a-c voltage fed-in via two external supply terminals, and a secondary winding of the transformer is provided for supplying power to the electrical equipment, wherein, furthermore, the first bipolar transistor has a base controlled by the output of a control circuit which is acted upon in turn by the rectified a-c line voltage as actual value and by a set-point transmitter, and wherein a starting circuit for further control of the base of the first bipolar transistor is provided.
Such a blocking oscillator switching power supply is described in the German periodical, "Funkschau" (1975) No. 5, pages 40 to 44. It is well known that the purpose of such a circuit is to supply electronic equipment, for example, a television set, with stabilized and controlled supply voltages. Essential for such switching power supply is a power switching transistor i.e. a bipolar transistor with high switching speed and high reverse voltage. This transistor therefore constitutes an important component of the control element of the control circuit. Furthermore, a high operating frequency and a transformer intended for a high operating frequency are provided, because generally, a thorough separation of the equipment to be supplied from the supply naturally is desired. Such switching power supplies may be constructed either for synchronized or externally controlled operation or for non-synchronized or free-running operation. A blocking converter is understood to be a switching power supply in which power is delivered to the equipment to be supplied only if the switching transistor establishing the connection between the primary coil of the transformer and the rectified a-c voltage is cut off. The power delivered by the line rectifier to the primary coil of the transformer while the switching transistor is open, is interim-stored in the transformer and then delivered to the consumer on the secondary side of the transformer with the switching transistor cut off.
In the blocking converter described in the aforementioned reference in the literature, "Funkschau" (1975), No. 5, Pages 40 to 44, the power switching transistor is connected in the manner defined in the introduction to this application. In addition, a so-called starting circuit is provided. Because several diodes are generally provided in the overall circuit of a blocking oscillator according to the definition provided in the introduction hereto, it is necessary, in order not to damage these diodes, that due to the collector peak current in the case of a short circuit, no excessive stress of these diodes and possibly existing further sensitive circuit parts can occur.
Considering the operation of a blocking oscillator, this means that, in the event of a short circuit, the number of collector current pulses per unit time must be reduced. For this purpose, a control and regulating circuit is provided. Simultaneously, a starting circuit must bring the blocking converter back to normal operation when the equipment is switched on, and after disturbances, for example, in the event of a short circuit. The starting circuit shown in the literature reference "Funkschau" on Page 42 thereof, differs to some extent already from the conventional d-c starting circuits. It is commonly known for all heretofore known blocking oscillator circuits, however, that a thyristor or an equivalent circuit replacing the thyristor is essential for the operation of the control circuit.
It is accordingly an object of the invention to provide another starting circuit. It is a further object of the invention to provide a possible circuit for the control circuit which is particularly well suited for this purpose. It is yet another object of the invention to provide such a power supply which is assured of operation over the entire range of line voltages from 90 to 270 V a-c, while the secondary voltages and secondary load variations between no-load and short circuit are largely constant.
With the foregoing and other objects in view, there is provided, in accordance with the invention, a blocking oscillator-type switching power supply for supplying power to electrical equipment wherein a primary winding of a transformer, in series with an emitter-collector path of a first bipolar transistor, is connected to a d-c voltage obtained by rectification of a line a-c voltage fed-in via two external supply terminals, a secondary winding of the transformer being connectible to the electrical equipment for supplying power thereto, the first bipolar transistor having a base controlled by the output of a control circuit acted upon, in turn, by the rectified a-c line voltage as actual value and by a set-point transmitter, and including a starting circuit for further control of the base of the first bipolar transistor, including a first diode in the starting circuit having an anode directly connected to one of the supply terminals supplied by the a-c line voltage and a cathode connected via a resistor to an input serving to supply power to the control circuit, the input being directly connected to a cathode of a second diode, the second diode having an anode connected to one terminal of another secondary winding of the transformer, the other secondary winding having another terminal connected to the emitter of the first bipolar transmitter.
In accordance with another feature of the invention, there is provided a second bipolar transistor having the same conduction type as that of the first bipolar transistor and connected in the starting circuit with the base thereof connected to a cathode of a semiconductor diode, the semiconductor diode having an anode connected to the emitter of the first bipolar transistor, the second bipolar transistor having a collector connected via a resistor to a cathode of the first diode in the starting circuit, and having an emitter connected to the input serving to supply power to the control circuit and also connected to the cathode of the second diode which is connected to the other secondary winding of the transformer.
In accordance with a further feature of the invention, the base of the second bipolar transistor is connected to a resistor and via the latter to one pole of a first capacitor, the anode of the first diode being connected to the other pole of the first capacitor.
In accordance with an added feature of the invention, the input serving to supply power to the control circuit is connected via a second capacitor to an output of a line rectifier, the output of the line rectifier being directly connected to the emitter of the first bipolar transistor.
In accordance with an additional feature of the invention, the other secondary winding is connected at one end to the emitter of the first bipolar transistor and to a pole of a third capacitor, the third capacitor having another pole connected, on the one hand, via a resistor, to the other end of the other secondary winding and, on the other hand, to a cathode of a third diode, the third diode having an anode connected via a potentiometer to an actual value input of the control circuit and, via a fourth capacitor, to the emitter of the first bipolar transistor.
In accordance with yet another feature of the invention, the control circuit has a control output connected via a fifth capacitor to the base of the first bipolar transistor for conducting to the latter control pulses generated in the control circuit.
In accordance with a concomitant feature of the invention, there is provided a sixth capacitor shunting the emitter-collector path of the first transistor.
Other features which are considered as characteristic for the invention are set forth in the appended claim.
Although the invention is illustrated and described herein as embodied in a blocking oscillator type switching power supply, it is nevertheless not intended to be limited to the details shown, since various modifications and structural changes may be made therein without departing from the spirit of the invention and within the scope and range of equivalents of the claims.












TEA5040 (THOMSON / TELEFUNKEN) WIDE BAND VIDEO PROCESSOR

DESCRIPTIONThe U4647 - TEA5040S is a serial bus-controlled videoprocessing
device which integrates a complex architecture
fulfilling multiple functions.

An automatic contrast control circuit in a color television receiver for stabilizing the average DC level of the luminance information at a desired level and preventing focus blooming. The control circuitry, which is suitable for fabrication as a monolithic integrated circuit, contemplates the provision of a gain-controlled luminance amplifier stage for driving an image reproducer with luminance information having a stabilized black level. An average detector coupled to the amplifier stage output develops a control signal representative of the average DC level of the luminance information and applies it to the amplifier stage, varying its gain inversely with changes in the average luminance level. A peak limiter circuit is also provided for modifying the control signal to reduce the amplifier stage's gain whenever an AC brightness component comprising the luminance information exceeds a defined threshold level, regardless of the average DC level of the luminance information.

1. In a television receiver having a luminance processing channel for translating instantaneous luminance signals derived from received broadcast transmissions to an image reproducer, said luminance signals including black level reference information, an automatic contrast control circuit comprising in combination:

2. An automatic contrast control circuit in accordance with claim 1, wherein adjustable level shifting means are interposed between said amplifier stage and said average detector means, said adjustable level shifting means providing a contrast control for manually varying the average DC level of said luminance signals.

3. An automatic contrast control circuit in accordance with claim 1, wherein said average detector means includes a capacitor having an output terminal coupled to said amplifier stage and a second terminal coupled to a plane of reference potential, said capacitor being charged by luminance signals from said amplifier stage and developing control signals representative of the average DC level of said luminance signals.

4. An automatic contrast control circuit in accordance with claim 3, wherein said control signals with respect to a plane of reference potential are equal to the potential at which black level is stabilized minus the potential drop between black level and the average DC level of said luminance information, said control signal increasing with respect to said plane of reference potential responsive to decreasing average DC levels of said luminance signals and decreasing responsive to increasing average DC levels.

5. An automatic contrast control circuit in accordance with claim 3, wherein said peak detector means includes a semi-conductor arrangement for providing said capacitor with a low impedance discharge path whenever said brightness components exceed a predetermined threshold level, the impedance of said discharge path being dependent on the amplitude of said brightness components and the discharge interval of said semiconductor arrangement being the time period during which said brightness components exceed said threshold level, said semiconductor arrangement further decreasing said control signals with respect to said plane of reference potential irrespective of the average DC level of said luminance signals.

6. An automatic contrast control circuit in accordance with claim 5, wherein said semiconductor arrangement comprises first and second transistors, said luminance signals from said amplifier stage being coupled to the input base electrode of said first transistor, said first transistor further having an emitter electrode coupled to said capacitor output terminal and a collector electrode coupled to the base electrode of said second transistor, said second transistor having a collector electrode coupled to said capacitor output terminal and an emitter electrode coupled to said plane of reference potential, said semiconductor arrangement being conductive to provide said capacitor with a low impedance discharge path whenever said brightness components exceed the base-emitter junction breakdown voltage of said first transistor.

7. An automatic contrast control circuit in accordance with claim 6, wherein said gain-controlled luminance amplifier stage includes a pair of transistors arranged in a differential amplifier configuration, the gain of which is dependent on the bias applied to the base electrodes of said transistors.

8. An automatic contrast control circuit in accordance with claim 7, wherein inverter means invert and couple said control signals to said base electrodes in said amplifier stage, the inverted control signals increasing the gain of said amplifier stage whenever the average DC level of said luminance signals decreases and decreasing the gain of said amplifier stage whenever the average DC level of said luminance information increases or whenever said brightness components exceed said threshold level.

9. An automatic contrast control circuit in accordance with claim 3, wherein said beam current limiter means provide a low impedance discharge path for said capacitor whenever the beam current exceeds a predetermined level.

10. An automatic contrast control system in accordance with claim 9, wherein said beam current limiter means monitors pulses from a voltage multiplier high-voltage system, said pulses being proportional to the beam current generated during the previous horizontal scan line.

11. An automatic contrast control circuit in accordance with claim 10, wherein said beam current limiter means comprises a transistor having a base electrode coupled to said voltage multiplier high-voltage system, an emitter electrode coupled to a plane of reference potential and a collector electrode coupled to said capacitor, said transistor providing a low impedance discharge path whenever said pulses exceed the base-emitter junction breakdown voltage of said transistor.

Description:
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

This invention relates in general to control circuitry for color television receivers and more particularly to an automatic contrast control circuit incorporated in the luminance processing channel. In accordance therewith, a variable DC control signal is derived from the luminance signal information as a function of the average luminance level. The DC control signal is applied to a gain-controlled amplifier stage in the luminance channel, varying its gain and thereby insuring that excessive beam currents will not be generated due to high average luminance levels. Conversely, the circuit is effective to increase the gain of the amplifier stage when under-modulated signals are received thereby providing the desired contrast level. When the white content of the instantaneous received signal exceeds a predetermined level, however, the DC control signal is modified to reflect the excessive white content even though the average luminance level may be low. Accordingly, the amplifier stage's gain is reduced to prevent defocusing.

In color television receivers, the various elemental areas of differing brightness levels, or shades, in the televised image correspond to the amplitude levels of the instantaneous brightness components of the luminance signals which, together with the chrominance signal, reproduce the transmitted picture information on the image display tube. The intensity of the electron beams developed in the receiver's image display tube are varied, for the most part, according to the detected amplitude levels of the instantaneous luminance signals. Accordingly, progressively higher amplitude levels generate higher intensity electron beams and, consequently, progressively lighter shades. In addition, suitable viewer-adjustable controls are customarily provided in the television receiver whereby a particularized contrast and brightness setting may be selected according to viewer preference.

It is desirable that the level of the luminance signal component corresponding to black in the televised image be maintained at the cut-off of the image reproducer. But even in those instances where there is a measure of DC coupling, the DC components of the luminance signal coupled from the video detector to the luminance channel may be degraded or otherwise restricted due to the nature of the processing circuitry as well as to other factors. Moreover, the luminance processing channel itself may well permit a degradation or undesirable shift in the desired DC characteristics. The result is that the DC level in the processed luminance signal is not properly maintained, such that, upon application to the image display tube, the black level is shifted to some undesirable reference. This leads to less than faithful half-tone reproduction on the screen of the image display tube. Gray tones can be lost simply because they are beyond the cut-off of the display tube. In other instances, blacks may appear as grays on the image display tube screen.

Thus, it is desirable to make provision for the maintenance of black level in the televised image at some stabilized reference. Various systems are of course known in the art for accomplishing this objective and take various forms and configurations. For example, an arrangement commonly known as a DC restorer circuit which includes a clamping device may be employed. However, when the black level is effectively stabilized at the image reproducer's cut-off bias point, the average level of the luminance signal information may reach the point where excessive average beam currents capable of severely damaging the image reproducer are generated. In addition, the high voltage power supply during instances of high beam current may be incapable of delivering the required beam current. Such overloading reduces the power supply output voltage and results in undesirable "focus blooming." That is, there will be a loss of brightness, reduction of horizontal widths and severe defocusing of the reproduced image. The problem in this regard has been further compounded by the "new generation" high-brightness cathode-ray tubes which require higher beam currents in order to illuminate the tube to its fullest capability during high-modulation (white) scenes. In view of the added demands on the high voltage power supply and the danger of damaging the image display tube, some method for effectively limiting the beam current is required.

Accordingly, automatic contrast control systems have been developed which reduce the gain of the luminance amplifier stage to prevent the generation of excessive beam currents or increase the gain when under-modulated signals are received. Most of these prior art automatic contrast control systems, however, measure only the average level of the luminance signals to derive the control signal utilized to vary the gain of the luminance amplifier. Consequently, when all or a major portion of the luminance signal's white content is of a high amplitude level and is concentrated on a very small portion of the image reproducer's screen, the control signal derived from the average luminance level is low, permitting the luminance amplifier stage to operate at nearly maximum gain. By concentrating the high-amplitude white content into a small area of the screen, the image display tube is likely to be overdriven during that period of time and "focus blooming" will result. Some automatic contrast systems, on the other hand, derive a control signal based on the peak amplitudes of the instantaneous luminance signals without regard to the average luminance level. Thus, while preventing blooming on high-amplitude white content, such systems are susceptible to luminance signals which have a dangerously high average level, but do not have any peak white signal content of a level where the system would take corrective action.

OBJECTS OF THE INVENTION

Accordingly, it is an object of the present invention to provide a color television receiver having black level stabilization with a new and improved automatic contrast control circuit which effectively overcomes the aforenoted disadvantages and deficiencies of prior circuits.

A further object of the invention is to provide an improved automatic contrast control circuit which develops control signals effectively varying the gain of a luminance amplifier stage to maintain an optimum contrast, while preventing the generation of excessive beam currents in the cathode-ray tube.

A more particular object of the invention is to provide an improved automatic contrast control circuit for continuously monitoring the average (DC) level of the luminance signal information and providing a control signal representative thereof to vary the gain of a luminance amplifier stage while remaining sensitive to the amplitude levels of brightness components exceeding a threshold level and modifying the control signal in accordance therewith.

Another object of the invention is to provide an improved automatic contrast control circuit which increases the gain of a luminance amplifier stage during reception of undermodulated luminance signals.

A further object of the present invention is to provide an automatic contrast control circuit of the foregoing type for deriving a variable DC control potential from applied luminance signals which, upon application to the luminance channel, adjusts the gain of a luminance amplifier stage in accordance with the varying luminance signal requirements.

Still another object of the invention is to provide a luminance processing channel including automatic contrast control circuitry which may be fabricated as a monolithic integrated circuit to provide an output luminance signal having stabilized black level and optimum contrast without producing excessive beam currents.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

In accordance with the present invention, an improved automatic contrast control circuit is provided for varying the gain of an amplifier stage in the luminance processing channel of a color television receiver whenever the average DC level of the input luminance information varies from a desired level, or whenever the peak amplitudes of the AC brightness components of the luminance information exceed a predetermined threshhold level. In a preferred embodiment, the automatic contrast control circuit includes a gain-controlled luminance amplifier stage in a luminance processing channel for translating instantaneous luminance signals derived from received broadcast transmissions to an image reproducer. The amplified luminance signals found at the output of the amplifier stage have a stabilized black level. There are also provided detector means coupled to the amplifier output for developing control signals that are representative of the average DC level of the instantaneous luminance signals. The control signals are then applied to the gain-controlled amplifier stage to vary its gain inversely with changes in the average luminance level. Finally, peak limiter means are coupled between the amplifier output and the detector means to modify the control signals whenever the instantaneous luminance signals exceed a threshhold level. The modified control signals are similarly utilized to effect inverse gain variations in the gain-controlled amplifier stage regardless of the average level of the luminance signals.

.DIGITAL CONTROL OF BRIGHTNESS,
SATURATION AND CONTRAST ON TV SIGNALS
AND R, G, B INTERNAL OR EXTERNAL
SOURCES .BUS DRIVE OF SWITCHING FUNCTIONS .DEMATRIXING OF R, G, B SIGNALS FROM
Y, R-Y, B-Y, TV MODE INPUTS .MATRIXING OF R, G, B SOURCES INTO
Y, R-Y, B-Y SIGNALS .AUTOMATIC DRIVE AND CUT-OFF CONTROLS
BY DIGITAL PROCESSING DURING
FRAME RETRACE .PEAK ANDAVERAGE BEAM CURRENT LIMITATION
.ON-CHIP SWITCHING FOR R, G, B INPUT
SELECTION .ON-CHIP INSERTION OF INTERNAL OR EXTERNAL
R, G, B SOURCES

GENERAL DESCRIPTION
Brief Description
This integrated circuit incorporates the following
features :
- a synchro and two video inputs
- a fixed video output
- a switchable video output
- normal Y, R-Y, B-Y TV mode inputs
- double set of R, G, B inputs
- brightness, contrast and saturation controls as
wellon aR,G, B picture ason a normalTVpicture
- digital control inputs by means of serial bus
- peak beam current limitation
- average beam current limitation
- automaticdrive and cut-off controls
Block Diagram Description
BUS DECODER
A 3 lines bus (clock, data, enable) delivered by the
microcontroller of the TV-set enters the videoprocessor
integrated circuit (pins 13-14-15). A control
system acts in such a way that only a 9-bit word is
taken intoaccount by the videoprocessor.Six of the
bits carry the data, the remaining three carry the
address of the subsystem.


A demultiplexer directs the data towards latches
which drive the appropriate control. More detailed
information about serial bus operation is given in
the following chapter.
Video Switch
The video switch has three inputs :
- an internal video input (pin 39),
- an external video input (pin 37),
- a synchro input (pin 41),
and two outputs :
- an internal video output (pin 40),
- a switchable video output (pin 42)
The 1Vpp composite video signal applied to the
internal video input is multiplied by two and then
appears as a 2Vpp low impedance composite
video signal at the output. This signal is used to
deliver a 1Vpp/75W composite video signal to the
peri-TV plug.
The switchable video output canbe any of the three
inputs.When the Int/Ext one active bit word is high
(address number 5), the internal video input is
selected. If not, either a regeneratedsynchro pulse
or the external video signal is directed towards this
output depending on the level of the Sync/Async
one active bit word (address number 4). As this
output is to be connected to the synchro integrated
circuit, RGB information derived from an external
source via the Peri-TV plug canbedisplayed on the
screen, the synchronization of the TV-set being
then made with an external video signal.
When RGB information is derived from a source
integrated in the TV-set, a teletext decoder for
example, the synchronization can be made either
on the internal video input (in case of synchronous
data) or on the synchro input (in case of asynchronous
data).
R, G, B Inputs
There are two sets of R, G, B inputs : one is to be
connected to the peri-TV plug (Ext R, G, B), the
second one to receive the information derived from
the TV-set itself (Int R, G, B).
In order to have a saturation control on a picture
coming from the R, G, B inputs too, it is necessary
to getR-Y, B-Y and Y signals from R, G, B information
: this is performed on the first matrix that
receives the three 0.9Vp (100% white) R, G, B
signals and delivers the corresponding Y, R-Y, B-Y
signals. These ones are multiplied by 1.4 in order
to make the R-Y and B-Y signals compatible with
the R-Y and B-Y TV mode inputs. The desired R,
G, B inputs are selected by means of 3 switches
controlled by the two fast blanking signal inputs. A
high level on FB external pin selects the external
RGB sources. The three selected inputs are
clamped in order to give the required DC level at
the output of this firstmatrix. Thethree not selected
inputs are clamped on a fixed DC level.
Y, R-Y, B-Y Inputs
The 2Vpp composite video signal appearing at the
switchable output of the video switch (pin 42) is
driven through the subcarrier trap and the luminance
delay line with a 6 dB attenuation to the Y
input (1Vpp ; pin 12). In order to make this 1Vpp
(synchro to white) Y signal compatible with the
1Vpp (black to white) Y signal delivered by the first
matrix, it is necessary to multiply it by a coefficient
of 1.4.

Controls
The four brightness, contrastand saturationcontrol
functions are direct digitally controlled without using
digital-to-analog converters.
The contrast control of the Y channel is obtained
by means of a digital potentiometer which is an
attenuator including several switchable cells directly
controlled by a 5 active bit word (address
number 1). The brightness control is also made by
a digital potentiometer (5 active bit word, address
number 0). Since a + 3dB contrast capability is
required, the Y signal value could be up to 0.7Vpp
nominal. For both functions, the control characteristics
are quasi-linear.
In each R-Y and B-Y channel, a six-cell digital
attenuator is directly controlled by a 6 active bit
word (address number 6 and 7). The tracking
needed to keep the saturation constant when
changing the contrast has to be done externally by
the microcontroller. Furthermore, colour can be
disabledby blankingR-Y andB-Ysignals using one
active bit word (address number 2) to drive the
one-chip colour ON/OFF switch.
Second Matrix, Clamp, Peak Clipping, Blanking
The second matrix receives the Y, R-Y and B-Y
signals and delivers the corresponding R, G, B
signals. As it is required to have the capability of +
6dB saturation, an internal gain of 2 is applied on
both R-Y and B-Y signals.
A low clipping level is included in order to ensure a
correct blanking during the line and frame retraces.
Ahigh clipping level ensures thepeakbeamcurrent
limitation. These limitations are correct only if the
DC bias of the three R, G, B signals are precise
enough. Therefore a clamp has been added in
each channel in order to compensate for the inaccuracy
of the matrix.
Sandcastle Detector And Counter
The three level supersandcastle is used in the
circuit to deliver the burst pulse (CLP), the horizontal
pulse (HP), and the composite vertical and
horizontal blanking pulse (BLI). This last one is
regenerated in the counter which delivers a new
composite pulse (BL) in which the vertical part lasts
23 lines when the vertical part of the supersandcastle
lasts more than 11 lines.
The TEA5040S cannot work properly if this minimum
duration of 11 lines is not ensured.
The counterdelivers different pulses neededcircuit
and especially the line pulses 17 to 23 used in the
automatic drive and cut-off control system.
Automatic Drive And Cut-off Control System
Cut-off and drive adjustments are no longer required
with this integrated circuit as it has a sample
and hold feedback loop incorporating the final
stages of the TV-set. This system works in a sequentialmode.
For this purpose, special pulses are
inserted in G, R and B channels. During the lines
17, 18 and 19, a ”drive pulse” is inserted respectively
in the green, red and blue channels. The line
20 is blanked on the three channels. During the
lines 21, 22 and 23, a ”quasi cut-off pulse” is
inserted respectively in the green, red and blue
guns.
The resulting signal is then applied to the input of
a voltage controlled amplifier. In the final stages of
the TV-set, the current flowing in each green, red
and blue cathode is measured and sent to the
videoprocessorby a current source.
The three currents are added together in a resistor
matrix which can be programmed to set the ratio
between the three currents in order to get the
appropriate colour temperature. The output of the
matrix forms a high impedance voltage source
which is connectedto the integratedcircuit (pin 34).
Same measurement range between drive and cutoff
is achieved by internally grounding an external
low impedance resistor during lines 17, 18 and 19.
This is due to the fact that the drive currents are
about one hundred times higher than the cut-off
and leakage currents.
Each voltage appearing sequentially on the wire
pin 34 is then a function of specific cathode current
:
- When a current due to a drive pulse occurs, the
voltage appearing on the pin 34 is compared
within the IC with an internal reference, and the
result of the comparison charges or discharges
an external appropriate drive capacitor which
stores the value during the frame. This voltage is
applied to a voltage controlled amplifier and the
system works in such a waythat the pulse current
drive derived from the cathode is kept constant.
- During the line 20, the three guns of the picture
tube are blanked. The leakagecurrent flowing out
of the final stages is transformed into a voltage which is stored by an external leakage capacitor
to be used later as a reference for the cut-off
current measurement.
- When a current due to a cut-off pulse occurs, the
voltage appearing on the pin 34 is compared
within the ICto the voltagepresenton the leakage
memory. Anappropriate externalcapacitor is then
charged or discharged in such a way that the
difference between each measured current and
the leakage current is kept constant, and thus the
quasi cut-off current is kept constant.
AverageBeam Current Limitation
The total current of the three guns is integrated by
means of an internal resistor and an external capacitor
(pin 36) and thencompared with a programmable
voltage reference(pin 38). When 70% of the
maximum permitted beam current is reached, the
drive gain begins to be reduced ; to do so, the
amplitude of the inserted pulse is increased.
In order to keep enough contrast, the maximum
drive reduction is limited to 6dB. If it is not sufficient,
the brightness is suppressed.
SPECIFICATION FOR THE THOMSON BI-DIRECTIONAL
DATA BUS
This is a bi-directional 3-wire (ENABLE, CLOCK,
DATA) serial bus. The DATA line transmission is
bi-directional whereas ENABLE and CLOCK lines
are only microprocessor controlled. The ENABLE
and CLOCK lines are only driven by the microcomputer.





TDA8185 HORIZONTALAND VERTICAL PROCESSOR:

503kHz REFERENCE OSCILLATOR
5.5V SUPPLY VOLTAGE INTERNALLY
REGULATED
VERY SOPHISTICATED SYNC. SEPARATOR
COUNTDOWN TIMING LOGIC
ADAPTS AUTOMATICALLY TO
LINE/50Hz AND 525 LINE/60Hz STANDARDS
50/60 Hz IDENTIFICATION OUTPUT
AUTOMATIC VERTICAL AMPLITUDE CORRECTION
50/60Hz
CRT PROTECTION CIRCUIT
PHASE-CORRECTED HORIZONTAL OUTPUT
WITH CONSTANT DUTY CYCLE.

DESCRIPTION
The TDA8185 is a monolithic integrated circuit in
24 pins dual in line plastic package intended for TV
signal processing and driving Horizontal and Vertical
output stages. It was specially designed for
VCR working conditions.




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