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In telecommunication, the term heterodyne has the following meanings:

1. To generate new frequencies by mixing two or more signals in a nonlinear device such as a vacuum tube, transistor, or diode mixer.

Note: A superheterodyne receiver converts any selected incoming frequency by heterodyne action to a common intermediate frequency where amplification and selectivity (filtering) are provided.

2. A frequency produced by mixing two or more signals in a nonlinear device.

Source: from Federal Standard 1037C and from MIL-STD-188

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