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Can a Digital Down Converter, at the same time, generate I,Q streams & Downconvert?

A Digital Down Converter (DDC) is usually used to convert Real Digital Signals at a high frequency to baseband (centered around 0Hz). DDC does this so by producing negative and positive frequencies. ...
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SDR: Quadrature demodulation vs direct RF sampling

I see that many SDRs use a quadrature demodulator and sample I and Q signals. But is it possible to downconvert the RF signal instead, sample it with only one ADC, and get the same capabilities of ...
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What happens when I and Q are switched?

In https://ham.stackexchange.com/a/1068/9 it's shown that one can use $$ r = \sqrt{I^2+Q^2} $$ to decode AM signals from a direct conversion receiver. It appears that, in this particular case, I ...
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What are the I and Q in quadrature sampling?

For some reason I've long believed that given I and Q, one corresponds to amplitude, and one to phase, so I thought that I could hold one steady and create AM, or hold the other steady and create FM. ...