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EH90

Sensibly equivalent to:
6CS6
See also:
Valves and their Habits - Locked Oscillator Discriminator - New Mullard Television Valves - Valves for Dual Standard TVs Advert - EH90 Locked Oscillator and PL500 Advert
    
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The EH90 is an indirectly heated heptode frequency changer. In the early 1960's Mullard designed for television service in dual standard sets, the EH90 as an FM demodulator for 6 MHz inter-carrier sound.
There is a paragraph on the EH90 in the 'Mullard Outlook' in an article entitled 'New Mullard Television Valves'. EH90 - Sound Discriminator.
Adoption of the 625-line standard is to include the use of FM transmissions, and the latest dual-standard receivers are equipped to accommodate these transmissions. The Mullard heptode, type EH90, is being used for FM detection in many of these new sets, where it operates as a locked-oscillator discriminator.
The EH90 is used as a dual control valve in this application: the transmitted signals are applied to the first grid, and the local oscillations to the third grid, coupling between the two electrodes occurs by way of the electron stream. The circuit depends for its operation on the fact that the mean anode current in the EH90 will be a function of the phase relationship between signals of similar frequency applied to the control electrodes.
As this relationship varies with the signal frequency, frequency modulations at the first grid are converted to demodulated amplitude variations at the anode, and these are subsequently amplified and fed to the loudspeaker.
The electron coupling in the EH90 is good, as is the frequency-to-amplitude transfer characteristic. The valve is thus very suitable for use in this type of discriminator, and will contribute notably to the benefits accruing from the adoption of FM sound transmissions'.
The logo used here is the stylised version whereas EH90 has the older logo.
The anode has small notches top and bottom in the plane of the grids. Our other EH90 has much deeper notches.
The close winding at the top of g4 can be seen. G3 supports are at 90 degrees to the other grids.
The thin glass tube envelope is 18 mm in diameter, and excluding the B7G base pins is 46 mm tall.
References: Datasheet and 'Mullard Outlook', Vol. 12, No. 7, December 1962. Type EH90 was first introduced in 1954.

 

Pin Connections
B7G
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
g1
k,g5
h
h
a
g2,g4
g3

 

Absolute Maximum Operating Conditions
Heptode
Vh
Ah
Va
Vs
Vg
mAa
mAs
ra
gm
6.3
0.3
100
30
-1
0.75
1.1
1M
0.95
Thanks to Frank Philipse for supplying the above PDF datasheet.
Updated September 07, 2016.
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