I don't use the word "modulated" very much and I would like to make sure I use it correctly. The TSSP77038 IR receiver module is a device that detects infrared light turning on and off quickly at a frequency of 38 kHz. When it detects light like that, the output goes low and stays low until the signal disappears.
Is it appropriate to describe the TSSP77038 as a "38 kHz modulated IR sensor", since the infrared light wave needs to be turned on and off at 38 kHz? Or would the word "modulated" only apply to the gaps that one would insert into a 38 kHz IR signal in order to transmit actual data?
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The TSSP77038 datasheet does not use the word modulated.
Wikipedia describes modulation this way:
In electronics and telecommunications, modulation is the process of varying one or more properties of a periodic waveform, called the carrier signal, with a modulating signal that typically contains information to be transmitted.