third-order intercept point

A point (a) that is an extrapolated convergence–not directly measurable–of intermodulation distortion products in the desired output and (b) that indicates how well a receiver performs in the presence of strong nearby signals. Note: Determination of a third-order intercept point is accomplished by using two test frequencies that fall within the first intermediate frequency mixer passband. Usually, the test frequencies are about 20 to 30 kHz apart.