[time-nuts] Thunderbolt Power Supply

Dave Brown tractorb at ihug.co.nz
Fri May 23 07:15:12 EDT 2008

The Tbolt requires a -12 volt line for the RS232 interface-it so 
happens that somewhat less than -12 will work as most RS232 line 
receivers have significant margin on the required negative voltage for 
proper signal detection. (and the positive too-but that's another 
story)  So using -6 or -7 volts will provide a workable RS232 output 
from the Tbolt for pretty much any RS232 input it is connected to, but 
its hardly standard.  Much better to provide a -12 supply and keep 
everything standard. The -12 current requirement is minimal-just a 
milliamp or two. See prior posts for the Tbolt power rail current 
DaveB, NZ

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Eric Haskell" <eric_haskell at hotmail.com>
To: <time-nuts at febo.com>
Sent: Friday, May 23, 2008 5:05 PM
Subject: [time-nuts] Thunderbolt Power Supply

>I have what appears to be the same module pictured for the group buy 
> from another US source who was selling on the Agilent group.  The 
> Trimble
> data sheet he provided said it is Trimble PN 41562-30 and requires 
> +12, -7
> and +5Vdc. He had -7 to -8 hand written aroumd the the printed -7. 
> The
> group buy this group is using -12 instrad of -7Vdc.  I assume this 
> low
> current line is regulated on the Trimble module so it is safe to 
> apply -12
> VDC to my unit as well?  What is the model and supplier of the power 
> brick
> for the group buy? Will TAPR offer the power supply seperatly?
> Regards,
> Eric
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