[time-nuts] Ultra High Stability Time Base Options for 53132A

Magnus Danielson magnus at rubidium.se
Tue Apr 14 01:01:03 EDT 2015


On 04/13/2015 11:03 PM, Richard (Rick) Karlquist wrote:
> On 4/13/2015 12:14 PM, Magnus Danielson wrote:
>> Oh yes. Some people say that you should not overcomplex things. My
>> experience is that oversimplifying them can cause a long stretch of
>> complex problems and complex workarounds making the total solution more
>> expensive in development, customer relations and more complex than
>> starting with a more advanced solution, that actually attempts to
>> address the design issues. Ah well.
> This is extremely good advice.  The ultimate example of the
> oversimplified design is the Muntz TV set, where few parts are
> used, but they all interact with each other in mysterious
> ways that depend on unknown unspecified parameters.  The ultimate
> example of the overcomplicated design is the Japanese VCR, circa 1980.
> Schematic looks like it was designed by committee.  The parts
> count has become bloated to the point of redundancy.  Neither
> is desirable.

Having seen such a spectra, I learned to enjoy the simplicity of designs 
actually addressing complex issues just right with a handful of 
components. Some designs is more cleverly done than meets the eye at 
first sight.


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