[time-nuts] Surplus Rubidium Oscillator Frequency Spread
magnus at rubidium.dyndns.org
Sat Aug 29 09:06:22 EDT 2015
I had some fun post-processing your data.
If we believe this to be a representative set, then on average they age
about -3E-11/year. Plotting it (error vs. years and error/year vs.
years) gives no real clue.
On 08/28/2015 04:37 AM, Skip Withrow wrote:
> Hello time-nuts,
> As an experiment I took 10 FEI FE-5650A rubidium oscillators and measured
> their frequency error (units were chosen randomly). These were 15MHz units
> taken directly off the telecom cards with no modifications. These units
> never went to China, and are pulls from working systems. Each unit was
> allowed to warmup for a couple of hours before the measurement was made.
> Results were:
> Unit # Date Code Error
> 301302 0716 -2.87 x 10E-10
> C312570 0839 +4.16 x 10E-11
> 79119 0701 -1.01 x 10E-10
> C312324 0812 -2.54 x 10E-10
> 69008 0450 -2.52 x 10E-10
> 60495 0352 -6.05 x 10E-10
> 78894 0651 -4.30 x 10E-11
> 79287 0701 -2.77 x 10E-10
> 71379 0523 -1.80 x 10E-10
> 78871 0651 -8.58 x 10E-10
> Date code is YYWW. The units with a 'C' in front are after production was
> moved to China.
> All but 1 of the units ran slow (my reference was a Trimble GPSTM, locked
> to GPS, so should be within a couple parts in 10E-12). I doubt that FEI's
> reference was off by a couple parts in 10E-10, so my conclusion is that
> they tend to age slower while in service (they are disciplined to GPS in
> the application anyway).
> These oscillators can be stepped by 6.8 x 10E-13 via digital control. When
> modified by us at RDR we set them +/-2x10E-11 (for a 00 00 00 00 control
> word). It would be interesting to know how many hours are on each of the
> test units, but I know of no way to obtain that information (unless it is
> part of the secret information that be read out of the unit).
> Skip Withrow
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