[ntp:questions] Re: Use of "Atomic Clock" Nomenclature

Martin Burnicki martin.burnicki at meinberg.de
Fri Jan 20 10:12:05 UTC 2006

Max Power wrote:
> Use of "Atomic Clock" Nomenclature
> Many WWVB RCC products are labelled (on the product itself or in the
> documentation) as "atomic clocks." This is probably seen by manufacturers
> as a useful marketing tool intended to capture the imagination of
> potential customers, and some might argue that it is appropriate since
> atomic clocks
> are located at the  WWVB radio transmitter site.
> However, we contend that use of the term "atomic clock" is technically
> incorrect and misleading to consumers, and its usage should be avoided.
> Unless there is actually an atomic oscillator inside the RCC (such as a
> cesium or rubidium oscillator), we recommend that the term "radio
> controlled clock" be used to correctly describe the product.

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Martin Burnicki

Meinberg Funkuhren
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