[ntp:questions] Windows time question.
"terje.mathisen at tmsw.no" at ntp.org
Sat Apr 23 16:52:18 UTC 2011
Richard B. Gilbert wrote:
> On 4/23/2011 2:52 AM, unruh wrote:
>> On 2011-04-23, David J Taylor<david-taylor at blueyonder.co.uk.invalid>
>>> "Richard B. Gilbert"<rgilbert88 at comcast.net> wrote in message
>>> news:ot-dnVdAGogjOizQnZ2dnUVZ_o-dnZ2d at giganews.com...
>>>> Anyone who doubts the accuracy, legitimacy, etc. of pool services
>>>> be able to purchase a GPS timing receiver and get the time from "the
>>>> horse's mouth". The investment required is about $100 US at a minimum.
>>> Even less - US $34 now....
>> He did say a "timing receiver". That could mean a GPS receiver
>> specifically set up to supply time, including an on board temp
>> insensitive crystal to supply the time if the sattelite availability
>> goes to low.
> There is no such thing as a "temp insensitive crystal"! A crystal can
> be placed in a tiny temperature controlled oven to achieve the *effect*
> of temperature insensitivity.
Depending upon the cut, quartz crystals can be more or less
temperature-sensitive, so it is in fact possible to get one that will
wander less when the surrounding temperature changes.
A TCXO avoids the problem, as you noted, by having a
thermostat-controlled oven which keeps the temperature more or less
The most energy-efficient approach is to have a tiny temperature sensor
on or near the crystal, then use a sw lookup table to compensate for
Garmin have used this approach for many years in order to get
sufficiently stable 10 MHz time bases in their GPSs.
- <Terje.Mathisen at tmsw.no>
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