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Improvements in OCXO performance by the use of an on-board microprocessor

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2 Author(s)
Wacker, M.F. ; Vectron Int., Mount Holly Springs, PA ; Villella, A.

This paper demonstrates advances made in correcting the effects of ambient temperature and supply voltage on an oven controlled crystal oscillator (OCXO) by means of a microprocessor. In one implementation, the controller is programmed to read ambient temperature and/ or operating supply voltage; and then calculate a correction voltage that is applied to a varactor diode in series with the resonator. In another method, the oven controller itself is steered as a function of ambient temperature or supply voltage to achieve desired compensation. A single-board OCXO housed within an industry standard CO-08 enclosure has been utilized for this investigation. The uncompensated design exhibits a typical thermal gain of 75 degC/degC and an inherent temperature coefficient (TempCo) averaging about 10 ppb.

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Frequency Control Symposium, 2008 IEEE International

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19-21 May 2008