FAQ's

Does the company have an ISO 9001 certification?

Yes. Click ISO 9001 to view and download the company certificate.
For chinese version, please click here

Is there a Rb heat sink application note?

Yes there is an application note for the RMO Rb model, though applicable for any other Rb model, which explains the outer temperature increase of a Rb unit within a given system configuration and the optimization of the heat dissipation through a heat sink device or radiator. 

Specific requirement verification test request

If you have any specific requirement verification test request, please fill out this document and send it to the contact at the bottom of the form. 

What are the storage requirements?

Cold storage should be performed with a stable humidity rate of max. 30-60%. There are no issues for hot storage.
Storage time under current environment – i.e., humidity up to 60%RH - is not limited. For a long period of storage under severe climatic conditions (e.g., tropical environment, >40°C and >85%RH), we recommend that customer request for a hermetically sealed package. This package is also ESD safe, and should be removed just before operating the Rubidium clock.
Other storage options such as inert gas package filling or vacuum packaging is also possible.

What is the lifetime/realiability of Rubidium clocks?

The rubidium lifetime (or reliability) is 20 years. Click on MTBF data for more information.

What's the Rubidium hazard for safety, health and environmental management?

Check our Product Safety Data Sheet.

What's the rubidium Product Safety Data Sheet (PSDS/MSDS)?

Click on PSDS document . Since we are strictly selling Rubidium product and not Rubidium material, the document is named PSDS (Product Safety Data Sheet) rather than MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet). The PSDS document contains information related to Q&A in handling/shipping of Rubidium (Rb) oscillators and system products containing Rb oscillators .

GXClok-500 lead second testing

See GXClok-500 lead second testing product guideline

How can I use the PicoTime without the STABLE32 program?

Yes. The PicoTime is delivered with acquisition software which provides raw data for Allan deviation plotting and computing applications. For data analysis, you can request information about the STABLE32 timing performance management program

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How to connect the RS-232 port of a Rubidium clock to a PC?

Check out these connection instructions

Is the 10MHz output signal in phase with the 1PPS output ?

Yes, but with 3 initial phase alignments: 0s, 33ns or 66ns.

How to connect the Out Of Lock (OOL) output of a Rubidium clock when it is unlocked to turn on the LED light?

Check the information in the related Operating Manual. The OOL output is slightly different for each Rubidium clock.

How to operate the DDS inside the smart SRO-100 SynClock+?

As illustrated below, the SRO mon.exe program allows you to enter a frequency between 0 to 20 MHz and the program will automatically compute the values.



What 's the phase accuracy of the 1PPS output versus UTC?

+/-100ns

What kind of files are generated and managed by the PicoTime?

The PicoTime™ generates ASCII file data. A third-party program can be used to retrieve and process this data for timing performance management. To request a quote for such a third-party program, please contact us.

How to mount the RMO clock to guarantee a maximum case temperature of 55/60 C?

Unlike other Rubidium models, the RMO is designed to be mounted on PCB like OCXOs, creating thermal dissipation issues. The RMO mounting depends on the available space, the ambient temperature inside the customer system, and the distance between the RMO unit and the nearest system heat sink. Check these RMO mounting recommendations

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How will the GXClok-500 behave with the upcoming leap second in 2015

The GXClok-500 should manage a leap second correctly with "60" as second indication. However, there is not often an occasion to test it. The same routine program behaved correctly during the last leap second event.
The only way to know if there is a leap second pending is to communicate directly with the ublox's GPS LEA-6T receiver that is integrated into the GXClok-500. Spectratime is not equipped to test nor simulate a leap second situation.

Nonetheless, if the GXClok-500 misses a leap second, the GPRMC NMEA message will be false during 15 seconds for instance, then the message will follow the GPS' receiver indications. 

What is the monitoring interface of the smart SRO SynClock+?

ASCII commands over RS-232.

What's the phase difference of the 1PPS output between 2 GPSReference units?

+/-200ns.

How to adjust the 1PPS output of the smart SRO-100 SynClock+ for phase/time alignments?

The smart SRO has the capability to adjust the 1PPS output from 0-1 sec through its internal 1ns-resolution comparator for phase/time alignments. The adjustments can be made thru the RS-232 commands. Check the instructions in the Operating Manual.

What is the holdover performance of the smart SRO SynClock+ compared with industry ITU-T/ANSI Standards?

A typical holdover performance is illustrated below.

How to specify the drift rate of a Rubidium clock to achieve <1ms TIE in holdover over 120 days?

Request our What-If Holdover Simulator.

What's the RoHS Compliance for Spectratime 's Rubidium Products?

Click here for SpectraTime products compliance status to the Directive 2011/06/U (RoHS).

The full text of the Directive 2011/65/EU on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS) can be obtained here

Where can I buy the female DB25 connector, 90 Solder Pin, 9.4mm, in the North America?

Check with www.itt.com. The P/N should be DBM25-S1AON for chromate shells and DBM25-S1AON-A197 for tin shells

What's the process to keep the SRO's holdover/free running stability at 1us/24hr?

A tracking (or learning) time of 24 hours is required to achieve a 1us/24hr performance, allowing the average frequency to be successfully saved in the EEPROM inside the SRO.

If the tracking is stopped after 12 hours, the SRO goes back to the factory setting frequency, affecting the holdover (or free running) performance. Ideally the SRO's holdover tests is as follows:

1) Power on the SRO and let it stabilize for 1 day.

2) Start the tracking process by HW (hardware) or SW (software). Sync or no sync mode has no influence.

3) Let it track for at least 24 hours.

4) Put the SRO in holdover mode by stopping the 1PPSREF or optionally removing the GPS antenna. Stopping the tracking by HW or SW will have a different holdover performance, as a sudden frequency jump to the last frequency value will be stored in the EEPROM. If the 1PPSREF is stopped during the tracking process, the SRO will go in holdover mode with a smooth (or negligible) frequency jump, which will be the last frequency value stored in the EEPROM. Below is the basic concept:

  • Long period of tracking, many days, 24 hours frequency saving will be activated: thus no difference in holdover performance
  • Short period of tracking, <1day, 24 hours frequency saving will not be activated: thus a large difference in holdover performance

Notes:

a) The frequency learning during the tracking process is related to the command FS (frequency save)

b) Check if the 24 hours frequency saving is activated with the "FS9" command. The answer should be 1.

c) If 24 hours are too long for the frequency learning, you may test with the FS2 or FS3 command during the tracking process. This command must be sent just before going back to the holdover mode by HW or SW.

What is the time delay between the PPSOut pulse and the RS-232 time message?

The time message available through the RS-232 BTx command is delayed a few ms from the PPSInt (internal PPS reference). If the Sync mode is ON, the time delay performance with the software 1.06 is illustrated below. If your application requires an improved time delay performance, please contact us.

Simplifying the SRO-100's use in your system design

Simplifying the SRO-100’s use in your system design

Simplifying the SRO-100's tracking function in your system design

Simplifying the SRO-100’s tracking function in your system design