[time-nuts] TIC model

Bob Stewart bob at evoria.net
Wed Feb 19 13:08:42 EST 2014

Hi Bruce,

What are the tradeoffs with using different values for R1?  I have no practical experience at this, so all I can do is rely on the models.  Does the fact that R2 is in the PIC, and C1 is so tiny, make the value of R1 of less importance?  On my PIC, they list C1 as 5pf, R2 as effectively about 7K, and C2 120pf.


> From: Bruce Griffiths <bruce.griffiths at xtra.co.nz>
>To: Discussion of precise time and frequency measurement <time-nuts at febo.com> 
>Sent: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 9:35 PM
>Subject: Re: [time-nuts] TIC model
>The attached circuit schematic illustrates how this might be implemented.
>Faster logic devices can be substituted.
>R2, C2 approximate the equivalent input circuit of the ADC.
>R2, C2 values will vary for each ADC.
>The Shift register which acts as a synchroniser and produces various trigger signals is clocked at 10MHz (assumed to be the uP instruction cycle clock rate)
>The RC network charge time varies between 1 and 2 shift register clock periods ( ie a charge time from 100ns to 200ns).
>Sampling a time stamp counter clocked at the same frequency as the shift register is only required if the GPSDO local oscillator has a potential initial offset of  100ppb or more.
>If missing PPS detection is required then a PPS time stamp counter with a range of several seconds is desirable.

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