Datum/Symmetricom 8040 Rubidium frequency standard teardown

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Teardown: A look at the Datum/Symmetricom 8040 Rubidium frequency standard

The 8040 used an LPRO 101 (low profile Rubidium oscillator) oscillator. Interestingly, there is a note written on the top of the LPRO case: “vibration test may have magnetized cover”. As you may know, Rubidium standards’s accuracy is very sensitive to external magnetic field. But it shouldn’t be an issue for me as the drift caused by magnetism is usually in the sub milli-Hertz range and even the most sensitive frequency counter in my lab won’t be able to pick up this minute drift.

More details at Kerry Wong’s blog.

Check out the video after the break.

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