[time-nuts] Generating a solid PPS from 10Mhz source

Charles Steinmetz csteinmetz at yandex.com
Fri Jan 15 06:57:43 UTC 2016

Nick wrote:

>The output from my GPSDO is a square wave, so I didn't condition the 
>input. In the past what I've used for that is a DC blocking cap, 
>followed by a Thevenin termination (100 ohms to ground and Vcc) 
>feeding a 74LVC1G17 Schmitt trigger buffer. I don't know if that's 
>up to Time Nuts standard or not. The one downside I've seen with it 
>is that it kind of requires a larger input amplitude than is 
>sometimes convenient.

You will get less jitter (as well as more sensitivity) if you use a 
buffer without a Schmitt input (it should also be "native" CMOS -- 
with an input threshold of 1/2 Vcc -- not CMOS with TTL input 
thresholds).  For best performance, the input signal should be scaled 
to drive the buffer input quite close to both logic power supply 
rails.  You can use Shottky diodes (1N5711, 1N6263) to clamp the 
buffer input to 0 and Vcc if necessary (I would include such diodes 
as a best practice, even if I did not expect input excursions beyond 
the rails).

Best regards,


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