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Quartz oscillator characteristics

Comparison of frequency standards' salient characteristics, including environmental effects* (note that the temperature ranges for Rb and Cs are narrower than for quartz).

  Quartz Oscillators Atomic Oscillators
TCXO MCXO OCXO Rubidium RbXO Cesium
Accuracy*
(per year)
2 x 10-6 6 x 10-8 1 x 10-8 5 x 10-10 7 x 10-10 2 x 10-11
Aging/year 5 x 10-7 2 x 10-8 5 x 10-9 2 x 10-10 2 x 10-10 0
Temp. Stab.
(range, °C)
5 x 10-7
(-55 to +85)
3 x 10-8
(-55 to +85)
1 x 10-9
(-55 to +85)
3 x 1010
(-55 to +68)
5 x 1010
(-55 to +85)
2 x 1011
(-28 to +65)
Stability, sy(t)
(t=1s)
1 x 10-9 3 x 10-10 1 x 10-12 3 x 10-12 5 x 10-12 5 x 10-11
Size (cm2) 10 50 20-200 800 1200 6000
Warmup time
(min.)
0.1
(to 1 x 10-6)
0.1
(to 2 x 10-8)
4
(to 1 x 10-8)
3
(to 5 x 10-10)
3
(to 5 x 10-10)
20
(to 2 x 10-11)
Power (W)
(at lowest temp.)
0.05 0.04 0.6 20 0.65 30
Price (~$) 100 1,000 2,000 8,000 10,000 40,000

 

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