by Mark “hiddensoul” Clohesy @ hamshack.org:
I was looking at a low cost way to build a 10Mhz frequency for my electronics lab. I had a few options that I could pursue, these were…
GPS Disciplined Crystal Oscillator (GPSDO)
Rubidium atomic standard (RbXO)
Caesium atomic Standard
Oven Controlled Crystal Oscillator (OCXO)
So to make a choice on what I should use I had to come up with design parameters for my frequency standard, these were as follows.
Had to be low cost
Had to be portable
Had to work inside of a building
Had to be stable, better then +/- 0.5 hertz drift over 2 minutes
Low Cost 10Mhz Frequency Reference - [Link]
Kerry Wong writes:
DS3232 is an extremely accurate RTC with a guaranteed accuracy of 2.5 ppm (0 °C to 40 °C), which translates into an error of just 80 seconds over the course of a year under the worst case scenario. I had done a few projects using this chip before (you can read about them here).
While by default DS3232 is already very accurate, we can push its accuracy even higher by adjusting its aging offset register (8bit). This adjustment works by adding or subtracting the corresponding capacitance to or from the oscillator capacitor array. The adjustable range is represented as 2′s complement (-128 to 127) and each LSB change corresponds to roughly 0.1 ppm of change in frequency. So the overall adjustment range can be achieved programmatically is roughly ±13 ppm.
DS3232 clock frequency calibration - [Link]
IQD frequency products have introduced a new range of temperature compensated voltage controlled crystal oscillators (TCVCXO) in a miniature 8-pad 5 x 3.2 mm outline. The IQXT-210 series TCVCXO, offers frequency stability down to ±0.14ppm over the full industrial temperature range of -40 to 85ºC.
Powered from a 3.3V supply the IQXT-210 has a typical current draw of only 12 mA (dependent upon oscillator frequency). The frequency can be specified between 10 MHz to 50 MHz. Initially there are 11 standard frequencies available including 12.8 MHz, 19.2 MHz and 26.0 MHz. Output can be specified as either HCMOS, 15pF load or Clipped Sine, into 10k Ohms load.
Tiny TCVCXO gets close to oven–controlled crystal stability - [Link]
fowkc published his latest project the mains frequency display:
I wanted to make a display that could show the mains frequency to 3 decimal places. I’d be using the same seven-segment display modules that I used in my UNIX clock, so all I had to do was design the part that would work out the frequency.
Mains frequency display - [Link]
Harrymatic @ instructables.com writes:
I am in the process of designing a function generator and I needed a frequency counter to check it against. This project uses a minimal number of components for a very economical and compact design. A bare-bones Arduino clone is at the heart of this project and the measured frequency is shown on an LCD display. The maximum frequency that this can measure is about 8 MHz (at a 50% duty cycle). Despite the fact that this counts the frequency on one of the digital pins, I have found that it will quite happily measure sine and triangle waves providing that they have a suitable amplitude.
8MHz Frequency Counter - [Link]
This AVR-based Frequency Meter is capable of measuring frequencies from 1Hz to 10MHz with 1 Hz resolution. The hardware of this project consists of seven 7-segment displays, AVR ATtiny2313 uController, and a few transistors and resistors. The AVR counts input pulses for a precise 1 second interval (generated using the built-in Timer) and displays the result on the multiplexed seven segment LED displays. [via]
1Hz to 10MHz frequency meter using ATtiny2313 - [Link]
Sergei Bezrukov writes:
My goal was to design a simple and user-friendly frequency counter which would be capable to handle radio FM frequencies and have an autonomous power supply. Powering it from batteries benefits to the device portability and makes working with it more convenient by eliminating a mess of power cords in a home lab. I use it just occasionally and a small size is a bonus simplifying its storage in a table drawer.
Most of similar devices I have found on the Internet use an LCD module with a built-in controller. Such a device draws pretty much current. Also, many high-speed counters use power-hungry ICs which makes it difficult for a battery operation. Finally, many projects are poorly documented which makes any modification unnecessary difficult. So, I started my own design which uses modern high speed and low-power ICs and can work from a single AA cell.
150MHz PIC Frequency Counter - [Link]
Fast Frequency Counter - [Link]
This is 60 MHz frequency meter / counter for measuring frequency from 10 Hz to 60 MHz with 10 Hz resolution.It is a very useful bench test equipment for testing and finding out the frequency of various devices with unknown frequency such as oscillators, radio receivers, transmitters, function generators, crystals, etc. The meter provides very stable readings and has excellent input sensitivity thanks to on board amplifier and TTL converter, so it can even measure weak signals from crystal oscillators. With the addition of prescaller it is possible to measure the frequency of 1GHz and above.
60 Mhz Frequency Meter / counter - [Link]
Very often when designing some stuff I need a square wave signal generator with variable pulse width and frequency to control power MOSFETS.
You can use such a tool when designing DC-DC converter or switch-mode power supply, you can use it to emulate PWM from microcontroller when developing some new embedded design, or maybe you want to design your own wireless charger… This is only some of the things you can use it for.
PWM Generator Project - [Link]