clock signal generator

Discussion in 'Homework Help' started by Tanaka, Feb 27, 2012.

  1. Tanaka

    Thread Starter New Member

    May 27, 2011
    Which circuit can I use to produce a clock signal. I have suggested an astable multivibrator, but i am not sure if it does the job best
  2. MrChips


    Oct 2, 2009
    You have to provide more information than this: frequency, voltage, current, load.
    Can you tell us your application in more detail?
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  3. magnet18

    Senior Member

    Dec 22, 2010
    32.768 kHz crystals usually work well
    32.768 MHz is also an option if you need increased accuracy
    sometimes a 555 works fine
    depends on the application
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  4. panic mode

    Senior Member

    Oct 10, 2011
    higher frequency crystals give you better resolution (more pulses per second) but that has no effect on accuracy.

    it is the tolerance and frequency stability that tell accuracy. both parameters are normalized and expressed in PPM (parts per million) so frequency makes no difference.

    for example you can have 20ppm crystal running at 100kHz and another that is 100ppm and running at 10MHz. both can be used to create base for clock but the first one would be more precise (that clock would need fewer adjustments over time).
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