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Re: arrrghhhh ueing
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- From: Tom Droege <droege@FNAL.GOV>
- Date: Tue, 27 Jan 1998 16:19:51 -0600
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Reply to Paul Breed and Alain Maury,
Well, when I started this project I looked for something like the AD9832
(thank you Paul). I did not find anything I wanted to learn about. Too
complicated at the time. The AD9832 is not a bed of roses to an analog
guy. The stamp could probably load it, and it is a potentially easy
product to use. But looking at page 12 of the data sheet, I see that it
requires some work just to turn it on. It also comes in a package that
I am not prepared to handle.
There are a few hundred "items" in the Mark IV design. I have to keep
each one as simple as possible. "Simple" means I know about it and
understand it. This takes some time for each item I am using. I have
these nice little stepping motor drivers. Now they work great. But I
burned up a bunch before I learned how to make them work great.
Digital DDS devices are not all they appear. In the end they are only
as good as the crystal. A typical crystal is only good to about
3PPM/C. The device I am using is 50PPM/C. I think I would want to
temperature compensate either one. I understand temperature compensation,
and can probably hold something that I understand to <0.01%. This is
all I need. But I might be using the AD9832 had it been available a
year or so ago when I started the Mark IV design.
A lot of people keep up with all the current devices but never get
anything out the door. The trick (I think) is to just set some date
and go with what you have in hand then.
At 10:29 PM 1/27/98 +0000, you wrote:
><Start argueing mode>
>I would like to argue about the necessity to argue.
>Hey, Michael, you seem too interested in efficiency. Different
>culture I guess. As a latine, I am suppose to start argueing,
>then talking some more, then acting in another direction anyway.
>I guess you go to a shop, buy, pay, get out of he door, without
>even discussing prices with the vendor.... here those are almost
>A little argumentation is sometimes useful, if only to discover that
>ATIS is indeed used by other groups than Autoscope.
>While I am at it:
>Hey Tom, why do you keep using these old fashioned, drift as they
>can VCO instead of microcontroller timers, which are digital, do
>drift but much much less than a VCO, and where nobody can inadvertently
>turn the pot out of adjustement.
>Another cultural problem I guess....
><Stop argueing mode>
>That's it for tonight. Am observing, sky is clear and dark.