Device for Generating and Measuring Time Intervals
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switch, time, frequency, timer, stopwatch, verification, calibration

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Orobets, I., & Shevchenko, V. (2019). Device for Generating and Measuring Time Intervals. Metrology and Instruments, (4), 31-33.


The article suggests a device that extends the functionality of the measuring devices such as generators and frequency meters. So these devices can be used as part of working standards in a complex for verification and calibrating stopwatches. The device consists of an electronic commutator and a component controlled by a microcontroller, which forms the required intervals of time and provides a necessary connection from the generator output to the frequency counter input, turned on in the pulse counting mode. The control signal simultaneously arrives at the commutator and the device for automatic start/stop of stopwatches. The circuit design of the device allows minimizing the device’s influence on the overall metrological characteristics of the complex through the use of a high-speed controlled M74HC125 buffer (high-speed CMOS QUAD BUFFER (3-STATE)) as a switch. The M74HC125 buffer in this device is the only metrologically significant node; the state switching time of which in the aspect of this task can be ignored (Fig. 3). A computer and standard software, such as HyperTerminal from the Windows XP or PuTTY distribution, are used to control and communicate with the device. The device can be connected to the computer via USB. For laboratories that have these instruments in operation, this approach can help to avoid acquisitions of the additional reference equipment, which helps to reduce the maintenance and calibration costs of reference equipment.
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