Microchip: MHM 2020 Active Hydrogen Maser

Extreme Low Phase Noise and Frequency Stability for precise timekeeping and metrology applications.

Expanding upon the heritage of the world’s most widely installed active Hydrogen maser, the Microchip MHM-2020 has enhanced the unique Auto-Tune design of the MHM-2010 by re-engineering the electronics and software to attain even better stability.

Capable of achieving <3 × 10-16 daily drift rates along with improved environmental stability, the MHM-2020 has been designed for applications requiring extreme frequency stability and low phase noise.

Designed, manufactured and tested in the USA with an eye toward long service deployments, 95% of Masers built at Microchip’s dedicated Maser facility since 1999 are still in operation. Each MHM-2020 is manufactured to meet stringent quality standards and undergoes extensive performance verification testing, prior to deployment.

Auto-Tune with Drift Compensation

The MHM-2020 incorporates an automatic frequency control system to maintain the resonant cavity at a constant frequency relative to the hydrogen emission line. This technique enables the Maser to deliver long-term stability that is only attributed to the most stable cesium atomic standards.

Now, by pairing this technology with the new integrated Drift Compensation software, daily aging rates of <3 × 10-16 can be consistently achieved with the MHM-2020.

Improved Environmental Sensitivity

The Maser is designed to withstand variable voltage, temperature and magnetic field environments. By carefully selecting electronics and controlling the manufacturing process, each MHM-2020 is designed to achieve a Temperature and Magnetic Field sensitivity of <8 × 10-15/ºC and <2 × 10-14/Gauss, respectively.

Outputs

The MHM-2020 provides multiple 5, 10, and 100 MHz outputs and 1PPS. Multiple configurations can be ordered to optimize for varied applications.

Low Phase Noise Output Option

The MHM-2020 can be factory configured with low phase noise outputs that enable higher resolution measurements in VLBI applications.

Low lifetime cost of ownership, maintenance free operation

Lifetime cost of ownership for active masers is a critical consideration. The MHM-2020 is designed for long life and low maintenance. The hydrogen supply is adequate for over 20 years of operation. An efficient hydrogen state selector minimizes the load on ion pumps (< 0.01 mole per year), and the pumps themselves are designed for greater than 20 year life at nominal hydrogen flux. The TeflonTM bulb coating virtually eliminates any re-coating requirement and has a demonstrated life of over 20 years. Should it be required, the MHM-2020 is designed for on-site module replacement.

Upgrade your existing Maser

We have ensured that the current industry leading MHM-2010 Maser deployed in the field can be upgraded to the new MHM-2020 depending on the age of the unit.

Key Features

  • Telemetry monitoring via Touch screen and secure Ethernet
  • Dedicated keypad or USB/serial port (secure) allow flexibility in instrument control
  • Drift compensation mode enabling drift as low as <3 x 10-16 /day (typical, after 3 months)
  • Low hydrogen usage for extended maintenance-free operation and Demonstrated lifetime of greater than 20 years
  • Internal Time-of-Day clock for internal data time stamping
  • 1PPS synchronization option for precise calibration to GNSS
  • Multiple 1PPS and RF output options (5, 10 or 100 MHz)
  • Low phase noise option
  • Battery back-up
  • CE compliant

Microchip Technology Inc. is a leading provider of microcontroller, analog, FPGA, connectivity and power management semiconductors. Its easy-to-use development tools and comprehensive product portfolio enable customers to create optimal designs which reduce risk while lowering total system cost and time to market. The company’s solutions serve more than 130,000 customers across the industrial, automotive, consumer, aerospace and defense, communications and computing markets. Headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, Microchip offers outstanding technical support along with dependable delivery and quality.

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