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What is PSRR?
Power Supply Rejection Ratio or Power Supply Ripple Rejection (PSRR) is a measure of how well a circuit rejects noise, of various frequencies, injected at its voltage input. The ripple can be induced from a number of sources, such as a 50Hz/60Hz supply ripple, a switching ripple from a DC/DC converter, or a ripple due to the sharing of an input supply between different circuit blocks on the board. In the timing solutions world, when discussing PSRR we are typically referring to supply ripple.
A common VCXO specification is the Vc input impedance. A typical value might be 100KOhm or 10MegOhm. What does this actually mean?
Like most oscillators, VCXOs have many specifications. APR – Absolute Pull Range – is a single specification that combines many of them to make selection easy. The term “Pull” is unique to the oscillator industry and refers to the small frequency tuning available via the voltage control pin. Pull is measured as df/fnom in ppm.
Holdover is what happens when the primary timing reference goes away for some reason and the local oscillator is left to its own devices (for a fairly well maintained summary of the topic see the Wikipedia article Holdover in synchronization applications)
The question is: How much can you trust the local oscillator and for how long?
There is a lot of information available on the internet for engineers who want to learn more about frequency control, synchronization and clocks in general.