Calculate the Clock Drift of a CompactRIO Module

Updated Oct 10, 2023



  • cRIO-9040

I have a CompactRIO module and I want to know how to calculate the clock drift.

To calculate the clock drift of your CompactRIO hardware, you have to open the specifications document of your hardware and to check the accuracy of the internal Clock. For example, the accuracy of the cRIO-9040's clock is the following : 

The unit "ppm" means "parts per millions". 
An accuracy of 40 ppm at 25°C means that for 1 million ticks of clock, the maximum deviation will be 40 ticks of clock. 

Therefore,  for one day the maxuimum deviation is : 86400 * 4e-5 = 3.46 seconds per day. 
So in a month, the maximum deviation is : 3.46*30 = 103.8 seconds per month, or a little less than 2 minutes.