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MEMS Timing

Being a disruptive technology over the century-old quartz oscillator, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) based oscillators have received wide market adoption in recent years. Microchip is the leader in this rapidly growing market.  We offer industry’s most complete MEMS-based timing solutions that include both single output oscillators that are drop-in replacements to the traditional quartz oscillators and multiple output clock generators that provide highly reliable and accurate reference clock to customer system without the need of an external reference crystal.

Silicon MEMS-based timing devices offer high reliability (including AEC-Q100 certification for automotive use), wide operating temperatures (-55⁰C to 125⁰C), superb shock and vibration resistance, high accuracy (±10ppm) and small size (1.6mm x 1.2mm). With deep technical expertise and over 10 years of manufacturing experience, Microchip is the preferred choice for frequency source in automotive, video surveillance, server/storage and industrial applications.

MEMS vs Quartz

MEMS vs Quartz Comparison Table

MEMS Resonator
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MEMS Package
MEMS package - Enlarged resonator
Standard Semiconductor Packaging
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Benefits of Microchip’s MEMS-based Oscillators and Clock Generators

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Smallest CMOS Oscillator
  • 1.6 x 1.2 mm
Smallest Differential Oscillator
  • 2.5 x 2.0 mm
Ultra-Low power
Ultra-Low Power
  • 1.3mA | 50% less than traditional low power quartz oscillator

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High Stability over Wide Temp.
  • ±25 ppm over -40° to 125° C
  • ±10 ppm over -40° to 105° C
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High Reliability
  • 5X better vibration tolerance
  • 500X better mechanical shock tolerance
  • AEC-Q100 capable

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Wide Frequency Range
  • 2 kHz to 460 MHz
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High Performance
  • 0.3 ps RMS (200 kHz to 20 MHz)
  • 1.7 ps RMS (12 kHz to 20 MHz)

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High Flexibility/Integration
  • Multi-output: Up to 4
Spread Spectrum
  • Programmable Drive Level
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Short Production Lead Time
  • < 4 weeks

Applications

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Automotive
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Consumer
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Industrial
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Cloud Computing

Development Tools

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Configure your MEMS-based oscillators and get fast samples with this easy-to-use online tool.
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Any Frequency | Anywhere
Easily program your MEMS-based oscillators to a custom frequency in seconds using this field programming kit.

Please email us at tcg_help@microchip.com for more information about MEMS-based oscillators and clock generators.