Tom Perkins from High Frequency Electronics reports on SiTime's Elite X.
I recently spoke with Piyush Sevalia, Executive Vice President, Marketing – SiTime Corporation (NASDAQ: SITM) at their headquarters in Santa Clara, CA. They have shipped over 2 billion devices to date – impressive! The rapid adoption of 5G is driving explosive growth in edge deployment including public and private networks, edge datacenters, industrial internet of things (IIoT), and autonomous vehicles.
In 2025 the 5G radio access network (RAN) is expected to support over 30% of all mobile internet connections. Server spending in edge datacenters will grow by 4000% from 2020, and 22 million autonomous vehicles are projected to be on the road. Precision timing is fundamental to the technology driving 5G and edge networks. For example, the 5G access network requires each radio to be synchronized within 130 ns, 10X more stringent than 4G. Hosted financial transactions need time stamps accurate within 50 micro-seconds to meet regulatory requirements. IoT sensors need to maintain time error under one millisecond over field deployments lasting 30 days or more. Precision timing helps meet these stringent requirements.