MEMS Timing Technology: Shattering the Constraints of Quartz Timing to Improve Smart Mobile Devices

The trends toward smaller size and increased functionality continue to dominate in the mobile electronics market. As OEMs and ODMs develop small feature-rich devices, they must design products within a tight power budget. In addition, mobile products are developed in a cost-competitive environment where time-to-market is critical. Improving form and functionality are dependent on components that can deliver smaller size with more features and higher performance, at the right price point. There is no indication these trends will slow, yet traditional quartz-based timing components are reaching their limits of size reduction, performance improvement, and cost reduction. As consumer products become more feature-rich, they require new timing solutions.

In smart mobile systems, the 32 kHz XTALs can be replaced with SiT15xx 32 kHz MEMS oscillators to reduce the size and power consumption. MEMS oscillators can provide MHz reference clocks for improved performance. These MEMS oscillators have low power consumption with additional power-saving features, and they are extremely robust, lead-free, RoHS and REACH compliant.


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