Microchip Introduces Industry’s Smallest Package and Lowest Power MEMS Oscillators in DSC6000 Family

September 27 2016, 03:00
The new DSC6000 family of Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) oscillators from Microchip provides semiconductor-grade reliability and frequency stability over a wide temperature range. Clock reference applications include wearables, IoT and under-bonnet automotive products, allowing less than half the current consumption of the lowest-power quartz-based oscillators. The new devices are able to withstand x500 more shock and x5 more vibration than a quartz oscillator.

The new DSC6000 family is the industry's smallest MEMS MHz oscillator with the lowest power consumption over full frequency range of 2 KHz to 100 MHz. The DSC6000 MEMS oscillators are excellent choices for use as clock references in small, battery-powered devices such as wearables and Internet of Things (IoT) devices in which small size, low power consumption, and long-term reliability are paramount. They also meet the stringent mechanical durability and reliability requirements within Automotive Electronics Council standard Q100 (AEC-Q100), so they are well suited for under-hood applications as well.

Microchip’s DSC6000 oscillators are housed in industry standard 4-pin DFN packages ranging from as small as 1.6 x 1.2 mm up to 7 x 5 mm, and consume just 1.3 mA (typical) — less than half the current consumption of the lowest-power quartz-based oscillators. They also have a maximum operating temperature range of -40o C to +85o C and +/-25 ppm maximum drift over this range. They can sustain 500 times more shock and five times more vibration than a quartz oscillator, ensuring rock-solid stability in most operating environments.

“MEMS oscillators have enormous benefits over traditional quartz-based oscillators, especially as the products in which they are used become smaller and lighter, as well as demand small device footprints, low power consumption, and precision timing,” says Rami Kanama, vice president of Microchip’s Timing and Communications Group. 

Microchip’s ClockWorks online configuration tool allows designers to easily select the right oscillator in terms of frequency, package size, ppm and temperature range and then request complimentary samples of that oscillator through the same tool. The TimeFlash Field Programming Kit provides instant frequency generation by fusing the One-Time Programmable (OTP) memory in a blank DSC6000 part that can be ordered separately.

To facilitate evaluation and development, Microchip’s ClockWorks Configurator is available online at clockworks.microchip.com/Timing. Microchip’s TimeFlash Field Programming Kit that supports the DSC6000 family is also available online at www.microchip.com/timeflash. Evaluation boards programmed to customer specifications are available upon request through any Microchip sales representative or authorized worldwide distributor.
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