Microchip Technology, a provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, has announced the availability of the DSC6000 family of Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) oscillators. The new family is the industry’s smallest MEMS MHz oscillator with the lowest power consumption over full frequency range of 2KHz to 100MHz.
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 -40oC to +85oC 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,” said Rami Kanama, Vice President of Microchip’s Timing and Communications Group. “Microchip offers the industry’s most complete MEMS-based timing solutions. The DSC6000 family is the latest addition to our MEMS oscillator and MEMS clock generator families that provide the best-in-class combination of low power and high performance in a tiny package, ideal for IoT and mobile applications.”
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.