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MEMS vs. Crystal Oscillators: It’s All in the Application

Putting timing and frequency control technologies in their proper place Introduction Precision frequency control and timing are essential to all modern electronics technology. Almost every electronic device you can imagine depends on a precision clock; without precision oscillator clocks, all electronic communication would stop. This article compares the benefits of the latest precision clock technologies as they perform in different applications. The Evolution of Precision Clocks Introduced in the 1920’s, the quartz crystal oscillator has long been the workhorse amongst electronic timing devices.  A newer type of oscillator that has been in development since the 1960s and available in production…