Sourcing Quartz Timing Devices: Myth vs. Reality

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Rich Krajewski
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Only 60 years?
Rich Krajewski   1/30/2014 10:53:21 PM

Only 60 years? I thought the first quartz oscillator was built in 1921. Oh, wait, that was to make a frequency reference, not for timing (I think). I remember taking apart a blown quartz crystal in an oscillator to see what it looked like.

Hailey Lynne McKeefry
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Good for supply
Hailey Lynne McKeefry   1/31/2014 7:34:22 PM

These products seem like a promising development for the supply chain. Anything that brings down product lead times is a good thing.

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Clock signals can be critical to designs
Eldredge   2/4/2014 8:32:58 PM

Clock signals are critical to the design and operation of countless assemblies, and that will only continue to be that case as device operating speeds keep increasing.

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Activity dips
Eldredge   2/4/2014 8:35:32 PM

I was not previously aware of the thermal sensitivty of quartz  - if the new MEMS technology can address this issue, I'm sure it will benefit many applications.

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MEMS Oscillators Everywhere
sundarpv   2/10/2014 6:38:53 PM

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