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Inside Frequency Control

Rob Rutkowski

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How to Choose the Best Wireless IoT Connectivity Option

Posted by Rob Rutkowski on Aug 26, 2021 9:30:00 AM

According to Statista,  there is a projected 30 billion Internet of Things (IoT) devices to be connected by 2020. That would be over a 400% increase in connected IoT devices from 2014. Most of these IoT devices will need to be connected through at least one type of wireless radio frequency (RF) communication.

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Topics: IoT

The Secret to Low Phase Noise in Crystal Oscillator Circuits

Posted by Rob Rutkowski on Aug 26, 2021 9:06:00 AM

Quartz crystal oscillators are the high and mighty option for low phase noise and added frequency stability in circuit design. Yes, simple oscillators like those made with resistor-capacitor (RC) or inductor-capacitor (IC) resonators are fine for some circuits. But if you're dealing with higher performance applications in aerospace, military, and space industries... you're going to want a higher performance crystal oscillator that can maintain low phase noise & strong stability. Otherwise, you'll risk deviating from the very specific (and many times critical) center frequency selected for your design.

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Topics: crystal oscillators, RF Technology, Integrated RF

Searching for the Perfect Crystal Oscillator? Ask These 4 Key Questions

Posted by Rob Rutkowski on Aug 9, 2021 9:36:00 AM

The harsh truth is, selecting the wrong quartz crystal oscillator can quickly kill any design. With the wide variety of options and specs available in the market today, selecting the perfect crystal oscillator for your design can be a difficult and time consuming task.

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Topics: crystal oscillators

Crystal Oscillators: The Beginners Guide (OCXO, TCXO, VCXO, Clocks)

Posted by Rob Rutkowski on Aug 9, 2021 7:03:00 AM

We'll be honest, crystal oscillators aren't the easiest topic to understand. That's mostly because there's a wide variety of crystal oscillator types that do different things, in different ways, for different purposes. This is largely due to the almost endless application uses. From satellite communications in space, to military & defense, to telecom and more... there's so many different needs for crystal oscillators. 

In this post we'll cover the most common types of crystal oscillator which include

  • Oven controlled crystal oscillators (OCXO)
  • Temperature compensated oscillators (TCXO)
  • Voltage controlled oscillators (VCXO)
  • Clock oscillators (XO)
  • And some other key types within each category

I know it sounds like a lot to cover, but don't worry! We're about to make things a whole lot easier for you. By the end of this post you'll learn the basic uses, advantages, and limitations of each crystal oscillator type.

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Topics: crystal oscillators, Clocks & Crystals

Top 8 Cost Drivers of Crystal Oscillators (How to Save on Costs)

Posted by Rob Rutkowski on Jul 13, 2021 8:15:00 AM

One of the key things you need to know before purchasing a crystal oscillator is expected costs. There are multiple ways and specifications that can quickly drive up (and down) the costs of OCXOs and other crystal oscillators. In this post, you'll learn the top 8 cost drivers for crystal oscillators in order of most influential to least influential.

By the end of this post you'll have a much better idea of where to focus your cost-cutting efforts and to save the most in the long-term. Much of it just depends on your specific application and needs and where you're able to be more flexible.

Note: Oscillator pricing is very dependent on your specific needs and application. Be sure to contact us for specific information and pricing based on your needs.

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Topics: crystal oscillators, Clocks & Crystals, General Topics

5 FAQs About Low Earth Orbit (LEO) Satellite Constellations

Posted by Rob Rutkowski on Jun 15, 2021 7:50:00 AM

 

With the recent start of the new space revolution and the rapid growth of Low Earth Orbit (LEO) constellation technology in recent years, there have been tons of questions being asked as to what all these new LEO satellite innovations and technologies are all about.

In this post, we're going to answer:

  • What exactly is the purpose of these large LEO constellations?
  • Why are so many satellites needed?
  • How are LEO satellites different from traditional satellites?
  • Which frequency bands will these constellations operate on?
  • Who are the current major players in this space? (No pun intended)

Trust me, you’re going to want to know ALL of the answers with so much talk happening right now around this topic.

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Topics: Space & Satellites

Buy OCXOs - Immediate Oscillator Pricing for Design Engineers

Posted by Rob Rutkowski on Oct 6, 2020 8:30:00 AM

Have you noticed how difficult it seems to find transparent pricing for frequency control & crystal oscillator components? If so, you're not wrong. Traditionally, it has been difficult to find quick, standard pricing for all things frequency control. Instead, you're basically forced to go through the long quoting process to even get an idea of expected pricing. So why is this? In this post I'm going to explain why OCXO oscillator pricing has been traditionally hard to find, and how Bliley's innovative pricing approach will make your procurement process so much easier.

Also, be sure to check out our OCXO immediate pricing guide at the end of this post!

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Topics: crystal oscillators, Clocks & Crystals

Avoid These Disastrous 5G Timing & Sync Problems (With Solutions!)

Posted by Rob Rutkowski on Sep 2, 2020 8:30:00 AM

The world is officially hyped to get their hands on new 5G technology. In fact, there was a recent spike in excitement when Verizon announced the release of the first 5G compatible phone, Moto z3.

However, there is still a long way to go until 5G networks are available nationwide. As we get closer to that point, new timing and sync problems are arising.

Let's take a look at some of these foreseen timing challenges that are coming with the implementation of 5G networks. Then, we'll cover some possible solutions to these problems.

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Topics: 5G

[Video] Bliley's New Low-g Sensitivity OCXO Quartz Crystal Oscillators

Posted by Rob Rutkowski on Jul 28, 2020 7:56:00 AM

We sat down with our very own Greg Rogers, VP of Product Engineering, at IMS 2017 this year to give you an up-close and personal experience with Greg and, more importantly, our low g-sensitivity crystal oscillators

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Topics: crystal oscillators

7 Powerful Features on Bliley's Online Shop for OCXO Oscillators

Posted by Rob Rutkowski on Jul 21, 2020 8:30:00 AM

Bliley Technologies online store is the newest, most powerful tool to quickly shop high-performance OCXO oscillators at amazing prices.

In this post, I'm going to show you 7 powerful features on the online store that will help you

  • Quickly find the best OCXO oscillator for your needs
  • Find the best cost/performance ratio on the market
  • Get lightning fast lead times on all in-stock parts (receive your order within days!)
  • Get the most cost savings possible (access real-time price breaks)
  • And more
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Topics: crystal oscillators, General Topics

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