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Inside Frequency Control

Warning! EFC Over-Specification May Be Costing You (Do this instead!)

Posted by Rob Rutkowski on Oct 2, 2019 11:14:09 AM

What if I told you that specifying more Electronic Frequency Control (EFC) than you need could actually be hurting you pocketbook? Well, it very well may be! Paying attention to whether your supplier is using AT cut vs SC cut crystals will help you save money in the long run with OCXOs.

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Topics: crystal oscillators, Clocks & Crystals, RF Technology

What The Heck is an OCXO Oscillator? (Facts & Functionality)

Posted by Rob Rutkowski on Aug 20, 2019 8:20:00 AM

Ahh the mysterious OCXO. What the heck is an OCXO anyway? What's it good for? When should you use one in your electronic system design? These questions and more will all be answered in this post.

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Topics: crystal oscillators, Clocks & Crystals

6 Innovative Markets Where Precise Timing & Sync Will Be Crucial

Posted by Rob Rutkowski on Aug 6, 2019 8:20:00 AM

Precise timing across a variety of networks and industries is becoming a necessity. Both operationally and legally.  It's actually pretty amazing to see the evolution of timing & frequency control throughout different industries. There's been significant timing innovations over the past 5-10 years alone.

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Topics: Clocks & Crystals, RF Technology

The Ultimate Guide to Atomic Clocks in Space

Posted by Rob Rutkowski on Jul 9, 2019 11:20:13 AM

Do you know all about Atomic Clocks in space and how they work? If not, it's about TIME you do. (Haha. Ha. Ha...)

Timing is everything when it comes to GPS satellites and other space applications. Even just a one microsecond error in timing can lead to an error of 300 meters on the ground. Atomic clocks can maintain very precise timing, making them a great timing solution for GPS and other LEO satellites.

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Topics: Clocks & Crystals, RF Technology, Space & Satellites

7 Incredibly Effective Ways to Prevent Pressure Transducer Problems

Posted by Rob Rutkowski on Feb 19, 2018 8:28:00 AM

Poor manufacturing environments can significantly reduce the performance quality of a pressure transducer. A failing pressure transducer will lead to problems with sensors and will provide inaccurate readings (or none at all).

A faulty pressure transducer not only can cause frustration and wasted time, but can also lead to unnecessary costs.

To prevent pressure transducer problems or failure from happening in the first place, let's take a look at 7 pressure transducer troubleshooting methods to keep your transducers & sensors working great!

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Topics: Clocks & Crystals, RF Technology, general

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

Posted by Rob Rutkowski on Aug 23, 2017 7:03:00 AM

Are you beginning a search for a high precision, low power quartz crystal oscillator for your application? Of course, it's not always simple selecting the best crystal oscillator. There's a handful of different oscillator types to choose from including OCXOs, TCXOs, VCXOs, and clock oscillators.

But, hold up! We're about to make things a whole lot easier for you. You're going to learn the basic descriptions of operating qualities and limitations of each type of crystal oscillator.

If you find an oscillator type that sounds like it may be a good fit for your application, follow the link for more related details and products related to that specific oscillator type. It's that easy! Ok, that should do for a good intro...let's get to it!

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Topics: crystal oscillators, Clocks & Crystals

CMOS Clocks: Advanced Timing Capabilities for Extreme Environments

Posted by Bliley Technologies on Jul 11, 2017 6:30:00 AM

CMOS Clocks are a key technology that enables everything from laptops and smartphones to satellites and spacecraft to function. But what exactly do these devices do, and how are they beneficial in extreme environments and demanding applications? In this article, we will give a quick overview of the benefits of CMOS clocks, and how RF engineers put them to work in some of the most challenging applications.

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Topics: crystal oscillators, Clocks & Crystals, RF Technology

A Beginner’s Guide to Understanding CMOS Clocks

Posted by Bliley Technologies on Jun 13, 2017 6:30:00 AM

There are so many different devices and products for frequency generation and timing, but between all the acronyms and complex terminology of the RF industry, it can be confusing trying to understand what each type of clock or oscillator does, and what the best applications for each of them are. In this article, we’re going to help clear up some of the confusion, with a specific emphasis on CMOS clocks. We’ll cover what these devices are, why they are important, and how to know if one of these clocks is the best fit for your application.

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Topics: Clocks & Crystals, RF Technology

Inside The VCXO: Performance and Applications

Posted by Rob Rutkowski on Apr 6, 2017 6:42:00 AM

Does your application require a super stable frequency source? How about the ability of the frequency source to be fine-tuned? Sounds like a Voltage Controlled Crystal Oscillators (VCXO) may be a great choice for your specific needs! By using a crystal oscillator as the basis of the circuit in a VCXO, high levels of frequency stability and low levels of phase noise can be maintained while still being able to control the frequency over a small range.

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Topics: crystal oscillators, Clocks & Crystals, RF Technology

Space-Proven Crystal Oscillators and Resonators

Posted by Bliley Technologies on Nov 15, 2016 6:30:00 AM

Welcome aboard! 

I'm about to take you on a journey through the deep, dark depths of outer space. Why? So you can get a feel for what crystal oscillators and resonators must endure while in the infinite world of darkness and wonder! First, you'll need to learn the important differences between crystal oscillators and resonators. After your mission is complete, you'll begin your journey to the depths of outer space from a resonator and oscillator perspective and learn their different roles and applications in space.

Enjoy your ride!

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Topics: aerospace, crystal oscillators, Clocks & Crystals