Engineering firms across all industries often have to work with many different suppliers to build their products. In the field of radio frequency tech, one of the most critical components in any design is the oscillator which generates the frequency itself. If the wrong type of crystal oscillator is used or it is of poor quality, it can ruin a design which is superb in all other respects. That’s why it’s so important to make sure that you’re working with a reputable supplier. In this guide, we’ll cover some essential questions any RF engineer should ask their crystal oscillator supplier.
There are many different types of crystal oscillators. OCXOs, TCXOs, and VCXOs are some of the most common types of oscillators. Each have their own advantages and disadvantages. One of the core responsibilities of a lead RF engineer is to pick the oscillators that are an optimal fit for their designs and applications. If you want to be able to fine-tune your frequency source and get a stable, dependable signal, a Voltage-Controlled Crystal Oscillator or “VCXO” might be just the solution you’re looking for. Let’s explore the benefits of the VCXO and how you can put them to work in your designs.