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2 Author(s)
Poddar, A.K. ; Synergy Microwave Corp., Paterson, NJ, USA ; Rohde, U.L.

The second and third generation of MEMS oscillators will target a larger market for compact oscillators in order to meet TCXO and OCXO performance requirements. While silicon-based timing devices are still not as capable as crystal oscillators of undertaking sophisticated tasks , they are getting better, and will eventually replace crystals in many contexts. That will produce further synergies for the industry as mass production becomes cheaper and easier. These days, designers require higher frequencies and low jitter in oscillators, while buyers demand low cost and quick delivery. Timely oscillator options that can deliver the highest desired performance, while minimally compensating design steps are the key to cost-effective solutions. Fortunately, in the ongoing battle to push the limits of technology and lower component costs, oscillator manufacturers continue to close the gap between highlevel performance and cost-effective purchasing, with conventional crystal technology paired with configurable oscillator technology. Like every exciting new technology targeting mass markets and driven by start-ups, confusion or exaggeration are present, but all in all, we believe that MEMS oscillators will follow the successful bulk acoustic wave devices as the second RF MEMS mass product.

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Microwave Magazine, IEEE  (Volume:13 ,  Issue: 6 )