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Microchip Fosters its MEMS-based Timing Solutions with Industry’s Smallest Package and Lowest Power MEMS Oscillators

DSC6000 family of Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems

Microchip Technology has announced the availability of the industry’s smallest package and low power DSC6000 family of Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) oscillators with full frequency range of 2KHz to 100MHz.

Housed in industry standard 4-pin DFN packages ranging from as small as 1.6 x 1.2 mm up to 7 x 5 mm, the new MEMS oscillators are touted to consume just 1.3 mA (typical) — less than half the current consumption of the lowest power quartz-based oscillators.

The new family also has a maximum operating temperature range of -40oC to +85oC and +/-25 ppm maximum drift over this range. They can sustain 500 times more shock and five times more vibration than a quartz oscillator, ensuring rock-solid stability in most operating environments.

“MEMS oscillators have enormous benefits over traditional quartz-based oscillators, especially as the products in which they are used become smaller and lighter, as well as demand small device footprints, low power consumption, and precision timing,” said Rami Kanama, Vice President of Microchip’s Timing and Communications Group. “Microchip offers the industry’s most complete MEMS-based timing solutions. The DSC6000 family is the latest addition to our MEMS oscillator and MEMS clock generator families that provide the best-in-class combination of low power and high performance in a tiny package, ideal for IoT and mobile applications.”

Sought to meet the stringent mechanical durability and reliability requirements within Automotive Electronics Council standard Q100 (AEC-Q100), it is well suited for under-hood applications as well. It is also excellent choices for use as clock references in small, battery-powered devices such as wearables and Internet of Things (IoT) devices in which small size, low power consumption, and long-term reliability are paramount.

Microchip’s ClockWorks online configuration tool allows designers to easily select the right oscillator in terms of frequency, package size, ppm and temperature range and then request complimentary samples of that oscillator through the same tool.

The TimeFlash Field Programming Kit provides instant frequency generation by fusing the One-Time Programmable (OTP) memory in a blank DSC6000 part that can be ordered separately.

Evaluation boards programmed to customer specifications are available upon request through any Microchip sales representative or authorised worldwide distributor.

Availability and Packaging

The DSC60xx and DSC61xx are exclusive in production and available now in 10K quantities. Package options include: 1.6 x 1.2 mm; 2.0 x 1.6 mm; 2.5 x 2.0 mm in 4-pin VLGA; and 3.2 x 2.5 mm in 4-pin VDFN.

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