Abracon announces availability of ultimate solutions guide for RTC and 32kHz applications

(March 22, 2017) Abracon, LLC. (Abracon), a leading global manufacturer of frequency control, signal conditioning, clocking and magnetic components, announces availability of the 32kHz and real time clock (RTC) solutions guide. Almost all electronic components require time keeping that includes hours, minutes, seconds as well as long term calendar time. Useful for long term synchronization of scheduled events such as periodic wake-up, measurement and communication links, RTCs are critical in applications such as wearbles, IoT, industrial process control, automation, machine to machine (M2M), medical monitoring, smart meters, and instrumentation.

Each application differs in power, size and time keeping accuracy constraints. The solutions guide enables quick selection across Abracon’s leading edge 22nA current consumption standalone RTCs to extend battery life, the fully integrated ±5ppm stability 32.768kHz TCXO solutions for the best long term accuracy, and the world’s smallest watch-MEMS® solutions enabling compact form factors not possible using quartz crystals.

Additionally, as The heartbeat of the IoT®, Abracon brings IoT optimized low ESR quartz crystal solutions to market that guarantee crystal startup on next generation energy saving MCUs that rely on 32.768kHz.

“The real time clock relying on 32.768kHz base frequency is the work horse of timekeeping and synchronization within electronic equipment,” says Juan Conchas, Director of Marketing for Abracon. “By far the most widely shipped of any single clocking application, Abracon has developed a leadership position within these applications.”

“Abracon is committed to provide advanced solutions that solve the challenges of next generation design problems,” comments Syed Raza, VP of Engineering with Abracon. “As a complete timing supplier, Abracon’s RTC and 32kHz offering covers all corners of size, power and accuracy requirements in the industry.”

The new solutions guide features the ABx8x5 22nA current consumption RTC, the ABS06/ABS07 32kHz quartz crystals, AB-RTC family of RTCs with integrated crystals and the ASTM series of kHz range watchMEMS devices available through franchised distributors.

Link to solutions guide: http://abracon.com/Support/32kHz-ultimate-solutions.pdf

About Abracon, LLC
Founded in 1992, and headquartered in Irvine, California, Abracon is a global manufacturer of frequency control, signal conditioning, clock distribution and magnetic components. Abracon offers a wide selection of Quartz Timing Crystals, Crystal and MEMS Oscillators, Real Time Clocks, Antennas, Bluetooth Modules, Ceramic Resonators, SAW Filters and Resonators, Inductors, Transformers, Circuit Protection Components and Wireless RF Antennas. The company is ISO9001-2008 certified with design & Application Engineering resources in California & Illinois; and Sales offices in Texas, California, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Scotland, and Germany. Abracon’s products are offered through its Global Distribution Network.

Abracon announces availability of latest components solutions catalog

Abracon, LLC. (Abracon), a leading global manufacturer of frequency control, signal conditioning, clock distribution and magnetic components, announces availability of the latest version of the components solutions catalog featuring a full line of timing & synchronization, power & energy and RF connectivity. Available in both print and soft copy, the catalog is designed to help any customer quickly arrive at passive component solutions intended for a variety of functions within IoT, wearables, communications, cloud computing, industrial, automotive, instrumentation and medical monitoring.

“Abracon supports over 20,000 active SKU part numbers with thousands of new part numbers introduced each year,” says Camille Vargas, Marketing Communications and UX for Abracon. “Our customers rely on a simplified catalog that summarizes the most significant features of each product family within the major product lines and makes it easy to select between a variety of technologies.”

Updates in this version of the catalog include numerous new product families such as IoT optimized crystals, high power toroid inductors, long range RFID tags optimized for metal surfaces, 10GBase-T RJ45 jacks with integrated magnetics and wireless charging coils for 20W solutions. Additional updates include solutions guides for antenna, ultra-low jitter and precision oscillators and high frequency programmable TCXOs.

“Concise and effective product selection tools improve our customers design cycle and get them to market quicker,” comments Juan Conchas, Director of Marketing for Abracon. “The latest version of the catalog reflects Abracon’s commitment to support customers’ need for a broad line of technology solutions that addresses the needs of today’s fast design cycles.”

To learn more and download a free soft copy of the PDF format catalog follow this link: Abracon Component Solution Catalog

To request a free hard copy of the catalog, submit your information including mailing address through this link: Request Hardcopy Catalog

Hard copy requests are fulfilled within 1 to 2 weeks.

About Abracon, LLC
Founded in 1992, and headquartered in Irvine, California, Abracon is a global manufacturer of frequency control, signal conditioning, clock distribution and magnetic components. Abracon offers a wide selection of Quartz Timing Crystals, Crystal and MEMS Oscillators, Real Time Clocks, Antennas, Bluetooth Modules, Ceramic Resonators, SAW Filters and Resonators, Inductors, Transformers, Circuit Protection Components and Wireless RF Antennas. The company is ISO9001-2008 certified with design & Application Engineering resources in California & Illinois; and Sales offices in Texas, California, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Scotland, and Germany. Abracon’s products are offered through its Global Distribution Network.

Abracon signs Mel Foster Company as manufacturer’s sales representative extending coverage in the North Central U.S. region

Austin, TX (March 2, 2017) – Abracon, LLC. (Abracon), a leading global manufacturer of frequency control, signal conditioning, clock distribution and magnetic components, announces Mel Foster Company as new sales representatives for the MN, ND, SD, and western WI regions. Mel Foster also extends Abracon’s coverage into MO, IA, NE and KS. With over 80 years of service in the industry and offering the largest electronic component sales force in their region, Mel Foster is the ideal sales partner capable of contributing to Abracon’s strong growth objectives. Mel Foster is optimally positioned to support Abracon’s growing customer base in the region.

“The Mel Foster organization is pleased to be on board with Abracon. Their extensive product portfolio will be an excellent fit for the customers we serve.” commented Mike Swenson, President at Mel Foster Company.

“Mel Foster has a goal of aligning with top-tier channel suppliers, and as a line that’s on the rise with all of our significant distributor partners, Abracon fits perfectly with our strategy. We look forward to working with our distribution partners to grow Abracon for many years to come” said Ed Thurmes, Distribution and Marketing Manager, Mel Foster.

As Abracon continues to deliver on its mission to provide customers with the highest quality customer support, Mel Foster is an obvious fit. Known for a strong technical team, they are an exceptional extension that will optimize our capabilities and engineering services to design-in high quality Abracon solutions.

“Mel Foster Company is among the most respected distribution and marketing teams in the industry; partnering with them broadens Abracon’s ability to offer superior support at every phase of the design cycle. I am very excited for the strength and reach of our growing team.” commented Joan Lanoux, North Central Regional Sales Manager for Abracon.

About Abracon, LLC
Founded in 1992, and headquartered in Irvine, California, Abracon is a global manufacturer of frequency control, signal conditioning, clock distribution and magnetic components. Abracon offers a wide selection of Quartz Timing Crystals, Crystal and MEMS Oscillators, Real Time Clocks, Antennas, Bluetooth Modules, Ceramic Resonators, SAW Filters and Resonators, Inductors, Transformers, Circuit Protection Components and Wireless RF Antennas. The company is ISO9001-2008 certified with design & Application Engineering resources in California & Illinois; and Sales offices in Texas, California, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Scotland, and Germany. Abracon’s products are offered through its Global Distribution Network.

About Mel Foster Company
Mel Foster Company was founded in 1924, witnessing the birth of new technologies, the evolution of component systems, and the emergence of the digital age. Today, they are one of the most respected technology manufacturer representatives in the United States with global partnerships across leading semiconductor, passive device, and embedded system manufacturers and distributors. Their team of sales representatives and field engineers possess unparalleled industry experience, skill and expertise.

Mel Foster is 100% employee owned, headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota and operate in North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Illinois, Kansas and Missouri.

Abracon Pierce Analyzer System (PAS) validates quartz crystals in-circuit

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(Austin, TX) Abracon, LLC (Abracon), a leading global manufacturer of passive & electromechanical timing, synchronization, power, connectivity and RF components announces the availability of an advanced proprietary Pierce analyzer system that validates quartz crystal performance in-circuit. The ability to sustain oscillation for a given quartz crystal oscillator design depends heavily on crystal’s motional parameters, board parasitics and oscillator circuit characteristics. The oscillator circuit is a closed loop system that sustains oscillation at an operating frequency, depending on the crystal plating capacitance (CL), crystal equivalent series resistance (ESR) and Oscillator Amplifier’s gain & phase response. Lower CL and lower ESR at the crystal level, enables the circuit to operate with adequate gain margin and improves the closed-loop stability; ensuring sustained oscillations across all variables, including variation in bias, loading, temperature and over time. Integrated circuits that use external quartz crystals do not always account for these key limiting factors. For instance, estimating or simulating the effect of board parasitics is not always possible. In-circuit testing of the quartz crystal while connected to the oscillator IC and attached to the board reveals design errors and inaccuracies that may cause over-drive, under-drive or center frequency deviations; or even the ability to sustain oscillations.

“Overdrive on the crystal causes long term reliability concerns due to microfractures within the crystal lattice. Under-drive may lead to complete oscillator loop failure, and center frequency errors as high as +/-500 parts per million may be completely out of range of acceptable frequency drift for a given application,” says Syed Raza, VP of Engineering with Abracon. “To conserve power, next generation IC’s must lower the gain in the oscillator loop requiring quartz crystals with much lower ESR at lower plating load. With next generation ultra-low power circuits used in the Internet of Things (IoT) and wearables, fabricated in <14 nanometer geometry; it’s no longer safe to assume that the oscillator will operate with sufficient gain margin, especially over temperature and time.

“The quartz crystal oscillator,” says Juan Conchas, Director of Marketing with Abracon, “sets the beat of the entire system. As oscillators are starved of power, failure to operate or operation off-center frequency is much more likely and more challenging to correct. For this reason, the ability to verify the performance of the crystal oscillator loop in-circuit, has become a necessary step in validating the overall system design.”

The service provides a comprehensive report outlining the functional parameters of the oscillator circuit and recommends changes when necessary. This service is conducted by Abracon and can be ordered through any franchised distributor, with multiple turn-around times from 2-week to 4-weeks.

About Abracon, LLC
Founded in 1992, and headquartered in Irvine, California, Abracon is a leading global manufacturer of passive and electromechanical timing, synchronization, power, connectivity and RF solutions. Abracon offers a wide selection of quartz timing crystals and oscillators, MEMS oscillators, real time tlocks (RTC), Bluetooth modules, ceramic resonators, SAW filters and resonators, power and RF inductors, transformers, circuit protection components and RF antennas and wireless charging coils. The company is ISO9001-2008 certified with design & application engineering resources in California and Texas and sales offices in Texas, California, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Scotland, and Germany. Abracon’s products are offered through its global distribution network.

Abracon Media Contact
PR@abracon.com

Best Phase Noise to Jitter Calculator from Abracon

Abracon Holdings, LLC. (Abracon), a leading global manufacturer of passive & electromechanical timing, synchronization, power, connectivity and RF components has held the industry’s best kept secret: the simplest web-based calculator for intuitive and easy conversion of phase noise to rms phase jitter.

Oscillators for high performance applications such as communications, test and measurement, high performance computing (HPC) and RF systems typically specify single-sided phase noise but may not specify jitter or may not specify over the appropriate integration band. Additionally, some suppliers such as FPGA manufacturers provide phase noise requirements in the form of masks instead of an integrated output jitter requirement. Calculating phase jitter from phase noise becomes necessary when comparing clocks and oscillators for a given application. Abracon’s Phase Noise to Jitter Calculator was designed as an interactive tool that easily bridges the gap between phase noise and jitter. To use the calculator, enter the carrier frequency, integration start and stop offsets, phase offset and phase noise in dB/Hz for a given number of points. The calculator outputs total integrated phase jitter over a specified integration band. A key feature, the integration band is user defined allowing multiple integration bands of interest to be compared.

“Engineers often work with phase noise masks and phase noise requirements instead of phase jitter. They are forced to calculate jitter using spreadsheets or math CAD software,” explains Syed Raza, Abracon’s VP of Engineering. “Our calculator has enabled engineers to interactively manipulate phase noise points and immediately evaluate the integrated phase jitter.”

“As the supplier of industry leading ultra-low phase noise and ultra-low jitter oscillator products,” says Juan Conchas, Abracon’s Director of Marketing, “we saw the need to quickly translate phase noise into phase jitter enabling a simple solution for our FPGA and other high performance customers.”

The calculator also features pre-loaded phase noise profiles of existing oscillators operating at various carrier frequencies. For instance, selecting the AOCJY7TQ-100.000MHz shows an impressive 20fs of output jitter over 12kHz to 20MHz band and an amazing 4.5fs over 1kHz to 1MHz band. To save and compare results, you can export your phase noise plot and output jitter data into a PDF download.

Abracon’s phase noise to jitter calculator has received popular reviews from students and professionals in the field. The company expects to roll out additional features and updates in 2017.

About Abracon Holdings, LLC

Founded in 1992, and headquartered in Irvine, California, Abracon is a leading global manufacturer of passive and electromechanical timing, synchronization, power, connectivity and RF solutions. Abracon offers a wide selection of quartz timing crystals and oscillators, MEMS oscillators, real time tlocks (RTC), Bluetooth modules, ceramic resonators, SAW filters and resonators, power and RF inductors, transformers, circuit protection components and RF antennas and wireless charging coils. The company is ISO9001-2008 certified with design & application engineering resources in California and Texas and sales offices in Texas, California, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Scotland, and Germany. Abracon’s products are offered through its global distribution network.

Abracon Media Contact

PR@abracon.com