Choose the right quartz crystal for your energy saving MCU with THIS simple test

Next generation MCUs and RF chipsets, commonly used in IoT, wearable, and battery powered applications, have presented a problem frequently ignored by many designers across all industries. Lower power consumption requires next generation crystals to optimize for a weaker gain and drive from the Pierce analyzer. The ability to sustain oscillation for a given quartz crystal oscillator design depends heavily on the crystal’s motional parameters, board parasitics, and oscillator circuit characteristics. Yet, as MCUs are upgraded to lower power models, their crystal counterparts have stayed the same. The Pierce oscillator circuit, a closed loop system most commonly integrated into low power ICs, sustains oscillation at an operating point, depending on the crystal plating capacitance (CL), crystal equivalent series resistance (ESR), and oscillator amplifier’s gain and phase response associated with the oscillator’s transconductance (gm). But, how do you know if your crystal’s parameters match your system?

Abracon’s Pierce analyzer system (PAS) was designed by our engineers to help you make the right choice for your industry leading designs. The PAS test validates quartz crystal performance in-circuit and simultaneously measures the crystal, crystal oscillator, and printed circuit board parasitics. Testing in-system accounts for all variables and enables ideal matching of crystal parameters to the board and oscillator in the MCU or RF chipset. This is especially critical for applications using next generation, energy saving technologies requiring optimal gm factors.

Lower CL and lower ESR increase operating gain margin of the loop, ensuring sustained oscillations across all variables including variation in bias, loading, temperature, and over time. Gm_critical is the critical transconductance value that a crystal must achieve in order to remain in the safe zone of loop operation. Crystals that do not meet gm_critical are not well matched to the Pierce oscillator and may cause long term reliability issues associated with startup. Since lower power consumption decreases gm and gm_crictical for a given Pierce oscillator, energy saving designs deployed in IoT and wearables applications are the most at risk of failure. Conducting a PAS test reduces risk and improves the reliability of your system.

“Semiconductor technology strives to wring all the power consumption out of the latest generation of MCUs and RF chipsets,” commented Syed Raza, VP of Engineering with Abracon “the on-chip Pierce oscillator is starved of much needed gain negatively impacting the gm_critical metric. The PAS test is the surest way to diagnose preventable problems.”

“As The Heartbeat of the IoT™, we strive to provide customers with as many tools and services as possible that will take their designs to the next low power plateau. The PAS test service enables validation of a critical subsystem in the design given that nothing will operate if the oscillator fails to run.” commented Juan Conchas, Director of Marketing with Abracon.

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-weeks to 4-weeks.

Learn more about the Pierce Oscillator here.
Find more information on the PAS test, here.

Check inventory for the PAS here: PAS-BC1WK/ PAS-BC2WK/ PAS-BC3WK

About Abracon, LLC
Founded in 1992, and headquartered in Spicewood, Texas, 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 clocks (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 Texas and sales offices in Texas, California, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Scotland, Israel, Hungary, UK, and Germany. Abracon’s products are offered through its global distribution network. For more information about Abracon, visit www.abracon.com.

Abracon LLC celebrates 25 years of business

Austin, TX – Abracon, LLC (Abracon), a leading global manufacturer of passive & electromechanical timing, synchronization, power, connectivity and RF solutions, celebrated it’s 25th anniversary this past week. What once started as an idea in a Southern California garage has transformed into a life-long mission of quality, customer service, and groundbreaking achievements. Abracon, a company steeped in innovation, recently celebrated 25 years in business this past Saturday. It was a time to recollect humble beginnings and reflect on the past with a clear focus for the future; a future of continued growth for this leading global manufacturer.

Mike White, VP of Sales, stated “We’ve built an extremely solid foundation for our company assembling the best team of sales leaders, reps and channel partners in the industry. Coupled with our excellent internal support staff, this team will continue to achieve new levels of success. I’m honored to be associated with such a great group of people.”

One level of success is the fact that Abracon is growing exponentially. With an active customer base of over 25,000, Abracon continues to reach new heights of service and sales. Recently the Abracon office located in Irvine, California moved to Laguna Hills, California. Also, two facilities doubled in size; the office located in China and the Austin, Texas headquarters. These recent additions will assist in maintaining the highest quality of technical support that Abracon’s customers have come to know.

With no signs of slowing down, Abracon continues to impress the industry where they rank among the highest standard of quality. Abracon’s mission will never be complete. There are always new questions to be asked, new challenges to be accomplished, and new ideas to be thought. Here’s to 25 years. Here’s to the constant pursuit of the power of linking together.

About Abracon, LLC
Founded in 1992, and headquartered in Spicewood, Texas, 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 clocks (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 Texas and sales offices in Texas, California, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Scotland, Israel, Hungary, UK, and Germany. Abracon’s products are offered through its global distribution network. For more information about Abracon, visit www.abracon.com.

Abracon Announces the ultimate Ethernet LAN PHY Guide

Austin, TX – Abracon, LLC (Abracon), a leading global manufacturer of passive & electromechanical timing, synchronization, power, connectivity and RF solutions, announces availability of the Ethernet LAN PHY Guide matching some of the industry’s more popular Ethernet physical layer IC’s with Abracon’s best choice of local area networking (LAN) magnetics in the ALAN series of products. The PHY Guide features LAN magnetics with standard, PoE and PoE+ capabilities, matching them to the industries top ICs from manufacturers such as Broadcom, Inphi Corporation, NXP, Infineon, Marvell, Maxim, Microchip, Qualcomm, Realtek and Texas Instruments.

“Hardware designers can rely on Abracon’s PHY Guide to select the optimal LAN magnetics,” says Juan Conchas, Director of Marketing. “Ethernet has one of the most important and widely used connectivity standards. With a wide range of products available from Abracon, this guide is exactly what engineers need to make the right decision.”

The Abracon Ethernet LAN PHY Guide is available now at:

www.abracon.com/phyguide.pdf

ALAN series products are available through Abracon’s global distribution network.

The RJ45 Solutions Guide for use in standard and industrial applications can be found here:

http://www.abracon.com/Support/industrial-rj45-solutions-guide.pdf

About Abracon, LLC
Founded in 1992, and headquartered in Spicewood, Texas, 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 clocks (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 Texas and sales offices in Texas, California, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Scotland, Israel, Hungary, UK, and Germany. Abracon’s products are offered through its global distribution network. For more information about Abracon, visit www.abracon.com.

Abracon and TTI Inc Announce Asia Partnership

Austin, TX – Abracon, LLC (Abracon), a leading global manufacturer of passive & electromechanical timing, synchronization, power, connectivity and RF solutions, announces Asia partnership with TTI, Inc., the leading authorized distributor of interconnect, passive, electromechanical and discrete components. The Asia partnership is an extension of TTI and Abracon’s existing global distribution agreement which was announced by both companies in April 2017.

Michael Calabria, Abracon’s CEO said, “With mutual focus on IP&E and discrete components, the two companies are leaders in the industry and a natural fit. As many users of electronics components rely on the supply chain and go-to-market benefits provided by distributors, Abracon is excited to partner with TTI to support its highly valued customers.”

Anthony Chan, President of TTI Asia Pacific, commented on the addition of Abracon to TTI Asia’s specialized line card, “I am pleased to welcome Abracon to be a TTI business partner in Asia. Abracon offers a wide selection of latest technologies in frequency control, timing and synchronization. I am confident that our partnership in Asia will create additional value to our customers.”

About TTI
TTI, Inc. a Berkshire Hathaway company, is an authorized, specialty distributor of interconnect, passive and electromechanical (IP&E) components and the distributor of choice for industrial and consumer electronics manufacturers worldwide. Broader and deeper inventory, leading-edge products and custom supply chain solutions have established TTI as the leading specialist in electronic component distribution. Globally, the company maintains 1.2 million cubic feet of dedicated warehouse space containing over 850,000 component part numbers. Along with its subsidiaries, Mouser Electronics and Sager Electronics, TTI employs more than 4,700 employees and is represented in over 100 locations throughout North America, Europe and Asia. For more information about TTI, visit www.ttiinc.com.

About Abracon, LLC
Founded in 1992, and headquartered in Spicewood, Texas, 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 clocks (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 Texas and sales offices in Texas, California, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Scotland, Israel, Hungary, UK, and Germany. Abracon’s products are offered through its global distribution network. For more information about Abracon, visit www.abracon.com.

Audio and Video Solutions Guide for Professional and Consumer Applications Now Available | by Abracon

Austin, TX – Abracon, LLC (Abracon), a leading global manufacturer of passive & electromechanical timing, synchronization, power, connectivity and RF solutions announces the Audio and Video Solutions Guide highlighting products ideal for consumer applications such as set-top box, virtual reality, portable audio, video/teleconferencing, wearable, IoT, drones, camera/camcorder, display and high fidelity audio as well as professional applications such as audio mixers, audiophile quality receivers, broadcast equipment such as studio cameras, routers and switchers using SDI, HD-SDI and 3G HD-SDI.

As a solutions supplier, Abracon’s broad product lines address signal path, data path and power supply requirements in the most demanding applications.

View Audio and Video Solutions Guide

“Audio and video represent some of the most pervasive applications in use today,” says Juan Conchas, Director of Marketing with Abracon. “With products ranging in performance from low frequency and real time clock crystals and oscillators up to the most demanding sub 100fs and sub- 1ppm TCXOs, Abracon can be viewed as a one-stop shop for timing, power and connectivity solutions in audio and video applications.”

Featured product series in the solutions guide include:

  • ABM8, ABM10, ABM11, ABM12 compact quartz crystals supporting up to 80MHz for MCU, video processors, encoders/decoders, audio codecs
  • ASB06, ABS07 32.768kHz quartz crystals used in time-keeping, real time clock and MCU applications
  • AB-RTCMC real time clocks with integrated quartz crystals for time-keeping
  • ABLNO ultra-low phase noise and jitter (37fs rms) for audiophile, professional audio, low noise ADC/DAC applications
  • ASPI shielded power inductors for medium to high power switching supplies
  • ARJ, ARJE 10/100BASE-T to 10GBASE-T RJ45 LAN jacks w/integrated magnetics for set-top box, video routers, high speed IP cameras, PoE++ using up to 10GBase-T rates
  • ACAJ, AMCA compact chip antennas for Bluetooth speakers, smart TV, WiFi enabled set-top boxes, wearable audio, VR, drone cams
  • AWCCA wireless charging coils for portable audio, portable speaker, VR, drone cams, bluetooth headphones

  • View Audio and Video Solutions Guide

    For availability of these and other solutions contact Abracon’s franchised distributors.

    About Abracon, LLC
    Founded in 1992, and headquartered in Spicewood, Texas, 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 clocks (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 Texas and sales offices in Texas, California, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Scotland, Israel, Hungary, UK, and Germany. Abracon’s products are offered through its global distribution network.

    Carlos Suarez announced as Abracon Latin America RSM to support explosive regional growth

    AUSTIN, TX (July 11, 2017) Abracon, LLC (Abracon), a leading global manufacturer of frequency control, signal conditioning, clock distribution and magnetic components, announces Carlos Suarez as Regional Sales Manager for Mexico, Central and South America. With explosive growth in original product design activity and expansion in production capacity within the Latin America (LATAM), this new role addresses the support requirements of multiple growing industry sectors in the territory.

    As a respected sales leader in the marketplace, Carlos will be driving performance across LATAM, along with our reps and channel partners, to accelerate growth across the region. Currently, Pan America serves as the Abracon representative for ‘greater’ Mexico. This is a necessary step in Abracon’s growth plan with additional resources being explored to further service Central and South America.

    “Carlos Suarez is exactly what Abracon needs to drive the growth and success of our product line throughout Latin America, ensuring our valued customers meet their go-to-market and production needs,” adds Mike White, VP Global Sales with Abracon. “He has the tenacity and dedication to provide our customers with industry leading solutions and technology available through our team.”

    Carlos graduated from Universidad de Guadalajara in 1995 with Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and received his Executive International MBA from the Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina – ITESM, Guadalajara Campus in 2007.

    About Abracon, LLC
    Founded in 1992, and headquartered in Spicewood, Texas, 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 clocks (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 Texas and sales offices in Texas, California, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Scotland, Israel, Hungary, UK, and Germany. Abracon’s products are offered through its global distribution network.

    High Speed and Industrial Grade RJ45 Solutions Guide Released by Abracon

    Austin, TX – Abracon, LLC (Abracon), a leading global manufacturer of passive & electromechanical timing, synchronization, power, connectivity and RF solutions announces the RJ45 Jacks Solutions Guide intended to highlight the company’s broad offering or RJ45 modular jacks with integrated magnetics and other LAN magnetics products. Applications such as industrial controls, network interface cards, media converters, test equipment, instrumentation, medical monitoring, machine vision, IP cameras, IoT and cloud computing and storage benefit from this product family offering a variety of solutions that support rates from 10/100Base-T up to 10GBase-T for devices requiring the high data rates.

    The industry is shifting toward surface mount assembly. Offering a selection of paste in hole (PIH) and fully surface mountable options, the products solve manufacturability challenges faced by hardware designers that have almost entirely migrated away from legacy through-hole components. Paired with support for power over Ethernet (PoE, PoE+ and PoE++), the RJ45 product family delivers the features that advanced applications require.

    High Speed and Industrial Grade RJ45 Solutions Guide Available Now

    “With double-digit growth in industrial Ethernet as well as increased requirement for bandwidth in almost every application,” says Juan Conchas, Director of Marketing with Abracon,”more of today’s devices require wireline connectivity enabled by RJ45 jacks. Abracon’s offering provides simplified solutions with integrated magnetics as well as compatibility with surface mount reflow obtained with PIH and SMD technologies.”

    Find the High Speed and Industrial Grade RJ45 solutions guide here: http://abracon.com/Support/industrial-rj45-solutions-guide.pdf

    About Abracon, LLC
    Founded in 1992, and headquartered in Spicewood, Texas, 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 clocks (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 Texas and sales offices in Texas, California, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Scotland, Israel, Hungary, UK, and Germany. Abracon’s products are offered through its global distribution network.

    TAARCOM new Abracon manufacturer’s representative serving Northern California and the Bay area.

    Austin, TX – Abracon, LLC (Abracon), a leading global manufacturer of passive & electromechanical timing, synchronization, power, connectivity and RF solutions announces TAARCOM as the new manufacturer’s representatives serving Northern California and the Bay Area. The explosive growth of industries such as IoT, cloud computing, wireless communications, medical monitoring, automotive and industrial puts ever increasing pressure on the capability to support the fast pace of today’s customer design cycles. TAARCOM’s extensive technical and sales experience ensures that our customers receive the support necessary to achieve their design and production objectives.

    “As a high quality and high volume supplier of key systems solutions for Timing, Power, RF and Connectivity,” says Ian A. Trevelyan, President of TAARCOM, “Abracon is a great fit for our organization providing excellent synergy with our existing line card offering. We look forward to supporting Abracon’s solutions in Northern California”

    “Abracon values this partnership as a strategic step toward enhancing sales support for our customers in Northern California. With extensive technical support and a complementary line card, Taarcom is well positioned to enhance the design-in process of our products and accelerating time to market for our mutual customers.” commented Mary Rea, Northeast Regional Sales Manager, Abracon.

    About Abracon, LLC
    Founded in 1992, and headquartered in Spicewood, Texas, 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 clocks (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 Texas and sales offices in Texas, California, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Scotland, Israel, Hungary, UK, and Germany. Abracon’s products are offered through its global distribution network.

    Abracon announces new rep, TAI Technical Sales, for East Pennsylvania, South Jersey, and Delaware Market

    Austin, TX – Abracon, LLC (Abracon), a leading global manufacturer of passive & electromechanical timing, synchronization, power, connectivity and RF components announces TAI Technical Sales as the new manufacturer’s representatives serving South Jersey, Eastern Pennsylvania, and Delaware. TAI brings over 100 years of sales experience to our team with strong channel growth objectives and customer centric values.

    “TAI’s mission is to offer a market advantage to our customers along with the resources they need to succeed with their designs. Partnering with Abracon perfectly aligns with this mission and provides our customers with a unique advantage, offering fast engineering support and deep industry knowledge for end market solutions. Innovative design engineers will find solutions faster and easier with the availability of Abracon products in East Pennsylvania, South Jersey, and Delaware” commented Steve Buroojy, partner at TAI Technical Sales.

    TAI is a quality extension of Abracon’s core capabilities and services in the East Pennsylvania and South Jersey markets. With TAI, our customers can leverage leading knowledge and services to design-in high quality Abracon solutions.

    “Between the two current partners, Steve Buroojy and Scott Bibus, and TAI members, Jim Heffernan and Joe Bierman, TAI brings over 100 years of experience to the table. Their vision for growth, channel strategy, and customer value proposition complements Abracon’s mission to provide exceptional support to our growing community of engineers. TAI is the perfect partner for Abracon in the Philadelphia territory” commented Steve Anderson, Northeast Regional Sales Manager, Abracon.

    About Abracon, LLC
    Founded in 1992, and headquartered in Spicewood, Texas, 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 clocks (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 Texas and sales offices in Texas, California, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Scotland, Israel, Hungary, UK, and Germany. Abracon’s products are offered through its global distribution network.

    Coils for Wireless Power and Wireless Charging | Solutions Guide Released

    Austin, TX – Abracon, LLC (Abracon), a leading global manufacturer of passive & electromechanical timing, synchronization, power, connectivity and RF components announces the Coils for Wireless Charging and Wireless Power Solutions Guide featuring the 20W RX wireless charging coil optimized for Semtech’s LinkCharge 20™. The solutions guide makes it fast and easy to select the right coil solution from available dimensions and power capabilities by providing information on the various uses for wireless charging and wireless power in high power applications, industrial, robotics, IoT and wearables.

    Abracon specializes on a broad range of receiver coils starting at 12mm and 15mm in diameter, which are perfect for industrial IoT applications. Ideal applications include robotics, drones, automation systems, power tools, and medical devices, which all benefit from the reliable and consistent power delivery to device batteries. Abracon also offers a wide range of coils suitable for either transmitter or receiver applications.

    VIEW WIRELESS POWER & WIRELESS CHARGING SOLUTIONS GUIDE

    “As many of today’s electronic devices become roamable,” states Juan Conchas, Director or Marketing with Abracon, “the need for wireless charging will inevitably expand. Unplugging from the need for a traditional connector with metal contacts improves reliability, durability, robustness and enables ease of use without limiting device charge times. Portable and roamable devices of all types will benefit from the broad wireless charging solutions that Abracon offers.”

    All of Abracon’s wireless charging coil solutions are in stock and available through franchised distributors. View the solutions guide here: http://abracon.com/Support/wireless-charging-solutions-guide.pdf

    About Abracon, LLC
    Founded in 1992, and headquartered in Spicewood, Texas, 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 clocks (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 Texas and sales offices in Texas, California, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Scotland, Israel, Hungary, UK, and Germany. Abracon’s products are offered through its global distribution network.