Abracon Releases New Series of Miniature Size HC-49US Crystals

Irvine, CA – A globally preferred, leading supplier of frequency control and magnetic components, Abracon LLC has introduced its ABL6M, ABLS6M, ABL7M, ABL7M2, ABLS7M and ABLS7M2 series of newly miniaturized versions of its popular HC-49US crystals named the ABLS series.

“Offered at a lower height with a smaller footprint and through-hole and SMD packages, our ABL6M, ABLS6M, ABL7M, ABL7M2, ABLS7M and ABLS7M2 series crystals are ideal space-saving solutions,” explains Syed Raza, director of engineering at Abracon.

“The ABL7M, ABL7M2, ABLS7M and ABLS7M2 reduce the footprint of a standard low-cost HC-49US crystal package by almost 50% and the ABL6M and ABLS6M by about 66‰. While offering a substantial size reduction, the resistance weld sealed package ensures optimal in-circuit performance and long-term reliability. These devices are also RoHS compliant and Pb free,” continues Raza.

Typical applications of this series include: microprocessors, wireless applications, home appliances and industrial and consumer electronics, amongst others.

  • These cost-effective devices also offer such key advantages as:
  • A reduced footprint from the standard HC-49US crystal package
  • A low profile Tight stability and extended temperature, including operating temperature range options
  • High-reliability and low-cost
  • A resistance welded metal package RoHS compliant and Pb free

Abracon´s space-saving HC-49US crystal series is available through Abracon’s Global Distribution partners at a competitive price.
Abracon Links:
HC-49US Crystals

Abracon releases a new Real Time Clock Module Ultra-low Power 60nA XTAL Mode / 17nA RC Auto Mode

Irvine, CA Abracon has introduced its new ultra-low power Real Time Clock module, AB-RTCMC-32.768kHz-IBO5-S3, with I2C interface.

This device is designed to reduce the overall system power consumption with its innovative timing and power management features.

This device has ultra-low current consumption (XTAL Mode: 60nA typ. @3.0V; RC Mode: 17nA typ. @3.0V; RC Autocalibrated Mode: 22nA typ. @3.0V), which allows the system designers to use inexpensive ceramic capacitors instead of supercapacitors for several hours of backup time. When longer backup time is required, designers can take advantage of much smaller supercapacitors and batteries to reduce system cost.

Additional value-added features include Alarm, Interrupt, Countdown Timer, Watchdog Timer, Power Management with Power-Switch, Trickle Charger, Automatic Switchover to backup supply voltage and general purpose RAM.

This device is available in a compact 3.7 x 2.5 x 0.90mm hermetically sealed package, with built-in quartz crystal.

Typical applications include keeping network time in communications devices, allowing time backup in smart meters and sensor networks, and preserving time and critical application data when replacing the battery in consumer medical devices.

Features:

  • Ultra-Low current consumption
    • XTAL Mode 60nA typ. @3.0V
    • RC Mode 17nA typ. @3.0V
    • RC Auto calibrated Mode 22nA typ. @3.0V
  • RTC module with built-in crystal oscillating at 32.768 kHz
  • Operating voltage: 1.5–3.6V
  • Operating temperature range: -40 to +85°C
  • Factory calibrated Time accuracy ±2.0ppm typ. @ 25°C
  • Automatic Battery Switchover,
  • Trickle Charger, Power Management & Power Switch Function
  • Programmable CLKOUT frequencies
  • I2C Bus Interface (fast mode 400kHz)
  • Time keeping mode down to 1.5 V
  • Programmable Alarm, Timer and INT
  • Up to 512 Bytes of general purpose RAM
  • Small and compact package size: 3.7 x 2.5 x 0.9 mm. RoHS-compliant & 100% lead free

Application:

  • Smart cards
  • Wireless sensors and tags
  • Medical/Healthcare electronics
  • Sports and fitness electronics
  • Smart Utility meters
  • Data loggers
  • Appliances
  • Tracking systems
  • Home security systems
  • Industrial and Consumer electronics
  • Communications equipment

Abracon Datasheet Link:
AB-RTCMC-32.768kHz-IBO5-S3

SiTime and Abracon Sign Partnership Agreement to Expand Availability of MEMS Oscillators

Irvine, CA SiTime Corporation, a MEMS and analog semiconductor company and a wholly owned subsidiary of MegaChips Corporation, today announced a strategic partnership with Abracon LLC, a global manufacturer of frequency control, signal conditioning, clock distribution and magnetic components. With this agreement, Abracon expands its product portfolio and will supply and support MEMS timing solutions through its global sales and distribution network.

“Abracon has successfully built its business by offering best-in-class applications engineering and sales support. We´ve grown rapidly by responding to market needs and forming strategic partnerships with industry leaders that offer high value solutions ¸” said Christopher Polley, President of Abracon. “SiTime´s innovative MEMS timing technology is the future of our industry. We are pleased to bring these solutions to our customers along with the excellent support they have always received from Abracon.”

“SiTime´s unique technology benefits– more features, higher performance, smaller size and better reliability –have been adopted by Tier 1 electronics customers worldwide. With shipments of over 350 million units, SiTime is the leader, and is transforming the $5 billion timing market–” said Rajesh Vashist, CEO of SiTime.“Over the last twenty years, Abracon has built a global brand with a leadership position in the quartz timing field, and now serves over 50,000 customers. SiTime is excited to partner with Abracon and bring our MEMS timing technology to all their customers.”

About Abracon
Abracon was established in 1992 with the vision of becoming a top tier global manufacturer of Frequency Control, Signal Conditioning, Clock Distribution and Magnetic Components with local design and technical support. Abracon provides its customers with high quality products, competitive pricing, timely delivery, reliable engineering and technical support, plus production flexibility worldwide. For more information, visit www.abracon.com

About SiTime
SiTime Corporation, a MEMS and analog semiconductor company and a wholly owned subsidiary of MegaChips Corporation (Tokyo Stock Exchange: 6875), offers MEMS-based silicon timing solutions that replace legacy quartz products. SiTime’s configurable solutions enable customers to differentiate their products with higher performance, reduced size and better reliability. The rich feature set and flexibility of SiTime’s solutions allow customers to consolidate their supply-chain, reducing cost of ownership and time to market. By using standard semiconductor processes and high volume packaging, SiTime offers the best availability and shortest lead times in the industry. With 80% market share and over 350 million devices shipped, SiTime is driving the electronics industry to use 100% silicon-based timing. www.sitime.com

Abracon Releases watch-MEMS®

Irvine, CA – A globally preferred, leading supplier of frequency control and magnetic components, Abracon has introduced its new series of watch-MEMS® kHz MEMS oscillators, featuring the World’s Smallest CSP (1.5 x 0.8mm) & SMD (2.0×1.2 mm) packages.

These devices are ideally suited for tuning fork crystal replacement in space constrained designs. Optimized for the Wearable, IoT & Consumer solutions, these devices provide temperature stabilized alternative to tuning fork crystal based timing devices, while eliminating the oscillator loop capacitors, saving significant surface area, complexity & frequency variation over temperature.

Offered with both temperature stabilized (±75ppm or ±100ppm over -40°C to +85°C) version and temperature compensated (±5ppm, ±10ppm or ±20ppm over -40°C to +85°C) version; this series offers designers great flexibility to replace a typical tuning fork watch crystal with a precise 32.768kHz clocking solution.

Key Features:

  • Available in two types of ultra-miniature packages: SMD: 2.0 x 1.2 x 0.60
  • CSP: 1.54 x 0.84 x 0.60mm
  • Supply voltage: 1.5V to 3.63V
  • Ultra-Low current consumption
  • Internal power supply filtering eliminates bypass capacitor for Vdd port

Abracon’s space-saving watch-MEMS series is available through Abracon’s Global Distribution partners at a competitive price.

Abracon Links:
MEMS Oscillators

Evergreen Pacific Partners Makes Growth Equity Investment in Abracon LLC

Seattle, WA – Investment to Enable Abracon to Accelerate Growth Through Strategic Partnerships and Acquisitions.

Evergreen Pacific Partners (Evergreen), Washington State’s largest private equity fund, announced today that it has completed an investment in Irvine, California-based Abracon Corporation (Abracon), a leading global manufacturer of passive electronic components for frequency control, signal conditioning, wireless communication, power management and magnetic components. The two founders of Abracon, Chris Polley and Don Bebout, will continue to lead the business as equity partners with Evergreen. The growth equity investment will enable Abracon to accelerate its growth through strategic partnerships and acquisitions, expanding products, geographic locations and sales channels.

Abracon offers a broad 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 Communication components. The company is ISO9001-2008 certified with design, application engineering, and testing resources in California and Illinois; and Sales offices in Texas, California, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Scotland, and Germany. Abracon’s products are offered through its Global Distribution Network to commercial, industrial, consumer and select COTS-Military markets.

“Abracon has been executing on a service-centric growth plan since its founding, and this investment will enable them to expand their already strong position across multiple product categories,” said T.J. McGill, co-founder and managing partner of Evergreen Pacific Partners. “Chris has assembled an outstanding team, and we look forward to working with them to seize new opportunities for growth through acquisition and enhanced customer satisfaction.”

Abracon was founded in 1992 and grew organically as well as through partnerships with both North American and off-shore manufacturing and technology partners as well as established channel relationships with the leading global distributors of Abracon’s products. In 2013, Abracon established a new order fulfillment center in Austin, Texas as a result of the Company’s rapid growth in order to better serve its East Coast and European customers.

“Driven by the proliferation of internet enabled devices, we’ve seen double digit growth in the past two years,” said Chris Polley, Chief Executive Officer. “With this investment, we will make strategic partnerships and acquisitions, allowing us to serve more customers in more places through an expanded product line, new geographic reach and new channel partnerships.”

Evergreen Pacific Partners, which manages two private equity funds totaling $700 million, invests in traditional buyouts, management led buyouts, and growth equity investments involving middle-market companies in the Western U.S. and Canada. Its investors include foundations, endowments, pension funds, and West Coast-based CEOs with experience in Evergreen’s target industries.

For technical assistance with these products, please contact Abracon LLC. at tech-support@abracon.com