Top 5 Adaptations in Timing and Synchronization Enabling the IoT | Abracon LLC

Cutting edge, innovative, and exhilarating, the IoT has caught the attention of millions of businesses and consumers around the world. It’s easy to mistake the technologies of the IoT and their profitability as an overnight success; however, it would not be possible without key innovations over decades of work. At the heart of IoT technology is electronic timing. Adaptations in timing and synchronization are being pioneered to address the unique challenges that come with the IoT; these solutions are the unsung heroes that keep our data collection clean and our devices in sync. Below are the top 5 adaptations in timing and synchronization technology enabling the IoT.

1. Quartz crystals with lowest possible plating load capacitance (CL) and equivalent series resistance (ESR).

The most significant trend in IoT is conserving battery power while still boosting overall functionality. Advanced IC subsystems are continuously starved of energy, forcing them to operate with lower power consumption. The direct result of reduced power consumption is a decrease in oscillation gain margin in the Pierce oscillator with industry low gm_critical – a defining metric for strength of the oscillator circuit. gm_critical has been pushed to the lowest limits in a wide variety of IoT optimized chipsets requiring adaptations in quartz crystal technology. One significant adaptation is an ever lower CL and ESR value.

Today’s crystal has evolved to meet the lowest levels of CL combined with the lowest ESR available. Lowering both CL and ESR simultaneously leads to a crystal that is much easier to drive and is capable of being driven using a Pierce oscillator configured with a low gm_critical value. Saving the most amount of power consumption, the leading edge of crystal design is now enabling CL of 3pF or 4pF for a wide variety of frequencies. With such low CL values, designers of energy saving MCUs and RF chipsets can optimize their designs to run on lower power consumption than ever before.

2. Sub 100nA timekeeping current consumption real time clocks (RTC).

Many smart IoT devices are often deployed over a wide perimeter and are expected to operate autonomously for years without routine maintenance. For these devices, power consumption is everything. The last 50nA could mean the difference between sustained operability on a tiny coin cell or sacrificing real estate by installing a larger battery. Previous RTC technology can be up to 10X more power hungry than today’s state of the art. When the RTC in the system is the only heartbeat that remains active in deep sleep, reducing the time keeping current consumption to 22nA translates into a significant extension of battery life. Sub 100nA power consumption RTC’s keep IoT devices running in deep sleep for as long as necessary.

3. Micro-footprint MEMS oscillators.

Size is a considerable design challenge for the IoT and wearable device market. Although MEMS oscillators aren’t the lowest cost solutions and usually less efficient in terms of power consumption, they are the reigning kings of small form factor designs. Available in “chipscale” packages – the size of a single silicon die – MEMS oscillators offer output frequencies from 32.768kHz to >100MHz in miniature footprints as small as 1.5mm x 0.8mm. Micro-footprint MEMS oscillators are the ideal solution for miniaturized IoT devices.

4. Compact advanced TCXOs.

Femtocells, LoRa radios, machine to machine (M2M) devices, GPS tracking and other IoT systems rely heavily on accurate long term timing stability to synchronize their communications and avoid spectral and time division interference. Acquiring a GPS signal from a distant satellite, locking to the signal, and calculating it’s exact coordinates on the surface of the earth requires precise millisecond to millisecond timing. Base transceiver stations (BTS) and other cellular devices, now migrating to 5G, act on precise transmit windows. Blurring these time-based boundaries leads to higher bit error rate, violates standards and specifications and increases unnecessary noise and interference. Today’s compact TCXO devices achieve ±1ppm to ±0.1ppm frequency stability over temperature, ideal for many compact RF and GPS applications that are driving the IoT.

5. < 200-fs ultra-low jitter oscillators.

Without the accessibility of the cloud and the explosive growth in bandwidth capabilities, the IoT would not exist. For instance, increasing bandwidth in servers, storage systems, and network interfaces—both short and long haul—depends directly on the continuous evolution of low noise clocks. Ultra-high speed serial rates that exceed 50 gigabits per second (Gbps) require sub-200 fs (RMS) reference clock phase jitter performance. Higher phase noise would exceed the level required for low bit error rate transmission between SERDES and RF devices. Today’s generation of ultra-low noise & jitter clocks enable the exponential growth in high speed data traffic driving the cloud.

Written by: Juan Conchas, Director of Marketing, Abracon

Original post: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/top-5-adaptations-timing-synchronization-enabling-iot-juan-conchas/

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.

Luscombe Rocky Mountain announced new Abracon Manufacturer’s Representative in Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming

Austin, TX – Abracon, LLC (Abracon), a leading global manufacturer of passive & electromechanical timing, synchronization, power, connectivity, and RF solutions, announces Luscombe Rocky Mountain as the new manufacturer’s representative with coverage in Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming.

Luscombe RM has been delivering hardware solutions to the Rockies for over 30 years, offering a focused supplier base, industry expertise, and a customer centric approach. Their addition to our team extends valuable guidance with technical acumen to our mutual customers in the region.

“Luscombe RM shares many common values with Abracon,” said Joan Lanoux, North Central Regional Sales Manager with Abracon. “These include a legacy of exceptional technical knowledge, diligence in providing quality solutions, and vast sales experience. I appreciate the genuine enthusiasm they have towards finding the best technical solutions for their customers.”

This partnership assures optimal in-territory support for existing and new customers, accelerating their time to market using Abracon’s broad product solutions and leading edge technologies.

“Luscombe Rocky Mountain is excited to begin our new partnership with Abracon. We look forward to engaging and supporting our customers with Abracon’s IoT optimized portfolio” said Bryan Fluegel, Partner at Luscombe Rocky Mountain.

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.

Advanced MHz MEMS solutions guide available from Abracon

Abracon, LLC. (Abracon), a leading global manufacturer of frequency control, signal conditioning, clocking and magnetic components, announces availability of the Advanced MEMS Timing Solutions Guide developed to assist customers in their selection of advanced oscillator products using microelectro-mechanical systems (MEMS). Abracon’s timing products using MEMS technology offer inherent benefits over quartz crystals including miniaturization, resistance to shock and vibration and extended operating temperature range while maintaining good frequency stability. Ideal for applications requiring a compact footprint, extended durability and wide temperature operation such as wearables, IoT, industrial, transportation, communications, industrial computing, networking and lighting.

The solutions guide showcases Abracon’s low power ASTMLP series of MEMS oscillators drawing less than 5mA for power sensitive applications. Extended temperature applications such as industrial can use the ASTMHT series optimized for -55C to +125C operating range. The noise and jitter optimized ASTMUP series supports communications protocols such as SATA, SAS, Fibre Channel, Passive Optical Networks, EPON, 10G-EPON, GPON, 10G-PON, Ethernet, 1G, 10GBASE-T/KR/LR/SR, FCoE, and PCI Express.

“The market for MEMS technology has grown exponentially in the last 3 years,” says Juan Conchas, Director of Marketing for Abracon. “MEMS is now a significant part of the clock and timing ecosystem and Abracon has become one of the recognized market leaders.”

“Abracon’s MEMS offering is comprehensive, taking advantage of all the benefits of the technology,” comments Syed Raza. “Each product line is optimized for small size, low power or low phase jitter, meeting applications requirements in a diversity of markets.”

Abracon MEMS oscillators are available in standard footprints from 5.0×7.0mm to 2.0×1.6mm depending on configuration. All devices are available through any of Abracon’s franchised distributors. View the solutions guide here.

About Abracon, LLC
Abracon is a global manufacturer of frequency control, signal conditioning, clock distribution and magnetic components. Abracon offers a wide selection of Quartz Crystals, Crystal and MEMS Oscillators, Real Time Clocks, Antennas, Bluetooth Modules, Ceramic Resonators, SAW Filters, SAW Resonators, Inductors, Transformers, RFID Tags and RJ45 Jacks. The company is ISO9001-2008 certified with design, warehouse and applications engineering resources in Texas and offices in California, China, UK and Germany. Abracon’s products are offered through its global distribution network.

Precision timing for networking and communications, new solutions guide from Abracon

(April 14, 2017) Abracon, LLC. (Abracon), a leading global manufacturer of frequency control, signal conditioning, clocking and magnetic components, announces availability of new solutions guide showcasing precision ultra-low jitter oscillators for networking and communications applications. A variety of equipment including FPGAs with high speed SERDES, test and measurement, video and imaging, OTN/SONET, servers, cloud computing, high performance computing (HPC), Fibre Channel, storage, base stations (BTS) using CPRI/OBSAI or LTE/4G/5G, precision GPS, RF and RADAR require low noise and precision timing. In addition, equipment using advanced jitter attenuators that support short term and long term holdover require very accurate TCXO and OCXO devices.

The solutions guide displays a variety of solutions with RMS jitter ranging from 75fs to 500fs supporting serial data rates well beyond 50Gbps. Precision OCXOs with low phase noise of -120dBc/Hz at 10Hz offset and excellent short term stability of +/-0.005ppb ideal for base station (BTS) and RF applications are also featured. Ultra-performance MEMS solutions with excellent resistance to shock and vibration in a small 2.5×2.0mm footprint can be used in applications requiring typical jitter of 0.6ps such as line rates below 10Gbps.

“The explosive demand for bandwidth in communications infrastructure equipment is driving the need for lower noise and more precise timing solutions,” comments Juan Conchas, Director of Marketing for Abracon. “Our broad offering of XOs, TCXOs and OCXOs are ideally suited for applications requiring the lowest phase jitter and noise as well as best overall frequency accuracy.”

“Many applications are now driving multiple lanes of data traffic at serial bit rates higher than 50Gbps,” says Syed Raza, VP of Engineering with Abracon. “These data rates are only viable when the clock’s phase noise is low enough and RMS phase jitter approaches 100fs or less.”

Abracon also features a handy phase noise to jitter calculator useful when integrating phase noise over a variety of bands. To view the calculator, follow this link: http://www.abracon.com/phaseNoiseCalculator.php

All products are available through Abracon’s franchised distributors.

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 Media Contact
PR@abracon.com