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 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.

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.

PRESS RELEASE: Abracon Announces Compact Chip Antenna Solutions for Wearables and IoT

Abracon Announces Compact Chip Antenna Solutions for Wearables and IoT ACA-102, ACA-103, AMCA31

AUSTIN, Tx. (November 8, 2016) Abracon Holdings, LLC. (Abracon), a leading global manufacturer of passive & electromechanical timing, synchronization, power, connectivity and RF components announces multiple compact chip antenna solutions targeting the main RF communications protocols widely necessary by the Internet of Things, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and  wearables product sectors. This series of chip antennas are designed to simplify critical trade-offs between size and RF power gain, an important factor in optimizing IoT and wearables functionality and design. Rugged ceramic construction supporting -40C to 85C operating temperature range ideally suits them for the demanding requirements of industrial applications.

The ACA-102 offers the most compact size supporting 2.4GHz Bluetooth, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and WiFi/Wireless LAN applications with a small 2.0×1.2 footprint and 1mm height while offering -3dBi of gain.

The ACA-103 features dual-band  supporting Bluetooth/BLE/WiFi/WLAN at 2.4GHz with -4dBi of gain and WiFi/WLAN at 5.5GHz with -6dBi of gain in a compact  5.0×2.0x1.2mm form factor.

The AMCA31 offers the best gain in the series supporting  2.4GHz Bluetooth, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and WiFi/Wireless LAN applications with a small 3.2×1.6 footprint and 1.2mm height while offering -1dBi of gain maximizing range and optimizing efficiency.

To further optimize end system design, Abracon offers antenna tuning services that measure gain and center frequency of the end system and confirm in-circuit performance of the antenna. In cases when the antenna is de-tuned due to non-optimal layout, ground plane or other issues, Abracon will recommend the optimal values to use on the pi-network matching the impedance between the RF IC and the antenna.

“Knowing that there is no free lunch when it comes to RF performance and size trade-offs, these antennas enable engineers to make appropriate decisions when designing their end systems,” says Dean Clark. “The IoT requires the use of small and efficient antenna solutions. The antenna efficiency is a major factor in maintaining end system communication range while keeping the power consumption as low as possible. The antenna selection and optimization is critical in this role.

Abracon offers a wide selection of antenna options. These solutions are available and in stock at Abracon’s major distributors world-wide.

“Due to a broad development of wireless applications in IoT, IIoT and wearables, the need for compact antenna solutions is growing explosively,” says Keith Chapman. “ Abracon is meeting that need by introducing advanced RF solutions and working closely with its global distribution partners to meet the go to market requirements of system designers.”

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          
Camille Vargas
PR@arbacon.com
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Abracon partners with leading distributors Arrow, Digi-Key, and Mouser to stock small footprint automotive and industrial grade crystals supporting high temperature requirements

Austin, TX -Abracon, LLC extends its quartz crystal product offering by supplying a broad stocking of the ABS07AIG, ABM8AIG, ABM10AIG and ABM11AIG family of quartz crystals designed to meet the durability and wide operating temperature requirements of automotive and industrial applications. With footprints as small as 2.0×1.6mm, the product line offers standard operating temperature ranges of -40°C to 85°C, -40°C to 105°C, -40°C to 125°C in all package and frequency options.

Manufactured on TS16949 certified production lines, this family of crystals are AEC-Q200 qualified.

ABS07AIG solution for 32.768kHz applications is available in 3.2mm x1.5mm footprint with a variety of plating capacitances down to 6pF.

ABM11AIG series saves the most space with a 2.0mm x 1.6mm footprint, with available standard and custom frequencies in the range of 16MHz to 50MHz.  ABM10AIG offers carrier frequencies between 12MHz to 62.5MHz in a 2.0mm x 2.5mm package, while ABM8AIG is available over 12MHz to 54MHz in a 3.2mm x 2.5mm package.   These solutions can be further optimized to service custom frequency and set-tolerance requirements, as tight as ±10 ppm; with a variety of plating loads – down to 6pF.

“By making these crystals available off-the-shelf, Abracon directly addresses the requirements of next generation automotive applications such as advanced navigation, infotainment, connectivity, camera and body electronics,”commented Juan Conchas, Director for Marketing for Abracon.

“Additionally, this addresses the growing need for connectivity and other advanced electronics within industrial applications such as industrial IoT, process control, automation, metering and sensing in general.”

Standard frequencies such as 32.768kHz, 12MHz, 12.288Mhz, 13.00MHz, 13.56MHz, 14.7456MHz, 16.00MHz, 16.384MHz, 18.432MHz, 19.6608MHz, 20.00Mhz, 24.576MHz, 25.00MHz, 26.00MHz, 27.00MHz, 30.00MHz, 40.00MHz addressing real time clock, CAN bus & MCU clocking, USB, NFC, Bluetooth, BLE, WiFi and asynchronous serial/UART applications are in stock and are immediately available.  Custom configurations including carrier frequency & plating load are available with 8 to 10 week lead time.


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