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Frequency Control & Timing Devices

Abracon Releases New High Precision Embedded Rubidium Oscillators

Abracon’s AR50LC Rubidium Oscillators are in-stock and available now!


Abracon Announces Record Number of New Product Introductions in 2023

Abracon achieves milestone by releasing a record-breaking 46 new product introductions (NPIs), marking the highest number in its 31-year history.


Abracon Releases Updated Interactive Timing Catalog

Abracon announces the release of their 2023 interactive timing catalog, featuring over 200 series and 20+ newly added parts.


White Paper - Second Generation ClearClock™ Third-Overtone Crystal Oscillators: Improving low RMS phase jitter performance in miniature packages.

In this brand new white paper, Abracon discusses the features, benefits, performance, and properties of the latest generation of ultra-low jitter third-overtone crystal oscillators designed to provide stable and accurate clock signals for a variety of high-speed applications such as optical transceivers and modules, data centers, network switches and gateways, and 100G/200G/400G/800G ethernet.


Abracon Announces New Ultra-Low Jitter ClearClock™ SMD Oscillators

Abracon expands its line of high-performance ClearClock™ oscillators with the addition of the brand new AK2A and AK3A-series oscillators. This new line of ultra-low jitter SMD oscillators from Abracon are designed to provide stable and accurate clock signals for a variety of high-speed applications such as optical transceivers and modules, data centers, network switches and gateways, and 100G/200G/400G/800G ethernet.


Abracon Announces New STM Microcontroller Crystal Reference Tool

Abracon has created a reference tool designed to help engineers, electronics buyers, and sales managers to quickly and easily identify the appropriate Abracon crystal oscillator product for a customer’s chosen 32-bit STMicro® chipset. STMicro’s STM32 microcontrollers are based on an industry-standard core providing options for a host of customizations and designer flexibility.


Maximize Energy Efficiency with Abracon's Smart Meter Solutions

Abracon's Smart Meter solutions integrate seamlessly with various applications enabling advanced energy monitoring.


Abracon’s AEC-Q200 Qualified Automotive Quartz Crystals Now Available

Abracon's ABS07AIG is a high-temperature quartz crystal that is AEC-Q200 qualified and produced with a TSI6949 Production Line Certification.


Abracon Expands Continuous Voltage Oscillator Family with Automotive Grade SMD Crystals

Abracons ASEKDVAIG, ASAKDVAIG, and ASDKDVAIG are AEC-Q200 qualified and manufactured on fully certified IATF 16949 production lines, giving long-term reliability while reducing cost.


New Abracon White Paper: IBIS Models for Simulating Crystal Oscillator Output Performance

This white paper provides an overview of the IBIS model's ability to simulate oscillator performance within a larger circuit. System-level designers can utilize IBIS models to simplify and expedite the design process. IBIS models save behavioral information vs. structural, saving data at a rate requiring less processing power and allowing for faster simulation and analysis.


ABS05: Tuning Fork Crystal for Energy-Saving MCUs

Over the past two years, supply chain challenges have significantly complicated high-volume availability of the industry-standard 3.2 x 1.5 mm and 2.0 x 1.2 mm tuning fork quartz crystals with lower plating loads.. However, Abracons 1.6 x 1.0 x 0.5 mm ABS05 plated at 4.0pF can easily replace the larger-sized alternatives in current energy-saving MCUs and other gorilla chip set designs without sacrificing performance requirements or adding extra design pressure. It can also enable further reduction of consumed surface area in newer designs. Furthermore, designers might want to consider a comprehensive, all-encompassing land pattern in their designs.


Abracon Announces 10ppb Stability OCXOs for Precision Holdover Applications

The AOC2012, AOC1409 and AOC2522A/AOC2522B OCXOs offer ±10ppb stability over commercial and industrial temperature ranges respectively. These solutions are ideally suited for Stratum 3/3E, cellular infrastructure, base station, test & measurement, switch, router, precision GPS and precision timing reference applications.


Update on Impact of Asahi Kasei Microsystem Factory Fire in Nobeoka, Japan

Abracon has an update on the impact of the Asahi Kasei Microsystem (AKM) semiconductor factory fire that took place in Oct. 2020 in Nobeoka, Miyazaki prefecture, Japan.


Ecliptek's Quick-Turn Programmable Oscillators

Eclipteks programming capability offers a quick-turn delivery of low, medium and high-volume programmable oscillators, resulting in the shortening of the customer design cycle and the delivery of production lots. These solutions are ideally suited for industrial, consumer, data centers and telecommunications infrastructure architectures.


Abracon Announces New Continuous Voltage SMD Oscillator Family

The new ASADV, ASDDV and ASEDV series of MHz crystal oscillators are designed for simplicity and optimized for low power consumption while providing low RMS jitter operation at any voltage between 1.6V and 3.6V.


New Abracon White Paper: 156.25MHz Ultra-Low RMS Jitter XOs Performance Study

This paper reviews the phase noise and RMS jitter performance characteristics of Abracons five key ultra-low jitter timing solutions. They are designed to meet the challenging RMS jitter requirements of todays precision applications requiring data rates of 10,40, 100, 200 and 400Gbps. These series include the AK2, AX3, AK5 and AK7 ClearClock solutions and the ASGTX5 TCXO series.


Abracon to Co-Host Upcoming Webinar: Timing Products for the IoT World

Thomas Culhane, Abracons director of engineering for Timing and Synchronization, will present the webinar at 10:00 a.m. PST on June 10, 2020. Learn about the role frequency products play into the hardware required for developing IoT markets and the new packages required for IoT devices like wearables


Abracon Reveals Updated Pierce Analyzer System (PAS) Service

Abracons proprietary Pierce Analyzer System (PAS) validates quartz crystal in-circuit performance. Integrated circuits that use external quartz crystals do not always account for key limiting factors, but Abracons PAS advanced board characterization service provides design engineers support in optimizing their circuit performance by properly determining the oscillator loop dynamics.


List of Top Benefits of MEMS Timing

MEMS based timing components are gaining popularity. Learn about the benefits in this list.


Abracon Releases Ultra-Low Jitter AK2 ClearClock™ Oscillators for Compact Networking Applications

The new 2.5 x 2.0 mm AK2 crystal oscillator series has the smallest profile in the ClearClock™ family to address space-constrained, high-data networking applications such as PCI Express (PCIe) and optical transceivers.


Abracon’s New Factory-Configurable ASGTX5 TCXO with 3ppm Stability Delivers up to 2.1GHz in a Compact Footprint

Shrinking the footprint to 5.0 x 3.2 mm, the jitter-optimized ASGTX5 series delivers frequencies up to 2.1GHz with +/-3ppm temperature stability for networking and telecommunications applications


Abracon Releases Power-Optimized AK5 and AK7 ClearClock™ Oscillators with Sub-80fs Jitter

The ultra-low jitter AK7 and AK5 ClearClock™ oscillators utilize a quieter third overtone architecture that avoids PLL-based multiplication, reducing overall power consumption far below other high-performance XO alternatives.


Abracon Announces New In-Stock Ceramic Resonators in Popular Footprints and Values

The AWSCR Series of miniature ceramic resonators addresses the timing needs of industrial, consumer, motor control, appliances and other rugged applications.


Abracon MEMS: When to Select MEMS Clocking for Compact Designs

After decades of development, MEMS devices have proven useful in tackling challenges that quartz crystals may exhibit. Learn when MEMS wins and when to use it.


Abracon Releases Power-Optimized AX3 ClearClock™ Oscillators with Ultra-Low Jitter of 80fs

Compact applications with enhanced data rates reaching beyond 10Gbps, like active cables, optical modules and miniature broadcast video equipment, benefit from the AX3 device's combination of small footprint and high performance.


The Relationship Between Moore's Law and the Tuning Fork Crystal Oscillator

The rise of the IoT revealed a need for both miniaturization and lower power consumption, and Moores law aided the constant race toward generating longer battery life. It is not coincidence that quartz crystal technology has followed a similar trend.


Abracon Updates List of Top Frequencies and Applications

Abracon released an update to the list of the most common clock frequencies and their applications.


Abracon Low Jitter Oscillators Drive Higher Bandwidth

Global requirements for higher data rates can only be met if low jitter clocking keeps up. Selecting the right low jitter clocking technology is more obvious than ever.


Abracon Releases Power-Optimized AX5 ClearClock™ Oscillators with Ultra-Low Jitter of 125fs

Abracon announces the availability of the ClearClock™ AX5 ultra low jitter oscillator with 125fs typical jitter.


Abracon Releases New Video Highlighting Automotive Solutions

Abracon announces a new video highlighting our line of automotive grade components. The video showcases Abracons offering of crystals and oscillators, power inductors and patch and external antennas designed for automotive applications.


Abracon’s Quartz Timing Supports Range of Package Options Across Frequency and Performance

Quartz timing devices deliver precise and low noise clocking. Learn about the state-of-the-art options for output frequency by package size.


Abracon Supports Advanced Timing Solutions Across Multiple Applications

Learn the tradeoffs in timing technologies and know when and where to use crystals, oscillators and MEMS timing.


Abracon Releases Video Highlighting Power Optimized MEMS

Abracon releases a new video spotlighting the AMJM / AMJD / AMPM / AMPD series of power optimized MEMS oscillators. This series of MEMS features a compact footprint with package sizes as small as 1.6 x 1.2mm.


New ASAKMP Miniature 32 kHz Crystal Oscillator Now Available

Abracon's space-saving ASAKMP 32.768 kHz crystal oscillator is now available through Abracons Global Distribution partners.


Abracon Announces Tiny But Mighty™ Video Showcasing Smallest Form Factor Solutions

With size requirements shrinking and functionality and performance increasing, Abracon provides space-saving antenna, oscillator, inductor and crystal solutions in wearable and IoT applications and are truly Tiny but Mighty™!


Abracon Releases New Series of Low Power MEMS

Abracon announces the release of the AMJM/AMJD/AMPM/AMPD series of power optimized MEMS (micro electro-mechanical systems) oscillators.


Abracon Supports Top IoT and Wearable Solutions Across RF, Connectivity, Power and Timing

Engineers working on new IoT designs require next generation component solutions coupled with advanced validation services that enable top performance and get new designs to market.


4 Biggest Challenges with New IoT Designs

As the Internet of Things expands into more of our daily lives, designing new Things for the network still brings challenges. Discover some of the top issues for engineers developing new IoT products.


Abracon Releases New Engineering Service Video

Abracon releases new video showcasing Pierce Analyzer Service (PAS), which helps customers optimize quartz crystal designs for production.


Abracon Announces Component Solutions Kits for IoT, Wearables and Automotive Applications

These in-stock kits offer a one-stop-shop prototyping solution for hardware engineers


New XTAL Application Note: Benefits of Low ESR and Low CL for Low Power MCU Applications

Learn why a lower CL and ESR quartz crystal loading improves long term reliability for low power applications


Tuning Fork Crystal Temp Stability Prediction Tool

Abracon presents the perfect tool for estimating tuning fork crystal stability over temperature


Abracon Announces Power-Optimized ClearClock™ 119fs Oscillators for Communications, Networking, RF, Storage and Servers

Run cooler & faster with less noise using ClearClock™ industry leading low power and higher frequency crystal oscillators


Abracon Application Note 1025: 18pF Crystals May Not Oscillate with Energy Saving MCUs

Discover the pitfalls of using quartz XTALs with 18pF CL on next generation energy saving MCUs and why the trend toward lower CL plated XTALs continues.


New Abracon Application Note Released

Abracon LLC announces the release of a new application note titled "Benefits of Measuring Crystals In-Circuit". Read the complete application note here.


Top Benefits of PLL Based Crystal Oscillators

The phase locked loop (PLL) is one of the earliest feedback circuits devised in electronics. Going back 70 to 80 years, the PLL has become the workhorse of timing circuits. Its ability to synchronize to a base frequency, as well as, multiply the frequency to a much higher value provides flexibility and timing accuracy.


New Abracon Video Release | Watch

Abracon, LLC (Abracon), a leading global manufacturer of frequency control, timing, synchronization, RF, connectivity and power components, announces the release of a new Abracon video featuring the ABMxW and ABS0xW series of IoT optimized quartz crystals.


Abracon’s Automotive and Industrial Grade Solutions Guide Available Now

Abracon, LLC (Abracon), a leading global manufacturer of frequency control, timing, synchronization, RF, connectivity and power components, announces the availability of a new Automotive and Industrial Grade solutions guide.


Why does Reference Clock Jitter Matter?

Since the inception of the serial data transceiver, reference clock jitter has been a strong consideration when designing communications links. Is it a surprise that low clock jitter has remained significant? Why does clock jitter matter?


It’s a Femtosecond World

I fondly recall working on the first generation of 10Gigabit FPGA SERDES and struggling to accurately capture 10 picoseconds of timing jitter on high speed repetitive sampling oscilloscopes. At that time, advanced microwave transition analyzers could discern timing noise below the 1 picosecond level but that was rarely necessary. Since SERDES on those first FPGAs with high speed serial transceivers displayed a fair amount of inherent noise, clock jitter below 1psec rms was generally irrelevant.


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. Its 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.


Over Temperature Effects of Gm_critical | A Technical Review

The emergence of the IoT has accelerated the trend towards lower power consumption on many MCU and RF chipsets, pressuring IC designers to wring out every bit of energy savings in their circuits. The consequence, pertaining to the clocking scheme, is usually a weaker oscillator loop amplifier starved of transconductance (gm). The reduced power consumption has the potential to severely affect analog circuits, such as the Pierce oscillator.


How Critical is Gm_critical?

The trend toward increasingly low power consumption for many MCU and RF chipsets has accelerated with the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT). This trend pressures IC designers to wring out every bit of energy consumption in circuit design. Oscillator design geared toward low power consumption comes with an inherent side effect; the loop is starved of gain also known as the transconductance (gm). Although not of great disadvantage in the digital design domain, analog circuits can be severely affected by reduced power consumption, particularly the Pierce oscillator.


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

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


Abracon announces new IoT optimized quartz crystal series with the lowest CL and lowest ESR available on the market

Abracon, LLC, the IoT™ pioneer, unveils the ABM8W-ABS06W series—leading quartz crystals with the world's lowest CL and ESR. Ideal for IoT, wearables, and energy-efficient applications.


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.


Abracon LLC celebrates 25 years of business

Abracon, LLC (Abracon), a leading global manufacturer of passive & electromechanical timing, synchronization, power, connectivity and RF solutions, celebrated its 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 and TTI Inc Announce Asia Partnership

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.


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

Abracon's Audio/Video Guide: Ideal for consumer (set-top box, VR) and professional applications (audio mixers, broadcast equipment) with SDI, HD-SDI, and 3G HD-SDI.


New ASPIAIG Series Automotive Inductors released by Abracon

Abracon, global frequency control leader, unveils the MEMS Timing Solutions Guide. Optimize with MEMS oscillators for compact, durable use in various applications.


Guaranteed Ultra-Low Jitter 5x7mm XO’s Reduce Design Time in High Bandwidth Applications

High performance oscillators targeting clocking applications that drive high bandwidth requirements are ideal for servers, PCI Express accelerator add-on cards, wireless backhaul, base stations, switches, routers, automated test equipment and MRI equipment.



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

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.


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

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.


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

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.


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