26 February 2007 Size counts How reduced component size avoids an attack of the jitters – if you catch my drift. By Mike Richardson. Technology is shrinking and, as with any other component, the electronics industry is being driven to reduce product footprint for a number of reasons. But miniaturisation comes with a price, and nowhere is the effect felt more keenly than in frequency control product (FCP) manufacture. However, innovative techniques have shown that suppliers are tuning into increasing customer demands for a smaller footprint, without compromising performance. A glance at the latest trends confirms that miniaturisation is a big deal. Stefan Hartmann, senior manager of Epson Electronics Europe’s QD division, begins: “There is an increasing trend towards miniaturisation as manufacturers pack more functionality into smaller devices such as mobile phones. This places certain manufacturing demands on the physical size of quartz devices, crystal oscillators and filters.” Manufacturers are then faced with a number of exacting requirements in size and performance. But, because many of the applications are now handheld and certainly very mobile, the effect of both shock and vibration must be considered in the specifications. Author Mike Richardson Related Downloads 8891\Size Counts.pdf Comment on this article Websites http://www.aelcrystals.co.ukhttp://www.euroquartz.co.ukhttp://www.pdixtal.comhttp://www.tfc.co.ukhttp://www.toyocom.co.uk Companies Acal BFi UK LtdAEL Crystals LtdEuroquartz LtdTotal Frequency Control LtdToyocom Europe GMBH This material is protected by Findlay Media copyright See Terms and Conditions. One-off usage is permitted but bulk copying is not. For multiple copies contact the sales team. Enjoy this story? People who read this article also read... Claire Jeffreys, NEW Claire Jeffreys, events director, National Electronics Week, ... Read Article Southern Manufacturing This year, Southern Manufacturing and Electronics is set to be ... Read Article Arrow buys Nu Horizons Arrow is buying Nu Horizons in an all cash deal which values the ... Read Article NIDays 2013 NIDays is a technical conference designed specifically for ... Read Article What you think about this article: Add your comments Name Email Comments Your comments/feedback may be edited prior to publishing. Not all entries will be published. Please view our Terms and Conditions before leaving a comment.