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 MA Business copyright See Terms and Conditions. One-off usage is permitted but bulk copying is not. For multiple copies contact the sales team. 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.