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The Pulse of Progress

In this article the specialists at Jauch Quartz give you an insight into best practices in frequency control, current market conditions and what’s to come in the future.

Why are frequency products important?

Since the patent for Quartz Crystal Oscillators in 1918, Crystals and Oscillators have been the Pulse of Progress in Electronic devices to this day.Integrated in networks, present day electronic products can only communicate with each other by mutually synchronizing their signals. Timing devices play their unobserved but crucial role in various areas of our daily life, serving as clock signal sources for digital circuits. They have been developed continually alongside the progress in electronic technology. Continued development is now allowing them to expand their applications.Many simple, low speed functions may merely rely on a microcontroller’s internal RC oscillator to provide the necessary clock signal. However, internal oscillators may be too sluggish and noisy for some purposes, or you may need multiple devices to share a single clock. Whatever the case, there are instances where an external timing solution is essential.Jauch Quartz Crystals and Oscillators are used extensively in Smart Metering, Home Automation, Medical, Green Energy and Factory automation applications.High Reliability and Wide operating temperature enable robustness for harsh environments and outdoor Equipment.Low power enables long battery life for Remote Sensors and Beacons.Precise Frequency Control enables Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Z-wave, Sigfox, Lorawan, 5G and numerous emerging RF standards.

What to look for in frequency?

As Timing is the pulse of most Electronic circuitry – then naturally the intrinsic quality of the product is vital.If the frequency varies outside of the specification, then the risk of the whole Circuit failing to operate is huge.To mitigate this, design engineers also often seek local Technical Support and Circuit optimisation services such as DLD and OSF tests with full analysis reports which Jauch Quartz offers for their customers.

What accreditations are essential?

At a minimum you should look out for ISO9001:2015, ISO14001 and ISO/IATF 16949 approved manufacturing facilities to ensure the production flow is fully audited.For Automotive and increasingly for Industrial markets, AEC-Q100 and AEC-Q200 are also important, and Jauch has regular assessments of its factories to ensure continuity in our quality.These product test standards help in reassuring the customer that the device will stand up to their demanding application.To this end, Jauch Quartz also offer a unique ‘Shockproof’ certification to their JTX310 series, for example. Learn more

Are lead-times as bad as MLCC/Resistors?

Manufacturing Lead-times are hardening in the 10-12 weeks range.There seems to be no imminent sign of this lengthening.At Jauch, we are privileged to have the only European OEM warehouse for Frequency Products with a capacity of 40 million devices, with complimentary inventory of more than 750k pcs, at Digi-Key Electronics, consisting of our focus design series.Learn more

What’s the future for frequency control?

The push from the marketplace over the last few years has been towards Miniaturisation.This does have direct trade offs in the Timing arena though, in terms of Frequency stability.Silicon based, MEMS technology has also come to the fore in recent years.The Future is Bright for Frequency products and the booming IoT sector is driving demand for lower power, more stable, Frequency products in the RF space.An example of this RF specific device is the Jauch Quartz JXS-WA series.Also, the tighter requirements for ‘total PPM budgets’ for certain applications is an ever-increasing stipulation in the latest circuit designs. Learn more

About Jauch Quartz GmbH

The Jauch Group is one of the leading specialists for quartz crystals, crystal oscillators and battery technology.Established in 1954, we are a European market leader in the frequency control products industry, most recently with innovative MEMS timing and RF specific devices.We underline our claim to leadership with our in-depth technical knowledge, high application and certification expertise; alongside in house, advanced test environments with high availability and fast delivery of products.Our competent staff at our subsidiaries Jauch Quartz France, Jauch Quartz United Kingdom, and Jauch Quartz America are available to assist with pioneering technology solutions.

Phone: + 44 (0) 1276 605900

Email: info@jauch.com

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Jauch Quartz UK Ltd

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