Every electronic system has a heartbeat – a clock signal – that helps each component perform in perfect synchronization.
For decades, designers have used quartz crystals to generate this electronic heartbeat. The crystals oscillate, creating a precise rhythm. But when these expensive crystals start to wear down, they can jitter, or jump, impacting their accuracy over time.
Our company is announcing two new devices that incorporate bulk acoustic wave (BAW) resonators as a new type of electronic heartbeat. At 100 microns wide, these tiny timekeepers are smaller than the diameter of a human hair, yet they operate at frequencies much higher than quartz crystals and provide better system performance.