What is a MultiVolt™ Oscillator?

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ECS Inc. International’s line of MultiVolt™ oscillators utilize a cutting-edge, small form factor high-performance ASIC to reduce current consumption and board space compared to traditional oscillator designs. With better phase noise and jitter performance, MultiVolt™ oscillators are a superior oscillator to your standard SAW or MEMS-based oscillators.

The ECS Inc. International MultiVolt™ quartz-based oscillators utilize a cutting-edge small form factor high-performance ASIC. The oscillator circuit stage uses a low-current linear voltage regulator. This significantly reduces current consumption compared to traditional oscillator designs. This regulation allows MultiVolt™ oscillators to operate over a wide deteriorating battery supply or a traditional fixed supply which all but eliminated the traditional characteristic of oscillator supply voltage dependency.

MultiVolt™ oscillators offer better jitter and phase noise performance compared to SAW or MEMS-based oscillators, and traditionally they do this at a lower cost point. These MultiVolt™ oscillators can serve multiple platforms to aid your design efforts. Most MultiVolt™ oscillator lines will operate across supply voltages of 1.6V ~ 3.6V and on a static supply compatible with 1.8V, 2.5V, 3.0V, and 3.3V. They come in industry standard packages and footprints from 1.6 x 1.2 mm up to 7.0 x 5.0 mm.

ECS Inc. International offers a wide variety of MultiVolt™ oscillator classifications:

The ECS Inc. standard MultiVolt™ HCMOS oscillators are the most flexible oscillator parts available on the market today with frequency range options from 32.738 kHz ~ 160 MHz. MultiVolt™ oscillators can operate across supply voltages of 1.6V ~ 3.6V and on a static supply compatible with 1.8V, 2.5V, 3.0V, and 3.3V. These quartz-based oscillators offer better jitter and better performance than MEMS oscillators at a lower cost. They are available in a wide range of industry standard packages with stabilities of ±20ppm, ±25ppm, ±50ppm, or ±100ppm and temperature ranges of -10ºC ~ +105ºC or -40ºC ~ +85ºC.

The ECS Inc. International high performance MultiVolt™ oscillators are designed and manufactured to have specific superior characteristics compared to the standard MV. The SMV and MVLC oscillators can operate across the supply voltage of 1.6V ~ 3.6V and on a static supply compatible with 1.8V, 2.5V, 3.0V, and 3.3V. The SMV line offers an industry leading tight stability down to ±5ppm and a frequency range of 8~ 60 MHz. The MVLC line offers an incomparable current draw of 1.5mA and frequency range of 1~75 MHz. The LMV oscillators can operate on a supply of 2.375V ~ 3.6V and on a static supply compatible with 2.5V, 3.0V, and 3.3V. The LMV oscillator offers industry leading jitter of <50pS with an LVDS output. These quartz-based oscillators are ideal for networking and communications, data storage, and battery powered operations.

The MVQ MultiVolt™ oscillators are designed and manufactured for the automotive industry in our IATF 16949 certified factories to AEC-Q200 qualifications. For more on understanding these quality management systems, click here. They are the most flexible automotive grade oscillator available on the market today. These MultiVolt™ oscillators can operate across a 1.7V ~ 3.6V supply voltage and on a static supply compatible with 1.8V, 2.5V, 3.0V, and 3.3V. They are available in industry standard packages with stabilities of ±25ppm, temperature ranges of -40 ~ 125°C and frequencies of 32.768 kHz and 0.72 ~ 160 MHz. These quartz-based automotive grade oscillators offer better jitter and overall better performance than MEMS oscillators at a lower cost.

MultiVolt™ temperature compensated crystal oscillators are available with stabilities of ±2.5ppm for the HCMOS TXO-MV and ±0.5ppm for the clipped sine wave TXO-CSMV. These oscillators can operate across a supply voltage of 1.7V ~ 3.6V and on a static supply compatible with 1.8V, 2.5V, 3.0V, and 3.3V. The HCMOS TXO-MV offers a ±2ppm stability with a frequency range of 10 ~ 60MHz. The clipped sine wave TXO-CSMV offers a ±0.5ppm stability with a frequency range of 10 ~ 52 MHz. These quartz-based oscillators offer low-jitter and low phase noise. MutliVolt™ TCXOs are ideal for GPS, wireless, satellite, IoT, and RF communication applications.

Choosing a MultiVolt™ Oscillator vs. MEMs Oscillator

When designing in any oscillator, it is important to keep in mind a variety of performance characteristics such as jitter, phase noise, stability, and power consumption. Based on these specific characteristics, quartz-based oscillators will have the advantage over MEMS based oscillators. Traditionally, crystal oscillators have a much lower power consumption, consistently better jitter, lower phase noise, and a much more stable frequency over time.

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See below for two case studies from 2020 on MEMS vs. crystal MultiVolt™ oscillators comparing cost and performance advantages.

MEMS vs. Crystal MultiVolt™ Oscillators | Cost and Performance Advantage Case Studies

MEMS vs. Crystal
MultiVolt™ Oscillators

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Cost and Performance Advantage


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MEMS vs. Crystal
MultiVolt™ Oscillators


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Cost and Performance Advantage


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