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Sand 9, Globalfoundries team up for MEMS timing devices

04 Oct 2012

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Sand 9 has collaborated with Globalfoundries for the development of micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) timing devices for various mobile consumer electronics devices. Sand 9's MEMS timing devices claim to offer an alternative with performance and quality improvements over legacy quartz crystal solutions, noted the company.

Sand 9 offers another major advantage over quartz crystals: integration. Unlike existing quartz crystal products, Sand 9's piezoelectric MEMS products can be integrated with semiconductor component devices for applications such as mobile and consumer electronics. Conserving board space is a significant advantage in resource-constrained applications, and it differentiates the company from all other competitors.

Sand 9's timing products are said to be the first MEMS devices that use piezoelectric actuation to achieve the stringent phase noise and short-term stability requirements for wireless and wired applications. Their spurious-free resonator design, in conjunction with a low phase-noise oscillator, enables a low-jitter product, which can reduce packet loss and enhance network efficiency in communications applications. The capability for integration—combined with high immunity to noise, shock and lead-free reflow temperatures—address quartz crystal weaknesses that system designers have been forced to work around for decades.

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