[time-nuts] Bye-Bye Crystals

Adrian Godwin artgodwin at gmail.com
Mon Mar 13 21:09:01 EDT 2017

I'm not after quality - I do have an application in mind but it doesn't
need to compete with mass production. Just wondering if it's feasible to
make something crude that will resonate.

On 14 Mar 2017 1:00 a.m., "Hal Murray" <hmurray at megapathdsl.net> wrote:

jimlux at earthlink.net said:
> what about cheap crystals for microcontrollers.. I think the Arduino,  for
> instance, uses a crystal (and the oscillator electronics are inside  the
> Atmel part)

I assume you can save a few pennies if you use a raw crystal rather than an
oscillator.  That probably matters in high volume low cost applications.

Atmel has the technology for making oscillators.  That's an analog-ish
on what is mostly a digital chip.  A lot of their chips are low standby
which generally means an older digital process with thicker oxides that
leak as much.  That probably makes analog corners easier, but I'm far from a
wizard at that area.

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