PORTLAND, Ore. Microelectromechanical system (MEMS) startup Discera Inc. said it is teaming with quartz crystal oscillator maker Vectron International Inc. to develop MEMS oscillators.
Discera (San Jose, Calif.) said it will supply the MEMS resonator while Vectron (Hudson, N.H.) adds an ASIC containing a phase-locked loop (PLL) and conditioning circuitry. The result, the partners said at the Electronica exhibition this week in Munich, Germany, is the first MEMS oscillator from a quartz crystal oscillator maker.
Discera's first product was a pin-for-pin replacement for Epson 8002 quartz crystals, which compete with another MEMS oscillator maker SiTime Corp. (Sunnyvale, Calif.). Both Discera and SiTime are sampling now, but neither has announced a major design win. SiTime did announce last week the availability of a die-only MEMS resonator, its SiT0100, a 5.1-MHz MEMS resonator without associated ASIC and PLL.
The Vectron-Discera alliance will expand MEMS oscillators from quartz crystal compatibility to new product areas such as frequency control, smart sensors, filters and hybrid solutions for commercial, military and space applications.
"We aren't just going to deliver MEMS oscillators to Vectron for them to resell," said Venkat Bahl, Discera's vice president of marketing. "We are going co-develop small new high-precision components that incorporate our MEMS resonators into Vectron's diverse line of timing solutions."
Discera recently partnered with Azzurri Technology Ltd. (Wokingham, U.K.) to distribute MEMS resonator-based timing products in Europe. Discera previously announced distribution agreements with Korean distributor MJL Technology Inc. and Asian distributor Excelpoint.