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Silicon Labs integrates oscillator on standard CMOS chip

6/26/2013 04:24 PM EDT
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arno_x
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arno_x   6/27/2013 9:57:09 AM
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Very nice.

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robertthegreat   6/27/2013 6:27:16 PM
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Anyone heard of www.sitime.com ?

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elepkowski   6/27/2013 8:49:49 PM
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Amen on the SiTime comment. www.sitime.com will help those who have an interest!

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Duane Benson   6/28/2013 3:57:32 AM
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The 2mm x 2.5mm size is nice. It's disappointing how large a lot of the current oscillators are compared to the tiny chips around them. Sometimes the oscillator is bigger than the MCU. My next question is, when can I get these integrated with the MCU on the same dice?

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vasanth kumar d   6/28/2013 5:49:13 AM
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I dont think it will take too long to integrate these within microcontrollers, except for cost reasons.

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KarlFredrik   6/28/2013 8:43:59 AM
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SiTime mentioned above is selling oscillators that can be embedded in the same package as the microcontroller. I would say that's the way to go. I wonder how SiLabs compares to the competition? Personally, I tend to favor MEMS platforms based on SOI that are DRIE:d into the structures. Mostly due to the simplicity and the use of monocrystalline Si. SiLabs deposit a pretty thick layer of poly-SiGe (SiGe can be deposited at pretty low temperatures which is critical if CMOS-wafers are the substrate that is deposited) that is formed into the resonator structure. Guess in the end it's a question about the yield of the processes.

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