There's been a lot of justifiable interest in silicon- and MEMS-based oscillators, in place of the venerable quartz-crystal structure. But the reality is that the quartz oscillator embodiment is still dominant by far, for many reasons, and will likely remain so in many applications.
One issue that affects all electromechanical oscillator designs, to some extent, is vibration. This article examines the effects of various types of vibration on quartz crystals, in the context of their construction, internal mounting, packaging, and other factors.
The article, which originally appeared in EE Times (Europe), is presented in pdf form (no registration required). To read it, click here.
About the author
Chris Emmerson (firstname.lastname@example.org) is Business Development Manager, Precision Devices UK (http://www.pdixtal.com )