Having 100ppm accuracy and less than 457 femtosecond phase jitter along with greater immunity to stray electrical fields and protection against changes in the environment, such as humidity, the IDT3C02 looks to be the best CMOS based oscillator available, isn't it?
Wow, this is really cool. So we will not see those bulky oscillators when we open our digital watches :). Overall the spec is pretty gud and is comparable to the conventional oscillators available in the market.
Thanks Kris. I will visit that site. This is a veyr interesting development indeed. It will be a relief to many board designers, no extra routing if its going to sit on ASIC. But I would love to know if the performance remains same as in conventional designs.
This is a rather odd comment from Timing Guy. First, I've seen one of IDT's talks and they use a massively parallel test to trim every single device so yield should be in the high nineties in terms of percentage. They certainly don't "throw" anything away other than typical semiconductor yield loss due to defect density which should be very small with such a small die. Second, and assuming I am understanding correctly, by offering the die product, they are selling directly against passive resonators. That ASP is probably around $0.10 or less. Interestingly, that suggests that the CMOS oscillator is much lower cost than commoditized quartz. It seems like a real threat to quartz to finally make the function in standard silicon.
Forever is a long time Timing Guy. Not too many years ago it was a given that a good radio receiver required a SAW filter. But since the SAW couldn't be integrated in silicon, clever engineers found a way to design it out in many applications. Never say never...
Lots of people have integrated high frequency LC oscillators on CMOS SoCs, so in reality the noise problems are not such an insurmountable barrier to integration.
But IDT is not in the SoC business and is not offering this as an IP block for others to integrate -- hence, the discussion in the article about IDT selling bare die so you can do stacked die in one package.
Either way, you achieve ths same result -- eliminating the quartz crystal -- which is the whole point. IDT has taken this nicely compensated LC oscillator plus dividers and built it as a stand-alone chip that targets quartz oscillator replacement for clock frequencies up to 133 MHz -- a clever marketing approach that could be very successful for them.
I do think, however, that the article title is somewhat misleading. "beat quartz" are not the words I would use to describe an oscillator that is "almost as accurate as quartz."
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