ATLANTA, 18 June 2008. Vectron International in Hudson, N.H., is introducing the VMEM5Q military clock oscillator, which is based on micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) technology and designed to withstand high levels of shock and vibration.
The clock oscillators use a small, stiff micromechanical resonator and are designed to withstand 100,000 Gs of shock. Vectron announced the product this week at the 2008 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium in Atlanta.
The clock oscillator circuit is for systems designers "who are manufacturing guidance systems for small munitions, projectile electronics, missiles,and high-shock-vibration applications," says Mario Saucedo, director of product development at Vectron.
"The MEMS-based oscillator addresses a strong need for high-shock resistant timing components in the precision-guided-munitions market," adds Greg Smolka, vice president of Vectron's industrial, military, and space business unit.
The VMEM5Q clock oscilator is available from 1 to 130 MHz and operates in temperatures from -40 to 85 degrees Celsius. It operates from a 3.3-volt power supply and can be disabled for board testing. It comes in a 5-by-32-millimeter QFN package.
The oscillator has been qualified, approved, and is in use by a tier-1 military defense contractor in a gun-hardened munitions guidance system, Vectron officials say. For more information contact Vectron online at www.vectron.com.