Electronics & Computers

IDT Announces Piezoelectric MEMS Oscillators

December 1, 2011

The devices take advantage of the pMEMS resonator’s high native frequencies, providing an alternative to traditional quartz-based oscillators in any application.

SAN JOSE, CA /BUSINESS WIRE/ -- Integrated Device Technology Inc. (IDT), the Analog and Digital Company delivering essential mixed-signal semiconductor solutions, announced that it has developed and demonstrated the "world's first commercially available oscillators incorporating piezoelectric microelectromechanical system (pMEMS) resonators." IDT's oscillators take advantage of the pMEMS resonator's high native frequencies, making them well suited to replace traditional quartz-based oscillators in any application.

IDT's pMEMS resonator technology combines the strong electromechanical coupling of the piezoelectric material with the stability and low damping of single crystal silicon to create a passive frequency source of unparalleled performance and reliability. The devices are ideal for cloud computing designs requiring high reliability and resistance to shock and vibration, consumer applications requiring multiple outputs, and communications and networking equipment that need low-phase jitter.

"As the leader in silicon timing solutions, MEMS is a natural step forward in further broadening our product offerings. It addresses the $3 billion quartz replacement market and complements our industry-leading CrystalFree CMOS oscillator products," said Ted Tewksbury, Ph.D., President and CEO of IDT. "IDT's piezoelectric MEMS technology is a culmination of internal development, with over 40 patents granted or filed to date. The MEMS timing market is expected to grow rapidly over the next several years, and we plan to garner a large share with our superior technology and strong value proposition."

"MEMS timing has been gaining market share against quartz oscillators and crystals, extending its reach from consumer devices to telecom infrastructure and hard disk drives. And at an impressive 72.3% CAGR, revenue will grow from $13.5 million in 2010 to $205 million in 2015," said Jeremie Bouchaud, Director and Principal Analyst for MEMS and Sensors at IHS iSuppli.

Not visible to the naked eye, IDT's passive pMEMS resonator is the "world's smallest hermetically sealed wafer-level package resonator," making it a fitting replacement for larger quartz-based resonators. IDT's pMEMS oscillators will incorporate this resonator technology in industry-standard pin- and function-compatible plastic packages, increasing system design flexibility and improving time to market versus crystal oscillators.

IDT is currently demonstrating and sampling pMEMS oscillators to qualified customers only. For more information about IDT's pMEMS solutions, visit the company's Web site.

About IDT
Integrated Device Technology Inc., the Analog and Digital Company, develops system-level solutions that optimize its customers' applications. IDT uses its market leadership in timing, serial switching, and interfaces, and adds analog and system expertise to provide complete application-optimized, mixed-signal solutions for the communications, computing, and consumer segments. Headquartered in San Jose, CA, IDT has design, manufacturing, and sales facilities throughout the world. Follow IDT on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube.

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