Do you already know the similarity between a quartz blank and a pillow? Exactly! Both have the same shape. The so-called “bevelling” or “contouring” in the production process of quartz blanks results in the characteristic lens shape of quartz blanks. “This procedure is mainly used for ‘thicker’ blanks, which are in the low frequency range,

What you always wanted to know about quartz crystals, but didn’t dare ask until now … – Why does a quartz crystal have to be hermetically sealed? At the end of the complex production of a quartz, or rather the small quartz disc, the quartz blank, it has to be mounted in a housing that

A blender in a kitchen

“If Apple made a blender, this would be it” – the British-American online news portal Mashable nailed it. When it comes to aesthetics and product design, the blender “Millo”, created by the Lithuanian start-up Millo Appliances, is very close to the great idol from Cupertino. Besides its award-winning design, the technology behind “Millo” is particularly

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TCXO: How it works and why

A TCXO is a temperature-compensated crystal oscillator that is used whenever particularly high stability within a variant temperature environment is required, i.e. when the frequency deviation of the oscillator must be minimal over its entire operating temperature range. Oscillators using AT quartz crystal plates, so called “blanks”, are the most economical solution to create a

The boom of quartz watches in the 70s has shown: When it comes to precise time recording, there is nothing better than quartz crystals! This is no different today. Frequency control products with the characteristic frequency of 32.768 kHz can be found in almost all applications with integrated time measurement, e.g. laptops, mobile phones or

Two men analyze an electronic circuit

Many engineers do not spend much thought on quartz crystals while designing their oscillator circuit. For them, it is a standard feature that will work anyway. In fact, it’s not that simple. The oscillator circuit sets the heartbeat of the application and requires a careful matching between the quartz crystal and its other components. Otherwise

Man with fishing pole in the harbour

Fishing is one of the most relaxed hobbies you can imagine. Just cast out your line and hope a fish will take the hook. Sometimes however, the angler’s patience is not rewarded and he has to return home without having caught anything. If you want to avoid this disappointment and don’t want to rely on

Nahaufnahme aus der industriellen Produktion von SMD-Quarzen

A fast and smooth data transmission is critical in today’s world. Network and server systems are designed to process and forward information at lightning fast speeds. To achieve this, many of these applications depend on frequencies in the three-digit megahertz (MHz) range. Such high frequencies cannot be generated with an AT-crystal in the fundamental tone.

Natur-Quartz vor dunklem Hintergrund

Whether medical technology, telecommunications or consumer electronics, quartz crystals have established themselves as a precise frequency generator in all industries. When energized, the thin quartz disc oscillates at a steady rate and thus determines the heartbeat of the application. While this sounds simple, the matter is quite complex because quartz blanks are not all the

Smartwatch on a young woman's wrist

Right at the beginning of this article I have to make a confession: When I joined Jauch’s marketing team almost five months ago, I didn’t have the slightest idea about frequency components. I didn’t know what a quartz was, what it looked like or how it differed from an oscillator. Of course, this has now