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Nuts & Volts Magazine (August 2010)

Crystal Clock Oscillators: The Heart of All Communications Products

By Louis E. Frenzel    View In Digital Edition  


If you look inside any electronic product today, there are a few circuits and components that are common to all of them. For example, every product contains at least one microcontroller that runs it. Another circuit that you will see — especially in communications products — is a crystal oscillator or clock. This circuit generates precise timing signals that control everything else — including that microcontroller. In communications gear like radios, that crystal is the source of the exact opera

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