Quartz vs. MEMS Oscillator Performance

When the discussion of oscillators comes up, the same question will arise. What is the choice for performance in critical applications, MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) or quartz-based oscillators? MEMS-based oscillators have been available on the market since 2005. In the last 15+ years, a handful of companies have developed MEMS-based oscillators. Today, only a few remain and the leading MEMS-based oscillator manufacturer accounts for around 1% of the total timing market. Many frequency control manufacturers private label from both companies, with the exception of ECS who does not see any value in the practice.

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