Abracon MEMS ASTM Series for Microcontrollers and FPGAs

By Sarah RonkoskeSeptember 26, 2017

The accelerated advancement of smart technologies and robust networking has increased the demand for top-notch Micro-Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMs) among original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Wearable devices, Internet of Things (IoT), smart lighting systems and industrial networking systems are in high demand. OEMs, therefore, must shorten the time-to-market of their products to survive in this competitive environment. Ready-to-use MEMS that helps with ultra performance (UP) output, low power (LP) control and high temperature (HT) monitoring are instrumental in this context.

The ASTM series of MEMS, introduced by Abracon, is aimed at simplifying OEMs challenges. The company’s product portfolio contains an array of MEMS that can be readily be used in microcontroller units (MCUs) and field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), the essential components for today’s smart applications and industrial and networking systems.

Key Features of Abracon ASTM Series

To facilitate the OEMs’ effort in developing applications with UP output, such as industrial, cloud computing and networking, Abracon offers ASTUMPC with extremely low RMS of 0.6ps. It also features 625MHz of low-voltage differential signaling (LVDS)/ low-voltage positive/pseudo emitter-coupled logic (LVPECL). Thanks to these features, by using ASTUMPC in UP generating applications, OEMs will be able to offer their customers best-in-class performance reliability with minimal phase jitter.

For low power and high temperature monitoring purposes, Abracon has developed ASTMLP and ASTMHT MEMS. ASTMLP features the ability to deliver less than 5mA current to the system clocks, which in turn ensures resistance against frequent voltage fluctuations within the system. ASTMHT, on the other hand, plays a key role in stabilizing system performance within extreme temperature ranges, such as -40 to +105°C, -40 to +125°C, and -55 to +125°C. Owing to their high efficiently in guaranteeing system stability in dynamic voltage and temperature environments, these MEMS can be reliably used in FPGAs, CPUs, system clocks, memory, IoT devices, smart lighting systems and Industrial IoT (IIoT) devices, among others.

The development of MEMS for wearables and smart watches requires expertise in product miniaturization without compromising their efficiency. Abracon’s proprietary range of ready-to-use watch-MEMs, featuring 32.768 kHz oscillators allow OEMs in producing miniaturized, consumer-focused products with superior performance. Based on their product development needs, OEMs can choose between ASTMKJ, ASTMK and ASTMTXK.

While each of these items feature the same frequency range of 32.768 kHz, in terms of form factor and parts per million (PPM) stability they differ from one another. ASTMKJ, for instance, comes with 1.54 x 0.84 mm package size, whereas ASTMK comes in two varieties, namely 2.0 x 1.2mm or 1.54 x 0.84mm. ASTMTXK comes in 1.54 x 0.84 mm package size, while it offers ±5PPM stability. Each of these products is proven to deliver high-quality performance output within a dynamic temperature range of -40°C to +85°C.

For more information and product queries about Abracon ASTM Series, please contact Sarah Ronkoske, WPGA Product Specialist.