EM Microelectronic Announces Very Low-Power Crystal Oscillator IC

EM Microelectronic Announces Very Low-Power Crystal Oscillator IC

The EM7604 Uses Ten Times Less Power Than Comparable Circuits

MARIN, Switzerland — EM Microelectronic, an electronic systems company of the Swatch Group, introduces the EM7604, a low-power CMOS crystal oscillator circuit. The EM7604 is intended to be used with a 32.768 kHz tuning fork crystal as a low frequency clock oscillator – with no other external components required. The IC is also available as the EM1564, which combines the oscillator circuit with a tuning fork crystal in a single, very low footprint ceramic package.

The EM7604 is ideal for precision time references in real time clocks, timekeeping in network servers and computers, in mobile phones and as an improved alternative to embedded quartz oscillators. The IC also works well for metering electricity, gas and water. The small size and efficiency of the EM7604 makes it a perfect fit as a general purpose clock oscillator circuit for digital systems and in portable field communication applications.

“The EM7604 uses up to ten times less power than similar circuits from the competition,” says Mougahed Darwish, president of the management board of EM Microelectronic. “This ultra-low power circuit can be operated with a supply voltage ranging from 1.2V to 5.5V and power consumption as low as 250nA. Additionally, the on-chip integrated oscillation capacitor provides excellent oscillator stability and tight frequency tolerance at an extended temperature range of up to 125xC.”

The circuit is available in a small SOT23-6 package and is matched with low-cost SMD quartz available from Micro Crystal, and is also compatible to crystals with high series resistance.

Combined product

The already announced EM1564 – containing the EM7604 combined with a 32.768 kHz tuning fork crystal in a specially designed package – is a result of the joint effort of Micro Crystal and EM Microelectronic, two companies of the Swatch Group Electronic Systems (SGES). The EM1564 package can replace standard quartz as a solution to limitations of miniaturization. It is also a convenient solution when application difficulties arise with quartz or on-chip embedded oscillators.


The EM7604 circuit is available in the SOT23-6 package from EM Microelectronic and its authorized distributors. More information about this circuit is available at http://www.emmicroelectronic.com/Products.asp?IdProduct=237

EM Microelectronic

EM Microelectronic is a semiconductor manufacturer that designs and produces ultra-low-power, low-voltage, digital, analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits for battery-operated and field-powered devices in consumer, automotive and industrial applications. The company’s product portfolio includes RFID circuits, ultra-low-power microcontrollers, voltage reset IC and microcontroller supervisory IC supervisor, watchdog, regulator, smart card ICs, LCD drivers and displays, sensor and optoelectronic ICs, mixed analog and digital gate arrays and application-specific integrated circuits. EM also produces LCD modules and offers bumping services.

EM Microelectronic is one the electronic systems companies within the Swatch Group, producing and assembling ultra-low power, miniaturized and accurate microelectronic components and systems. Additional company and product information is available at www.emmicroelectronic.com.

Editor’s Note:

Pricing for the EM7604 starts at $1.00 each in quantities of 1,000 pieces. (PLEASE DO NOT PUBLISH PRICE INFORMATION.)

Photography of the EM7604 is available at:

http://www.emmicroelectronic.com/webfiles/Press/downloads/EM7604/ index.html

Product fact sheet and datasheet for the EM7604 are available at:

http://www.emmicroelectronic.com/webfiles/product/other/EM7604_FS. pdf

http://www.emmicroelectronic.com/webfiles/product/other/EM7604_DS. pdf

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Please send business inquiries to:

United States:

Marketing Communications Department, EM Microelectronic-US, 5475 Mark Dabling Blvd. Suite 200, Colorado Springs, CO 80918, or info@emmicroelectronic.com.

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