January 26, 2009: SiTime Corp., which develops MEMS-based silicon timing solutions, has introduced a new family of programmable oscillators that are designed to extend battery life in portable and consumer electronics by delivering what the company called the industry’s lowest power consumption and fastest start-up time.
SiTime said in a news release that the new devices are highly programmable — with frequencies, voltages and tolerances that can be configured easily — enabling shipment of customized samples in 24 hours and production quantities in two weeks. The oscillator packages have standard footprints and can be used as drop-in replacements for quartz devices, the company said.
“SiTime has sparked a major shift in the timing market by replacing decades-old quartz crystal technology with programmable, MEMS-based semiconductor products,” said Rajesh Vashist, SiTime’s CEO.
The first three solutions in this product family include: SiT8003, a low power programmable oscillator; SiT8003XT, a thin programmable oscillator at 0.25mm; and SiT8033, a two-frequency, low-power programmable oscillator.