Microchip Unveils MEMS Clock Generator With up to 3 Outputs


Microchip’s MEMS clock generator with wide frequency range, reduces board space by 80 percent by replacing up to three crystals/oscillators

Demand for compact and portable IoT electronics devices is accelerating, and product designers need a solution that has less application size and extended battery life. The timing devices are the main operating components in IoT devices, but they need multiple components to meet frequency requirements which increases the board space and power consumption. To resolve these design challenges, Microchip Technology has launched small MEMS clock generator.

Reduces Space Consumption


Nowadays, system designers place multiple crystals/oscillators or use clock generator with an external crystal for reference input on a board, to meet the range of frequencies needed in smart devices. But this new MEMS clock generator of DSC613 family can reduce space by 80 percent by replacing up to three crystals and oscillators on a board.

Power Saving

The DSC613 family integrates a MEMS resonator and two low-power Phase-Locked Loops (PLLs) into a 6-pin DFN package as small as 1.6 mm x 1.2 mm. The two PLLs with AnyRate clock synthesisers, enables the device to generate any frequency between 2 kHz and 100 Mhz and also supports up to three clock outputs. So, at approximately five milliamps (mA) power consumption with three outputs running, the family provides up to 45 percent power savings when compared to a solution that uses three low-power quartz oscillators. For additional power savings, the clock output can be turned off through the output enable pin. And this feature makes this device ideal for microcontroller-based embedded systems

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Some additional features of DSC613 family

  • Supports 3 LVCMOS clock outputs from 2kHz to 100MHz
  • Integrated MEMS resonator eliminates the need of external crystal
  • Low power consumption: 5.2mA active, 1 µA standby current
  • Wide supply voltage range: 1.71V -3.63V
  • Ultra-small package size: 1.6mm x 1.2mm, 2.0mm x 1.6mm, 2.5mm x 2.0mm
  • High frequency stability: ±20ppm, ±25ppm, ±50ppm
  • Supports wide temperature range: -40 to +125ºC
  • Flexible control functions: Output Enable, Standby, SLEEP, Frequency Select, SpreadSpectrum Enable
  • Supports 3 output drive strength and Spread Spectrum clock for EMI reduction
  • Excellent shock and vibration immunity
  • High reliability
  • Lead free and RoHS compliant
  • AEC-Q100 automotive grade available


The DSC613 family supports compact devices that require low-power operation because of their compact package size and extensive frequency flexibility. Some of its applications are:

  • Digital cameras
  • Smart speakers
  • Virtual Reality (VR) headsets
  • Streaming sticks
  • Set-top boxes

MEMS products are built entirely with standard semiconductor processes, providing the same reliability and stability as integrated circuits, and the devices support up to -40 to +125 degrees Celsius temperature range with a stability of ± 20ppm.

Development Tools

The DSC613 family is supported by Microchip’s ClockWorks online configurator tool.

Clock configuration includes output frequency, control pin function, package size, PPM accuracy and temperature range. Up to three output drive strengths are available based on the custom board loading condition. Spread-spectrum clocks are also available for EMI reduction. Application support, including board layout guidelines and schematics review, is also available.


The DSC613 family is available now for sampling and in volume production.

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“Microchip is the only one-stop-shop timing supplier that offers network synchronisation, clock generation and buffer, as well as MEMS, crystal and SAW-based oscillators ranging in frequencies from kHz up to GHz,” said Rami Kanama, vice president of Microchip’s timing and communications business unit. “As the latest addition to an already-extensive MEMS timing offering, the DSC613 clock generation family provides a true single-chip timing solution to MCU-based systems, making it a great clock companion to Microchip’s MCU and MPU devices.”



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