Microchip Introduces the Industry’s Smallest Package and Lowest Power MEMS Oscillators in DSC6000 Family

mc1344-mems-oscillator-hiMicrochip announces the availability of the DSC6000 family of Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) oscillators.  The new family is the industry’s smallest MEMS MHz oscillator with the lowest power consumption over full frequency range of 2 KHz to 100MHz.

Key Facts:

  • MEMS oscillators provide semiconductor-grade reliability and superb frequency stability over a wide temperature range
  • Clock reference applications include wearables, IoT and under-bonnet automotive products
  • Less than half the current consumption of the lowest-power quartz-based oscillators
  • Withstands x500 more shock and x5 more vibration than a quartz oscillator

The single-output DSC6000 MEMS oscillators are excellent choices for use as clock references in small, battery-powered devices such as wearables and Internet of Things (IoT) devices in which small size, low power consumption, and long-term reliability are paramount. They also meet the stringent mechanical durability and reliability requirements within Automotive Electronics Council standard Q100 (AEC-Q100), so they are also well suited for under-bonnet applications.

Microchip’s DSC6000 oscillators are housed in industry standard 4-pin DFN packages ranging from as small as 1.6 x 1.2 mm up to 7 x 5 mm, and consume just 1.3 mA (typical), less than half the current consumption of the lowest-power quartz-based oscillators. They also have a maximum operating temperature range of -40o C to +85o C and +/-25 ppm maximum drift over this range. They can sustain 500 times more shock and five times more vibration than a quartz oscillator, ensuring rock-solid stability in most operating environments.

Microchip’s ClockWorks® online configuration tool allows designers to easily select the right oscillator in terms of frequency, package size, ppm and temperature range and then request complimentary samples of that oscillator through the same tool. The TimeFlash field programming kit provides instant frequency generation by fusing the One-Time Programmable (OTP) memory in a blank DSC6000 part that can be ordered separately.

To facilitate evaluation and development, Microchip’s ClockWorks Configurator is available online at Microchip’s TimeFlash Field Programming Kit that supports the DSC6000 family is available at, priced between $130 to $350. Evaluation boards programmed to customer specifications are available upon request.