Crystals, Oscillators & Resonators

Ensure accurate timing and frequency control in your circuits with our selection of crystals, oscillators, and resonators. Whether you need a simple quartz crystal for clock generation or a precision oscillator for frequency synthesis, we have options to meet your requirements. Our crystals and oscillators are available in various frequencies, package sizes, and stability grades to suit different applications. Whether you’re designing consumer electronics, telecommunications equipment, or test and measurement instruments, our components deliver precise timing and reliable performance.

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Crystals and Resonator


Types of crystals, oscillators, and resonators

  1. Quartz Crystals: Quartz crystals are widely used in electronic circuits as timing elements to provide accurate and stable clock signals.

  2. Crystal Oscillators: Crystal oscillators use a quartz crystal resonator to generate a stable and precise frequency signal. They come in various types including:

    • XO (Crystal Oscillator): Standard crystal oscillators used in a wide range of applications.
    • TCXO (Temperature-Compensated Crystal Oscillator): Crystal oscillators with temperature compensation to maintain frequency stability over temperature variations.
    • OCXO (Oven-Controlled Crystal Oscillator): Crystal oscillators with an internal oven to maintain a constant temperature for improved frequency stability.
    • VCXO (Voltage-Controlled Crystal Oscillator): Crystal oscillators with a voltage input to adjust the oscillation frequency.
    • MCXO (Microcontroller-Compensated Crystal Oscillator): Crystal oscillators with built-in compensation circuits to improve frequency stability.
    • DCXO (Digitally-Controlled Crystal Oscillator): Crystal oscillators with digital control interfaces for precise frequency adjustment.
    • SAW Oscillators (Surface Acoustic Wave Oscillators): Oscillators that use surface acoustic wave technology for frequency generation, commonly used in RF applications.
  3. Resonators:

    • Ceramic Resonators: Ceramic resonators are compact components used as alternatives to quartz crystals in applications where cost and size are critical factors.
    • SAW Resonators (Surface Acoustic Wave Resonators): Resonators that utilize surface acoustic wave technology for frequency stabilization, commonly used in RF and wireless communication systems.
  4. MEMS Oscillators (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems): Oscillators that use MEMS technology to generate precise clock signals, offering small size, low power consumption, and high shock resistance.

  5. LC Resonant Circuits: LC (Inductor-Capacitor) resonant circuits are passive electronic circuits consisting of an inductor and a capacitor, used in radio frequency applications for tuning and filtering.

  6. Tunable Filters and Resonators: Filters and resonators with tunable frequency characteristics, allowing for adjustable frequency responses in communication and signal processing systems.

  7. Dielectric Resonators: Ceramic or crystalline structures used as resonant elements in microwave circuits, antennas, and filters.

  8. Bulk Acoustic Wave (BAW) Resonators: Resonators that utilize bulk acoustic waves for frequency stabilization, commonly used in high-frequency communication systems and RF filters.

  9. Piezoelectric Resonators: Resonators that utilize the piezoelectric effect to generate mechanical vibrations at specific frequencies, commonly used in sensors and frequency control applications.

  10. Crystal Filters: Filters that use quartz crystals as resonant elements to selectively pass or reject specific frequency bands, commonly used in communication and signal processing applications.


  1. Epson
  2. Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
  3. Kyocera Corporation
  4. NDK (Nihon Dempa Kogyo Co., Ltd.)
  5. Abracon
  6. Crystek Corporation
  7. IQD Frequency Products
  8. SiTime Corporation
  9. Rakon Limited
  10. Vectron International
  11. TXC Corporation
  12. Fox Electronics
  13. Citizen Electronics Co., Ltd.
  14. Vishay Intertechnology
  15. Raltron Electronics Corporation
  16. Euroquartz
  17. Golledge Electronics Ltd.
  18. ECS Inc. International
  19. Pletronics
  20. Connor-Winfield Corporation

Crystals, Oscillators & Resonators FAQs

Crystals, oscillators, and resonators are commonly used in timing, frequency control, and clock generation applications in electronic devices.

Consider factors like frequency stability, load capacitance, and operating temperature range when selecting a crystal for your project.

A crystal is a passive component that provides a stable frequency reference, while an oscillator is an active circuit that generates a periodic waveform.

Resonators can be used as an alternative to crystals in some applications, but they generally offer lower precision and stability.

Crystal oscillators typically have a lifespan of 10 to 20 years, depending on operating conditions and usage.

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