In the world of electronic gadgets, there is a common thread that connects them all – a need for stable and accurate clocks. The integrated circuits in these gadgets need a stable, repetitive, and accurate clock signal that works as their heartbeat. Clock signals have been derived from quartz-based circuits for almost a century. Quartz is abundant in the Earth’s crust. Its piezoelectric properties (the ability to produce an electric charge when under mechanical stress) make quartz crystals operate like tiny metronomes and thus very suitable for clock signal generation.
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