APPLICATION NOTE 5545

MEMS Technology Provides Tangible Benefits for Real-Time Clocks

By: Paul Nunn

Abstract: This application note explores the benefits of MEMS (microelectromechanical systems) technology over standard crystal technology in accurate real-time clocks (RTCs).The most obvious advantage is size. Other areas where MEMS technology is superior—CMOS process and development, manufacturing and assembly, and environmental ruggedness—are also discussed.