Low-Frequency, Spread-Spectrum EconOscillator

Industry's Only Spread-Spectrum Resistor-Programmable Oscillator

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The DS1090 is a low-cost, dithered oscillator intended to be used as an external clock for switched-mode power supplies and other low-frequency applications. The dithering or sweeping function reduces peak-radiated emissions from the power supply at its fundamental frequency, as well as harmonic frequencies. The device consists of a resistor-programmed master oscillator, factory-programmed clock prescaler, and a pin-programmed dither circuit. These features allow the DS1090 to be used in applications where a spread-spectrum clock is desired to reduce radiated emissions. A combination of factory-set prescalers and external resistor allows for output frequencies ranging from 125kHz to 8MHz. Both dither frequency and dither percentage are set using control pins.
DS1090: Typical Operating Circuit DS1090: Typical Operating Circuit Enlarge+

Key Features

  • Low-Cost, Spread-Spectrum EconOscillator™
  • Simple User Programming
  • Output Frequency Programmable from 125kHz to 8MHz
  • Dither Percentage Programmable from 0% to 8%
  • Dither Rate Programmable (fMOSC / 512, 1024, 2048, or 4096)
  • 3.0V to 5.5V Single-Supply Operation
  • CMOS/TTL-Compatible Output
  • Operating Temperature Range: -40°C to +85°C


  • Embedded Microcontrollers
  • Industrial Controls
  • Printers
  • Servers
  • Switch-Mode Power Supplies

See parametric specs for Silicon Oscillators (17)

Part NumberfOUT
User Prog. fOUTSpread SpectrumVCC
Reset OutOper. Temp.
maxminmaxSee Notes
DS1090 8125±2.5 (-40 to +85°C)External ResistorsYes3.0 to 5.5No-40 to +85
$0.87 @1k

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Product Reliability Reports: DS1090.pdf 
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