Dilshan Jayakody writes: This is simple Colpitts oscillator to test commonly available passive crystals which range between 2MHz to 27MHz. This unit must connect to an oscilloscope and/or frequency counter to get the frequency of the crystal. This circuit is design to work around 9V to 12V DC power source. Both 2SC930 transistors can replace […]
Matseng started a challenge for himself where he intends to post a PCB project a week. The first project is “NanoUtils Xtal” – a crystal oscillator breakout board. The board is designed to be interfaced with microcontrollers that have their oscillator pins next to a ground pin. This board is a breakout containing a SMD […]
Every Wednesday we highlight a component from the updated Dangerous Prototypes partlist. This week: clock sources. As always, there are footprints for all these parts and more in our public domain Cadsoft Eagle part library. In our workshop the first rule of crystal selection is ‘use a surface mount HC-49/US package if it will fit’. […]
Crystal oscillators generate pretty accurate frequencies, but the output varies a bit depending on the operating temperature. The crystal oven heats a crystal to a constant temperature to get the most accurate and consistent frequency possible. Via Hack a Day.