Founded in 2007 in Cambridge, MA, Sand 9 is the technology leader in precision MEMS timing. Targeting a $4+B market opportunity with its piezoelectric MEMS products—which clock wireless and wired systems in mobile, low power wireless, communications infrastructure, industrial and military markets—Sand 9 outperforms both legacy quartz timing devices and other MEMS-based solutions. Sand 9’s MEMS timing products enhance quality and performance, simplify system design, and promote space and power savings in integrated electronic systems.
January 31, 2014
Quartz-based timing devices are the traditional, long-established components used to provide critical clocking signals in all electronic systems. It’s a mature technology, with a track record extending back over 60 years. As such, it’s normal to assume that there will be many credible vendors, numerous sourcing options, and fairly few technical surprises. However, this is not always the case.
December 04, 2013
Sand 9 Inc. unveiled the TM651, the world’s first high-precision temperature compensated MEMS oscillator (TCMO) to meet the noise and stability demands of communication, industrial and military applications. It is the first MEMS oscillator to challenge high-precision temperature compensated crystal oscillators (TCXOs).
November 08, 2013
Sand 9’s MEMS resonators are fundamental frequency resonators. Operating at the fundamental frequency simplifies the design of higher frequency oscillators. Another advantage of Sand 9’s MEMS process is that all frequencies, low and high, are implemented in very small resonator geometries. The current wafer level package is ¼ the size of the smallest quartz package.
September 13, 2013
Sand 9′s MEMS technology can be used to make Voltage Controlled MEMS Oscillators (VCMOs). The VCMO would offer several advantages over quartz: e.g., low phase noise, high fundamental frequency, vibration immunity and package integration. The higher fundamental frequency would enable lower noise frequency synthesizers, benefiting performance-demanding applications. The high fundamental frequency is especially useful when […]
An overview of the differences between electrostatic and piezoelectric MEMS timing devices, which are competing to displace quartz.
Sand 9′s CEO, Vincent Graziani, discusses how the company’s MEMS resonator technology can help drive innovation and progress in electronics across many different industries.