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Title: A fully integrated oven controlled microelectromechanical oscillator – Part II. Characterization and measurement

Our paper reports the measurement and characterization of a fully integrated oven controlled microelectromechanical oscillator (OCMO). The OCMO takes advantage of high thermal isolation and monolithic integration of both aluminum nitride (AlN) micromechanical resonators and electronic circuitry to thermally stabilize or ovenize all the components that comprise an oscillator. Operation at microscale sizes allows implementation of high thermal resistance platform supports that enable thermal stabilization at very low-power levels when compared with the state-of-the-art oven controlled crystal oscillators. A prototype OCMO has been demonstrated with a measured temperature stability of -1.2 ppb/°C, over the commercial temperature range while using tens of milliwatts of supply power and with a volume of 2.3 mm3 (not including the printed circuit board-based thermal control loop). Additionally, due to its small thermal time constant, the thermal compensation loop can maintain stability during fast thermal transients (>10 °C/min). This new technology has resulted in a new paradigm in terms of power, size, and warm up time for high thermal stability oscillators.
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  1. Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
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Journal ID: ISSN 1057-7157; 562129
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Journal Name:
Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 24; Journal Issue: 6; Journal ID: ISSN 1057-7157
Research Org:
Sandia National Laboratories (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
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Country of Publication:
United States
42 ENGINEERING oscillator; alluminum nitride; resonator; oven controlled micro electromechanical oscillator (OCMO); oven controlled crystal oscillator (OCXO); turn over temperature