ICs need no caps linear Tech timer and oscillator


The LTC®6990 is a precision silicon oscillator with a programmable frequency range of 488Hz to 2MHz. It can be used as a fixed-frequency or voltage-controlled oscillator (VCO). The LTC6990 is part of the TimerBlox® family of versatile silicon timing devices.

A single resistor, RSET, programs the LTC6990’s internal master oscillator frequency. The output frequency is determined by this master oscillator and an internal frequency divider, NDIV, programmable to eight settings from 1 to 128.


  • Low Cost Precision Programmable Oscillator
  • Voltage-Controlled Oscillator
  • High Vibration, High Acceleration Environments
  • Replacement for Fixed Crystal and Ceramic Oscillators
  • Portable and Battery-Powered Equipment


  • Fixed-Frequency or Voltage-Controlled Operation
    – Fixed: Single Resistor Programs Frequency with <1.5% Max Error
    – VCO: Two Resistors Set VCO Center Frequency and Tuning Range
  • Frequency Range: 488Hz to 2MHz
  • 2.25V to 5.5V Single-Supply Operation
  • 72μA Supply Current at 100kHz
  • 500μs Start-Up Time
  • VCO Bandwidth >300kHz at 1MHz
  • CMOS Logic Output Sources/Sinks 20mA
  • 50% Duty Cycle Square Wave Output
  • Output Enable (Selectable Low or Hi-Z When Disabled)
  • –55°C to 125°C Operating Temperature Range
  • Available in Low Profile (1mm) SOT-23 (ThinSOT™) and 2mm × 3mm DFN Package

ICs need no caps linear Tech timer and oscillator

Linear Technology has released a set of simple small timing ICs, including: a voltage-controlled oscillator, a low frequency oscillator, four pulse width modulated oscillators, four monostable pulse generators and two delays.

Called TimerBlox, they are based around silicon oscillators and share a common pin-out.

“Like all Linear Technology silicon oscillators, TimerBlox devices are solid state and can be operated under high acceleration, vibration and temperature extremes,” claimed the firm. “They ensure accuracy and stability at a much higher level than typical resistor-capacitor-based oscillators.”

Each part can operate over a range of frequency or time, and is programmed with one to three resistors (scroll down).

For example, the VCO frequency range is 488Hz to 2MHz, 29µHz (9.5hr period) is the slowest output from the low frequency oscillator, and the timers run from 1µs to 34s.

“They eliminate the complexity of software programming and circuit design, while providing good accuracy, low power and a small footprint,” said Erik Soule, general manager at Linear Tech.

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