According to the forecast of MarketsandMarkets Analysis, a market analysis agency, the compound growth rate of demand in the global quartz component market from 2014 to 2020 is about 7.8%. In the case of quartz crystal oscillators, although supply in the market this year has slightly exceeded demand, the overall price of products has not changed much, and has basically maintained a steady but declining trend. Market competition is concentrated in the low-frequency crystal oscillator product line. For a long time, European, American and Japanese manufacturers, relying on their early start and solid foundation in the quartz frequency component industry, have been well-known in the market and have a higher market share in the high-end product line. And the rise of quartz crystal oscillator manufacturers in Taiwan has made this market more diversified.
Diversified application requirements
Quartz crystal oscillators can be divided into SPXO standard frequency crystal oscillators, VCXO voltage-controlled frequency crystal oscillators, TCXO temperature compensation crystal oscillators, and OCXO oven-controlled crystal oscillators. In terms of application scope, quartz crystal oscillators have been widely used in consumer, communications, industrial, automotive and other electronic industries, and at this stage, various fields have put forward different requirements for the use of quartz crystal oscillator products.
EPSON (China) Co., Ltd. Electronic Components Marketing and Sales Director Cheng Weimin analyzed in detail: "For example, in the communications industry, with the increase in communication frequency and bandwidth, while the fundamental frequency of quartz crystal oscillators is required to increase, it also emphasizes the importance of quartz crystal oscillators. The phase noise and phase jitter of the crystal oscillator must be reduced to meet the requirements of communication quality. In automotive and industrial applications, they are often faced with harsh working environments such as high temperatures, which raises the reliability of the quartz crystal oscillator. In the field of consumer electronics, in addition to product miniaturization, cost optimization must also be considered to meet the fierce market competition requirements."
In order to realize the miniaturization of the product design, Xingtong Time Frequency Electronics Co., Ltd. has adopted a number of patented technologies, such as the manufacturing method of piezoelectric harmonic components separated after capping, the manufacturing method of time-frequency components, and the photo-engraving corrosion technology to process semiconductors. Technological development of SLAM manufacturing process, effective cost control, and active development of micro-miniaturized quartz products. In the future, the market demand for SMD quartz crystal oscillators will continue to increase. At present, Xingtong Time Frequency Electronics has completed a number of high-precision and miniaturized SMD-type quartz components, such as 2.0x1.6x0.5mm high-precision SMD quartz crystal oscillators and 2.5 x2.0x0.9mm high-precision quartz crystal oscillator, and is moving towards a smaller 1.6x1.2 mm product. In addition, the company has also introduced 7.0x5.0mm and 5.0x3.2mm SMD TCXO temperature-compensated quartz oscillators that are compatible with Stratum 3 and Small cell communication equipment, and the next generation of miniaturized SMD-type VCXO variable voltage control quartz oscillators. Such products can fully supply the needs of the high-speed network and communication equipment market.
As a representative of local suppliers, the technical product manager of Xingtong Time Frequency Electronics Co., Ltd. said that with the design trend of thinner portable electronic equipment, the development of small-size crystal oscillator products requires a variety of products from in-line to patch. size. In addition, for different application environments, crystal oscillator products are also required to meet a wider operating temperature range, such as: -40 to 85 degrees for industrial applications, -40 to 125 degrees for automotive applications, and those for military applications. -55 to 125 degrees. At the same time, the output form of the product should be diversified, among which output modes include SINE, TTL, CMOS, LVPECL, LVDS, HCSL, etc. At present, the minimum product specifications launched by Xingtong Time and Frequency can reach 1610, and 1210 (1.2mm*1.0mm) is also being stepped up in research and development. The current production capacity of Xingtong Time-Frequency is mainly based on quartz crystals and quartz crystal oscillators, which are mainly used in the Internet of Things, smart home, smart security, automotive electronics and other fields.