Attention: open in a new window. Print

fp7 mac-tfc

MEMS Atomic Clocks for Timing, Frequency Control & Communications. Atomic clocks provide enhanced accuracy, stability, and timing precision compared to quartz-based technologies. However, the size and power consumption of existing atomic clocks far exceeds those of quartz-based clocks, preventing their deployment in portable applications. MEMS technology, with its ability to shrink mechanical features and mechanisms down to micron scales, already provides substantial size and power reduction for applications spanning wireless communications, sensors, and fluidic systems, and is now emerging to provide similar advantages for frequency and timing references.