Ceramic Resonator 16MHz

Resonators function like crystals, but are a lower cost solution that does not require external caps.
These resonators are +/-0.5% or better from -20C-+80C. These resonators have built-in load capacitors so no external caps are needed.

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  • mwwalk / about 7 years ago / 2

    I tried this and it worked fine with my breadboard arduino. However, I looked up the datasheet from what is printed on the resonator package and it said it is 30pF capacitance but the ATmega328p datasheet says it needs capacitors of 12-22pF. Is this ok or am I missing something?

    • liudr / about 6 years ago / 1

      This is a good point. Maybe when used on a breadboard, due to high contact capacitance it would work but what if you solder it to a board?

  • arduino1324 / about 13 years ago / 2

    i would recommend this product to everyone !!!
    it's basically a 16MHz crystal with built in capacitors.
    i use this with my atmega328 and it works great!

    • Young Maker / about 13 years ago / 1

      It is like that but has much less tolerance

      • MattTheGeek / about 13 years ago / 1

        i don't think tolerance is a issue.

        • Uhhhh... yes, it is. If you are doing anything time-sensitive, like generating sound, the speed that the code runs at will drift. And the pitch of your sound will go up and down. If you have perfect pitch like me, that can be annoying. BUT if you use a crystal, then the drift will be near zero.

          • Young Maker / about 13 years ago / 1

            yepp. pertty much it. and if you want like super accurate serial, if you need it. or tother prototcols

  • nerdboy64 / about 10 years ago * / 1

    Would a resonator like this work as the timing element in a boost converter (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boost_converter)? I've mostly found pictures online of people using 555 timer circuits, but according to Adafruit's calculator (http://learn.adafruit.com/diy-boost-calc/the-calculator), the higher frequency, not to mention slimmer profile, of something like this would seem to make the converter more efficient.

    EDIT: To be clear, I need a converter with a very high step-up ratio for charging big capacitors.

    • MikeGrusin / about 10 years ago / 1

      Once you buffer the resonator's output with a transistor or logic gate, you can certainly use it as a clock source for many things including a step-up. I'll note that many step-up designs involve some sort of voltage monitoring loop that changes the frequency to keep the output at a given voltage; but if you don't care about the exact voltage coming out you can run it open-loop.

  • If they're "lower cost", why are they the same price as the Xtals? or does "lower cost" mean lower overall cost because you don't need to buy the caps?

    • Klone38 / about 13 years ago / 1

      That's exactly the point. Also i have found more expensive crystals on the market but these seem relatively cheaper. Maybe your just getting a nice deal on crystals at sparkfun.

  • sethborders / about 13 years ago / 1

    The datasheet doesnt seem to have a pinout. How would I connect this?

    • whateverman / about 13 years ago / 2

      The middle pin is the ground; if you're using an atmega328 for example, the right and left pins connect to pins 9 and 10 and middle pin goes to ground.

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