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October 7, 2009
Vectron Announces Enhancements to the World's Smallest Space Qualified Clock with Swept Quartz

New Crystal Development for HI–RELiability Space Applications Enables Leading Satellite Manufacturers to Reduce Payload Costs, Offers Added Reliability

MOUNT HOLLY SPRINGS, PA - Vectron International, a leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of Frequency Control, Sensor, and Hybrid Product solutions, today announced enhancements to its existing "Model 1118" family of HI–REL clock oscillators with Swept Quartz. Based on today's specific market needs and customer demand, the 1118E, 1118R and 1118B platforms now all contain Swept Quartz crystals. Published industry studies have found Swept Quartz to eliminate the potential for significant frequency shifts as a result of impurities found within an unswept crystal's lattice structure and the introduction of that crystal to radiation levels commonly found in space environments.

The introduction of the Model 1118, the world's smallest HI–REL crystal oscillator (5x7mm enclosure), with Swept Quartz to the other "1100 Series" product families governed by Vectron's OS-68338 document ensures this device performs to the highest expectations for a space-qualified, hybrid clock. The OS-68338 specification defines the design, assembly and functional evaluation of HI–REL, hybrid clock oscillators produced by Vectron International. Devices delivered to this specification represent the standardized Parts, Materials and Processes (PMP) Program developed, implemented and certified for advanced applications and extended environments.

"At Vectron, we are committed to investing in R&D and working with customers to bring to market leading-edge technologies and solutions, by using our financial strength, market expertise, and state-of-the-art facilities and resources," said Greg Smolka, vice president, Industrial, Military and Space Business Unit, Vectron International. "Enhancing the crystal capability for our Model 1118 products further expands our portfolio of space offerings and provides customers with the same environmentally rugged construction found in other OS-68338 offerings while minimizing the mounting footprint."

Environmental Durability
Like all OS-68338 devices, the Model 1118 with Swept Quartz exceeds stringent MIL-STD-202 shock and vibration levels normally imposed for tactical and space flight environments. As a minimum, those levels are:
  • Random Vibration: Method 214, Cond. II-J (43.92g rms)
  • Sine Vibration: Method 204, Cond. G (30g peak)
  • Mechanical Shock: Method 213, Cond. F (1500g, 0.5ms)
All OS-68338 devices are available in optional radiation-hardened designs with swept quartz for the most extreme operational environments. Designed for standard 5.0Vdc operation, optional 3.3Vdc input is selectively available.

Vectron's proven high-reliability space solutions are represented in many leading space programs and have been designed into various space, communication and earth observation satellite applications including the Mars Pathfinder, Iridium satellites and Globalstar satellite phones, as well as in various space shuttle and manned space station projects. The company's new solutions leverage Vectron's deep space heritage to offer radiation tolerance to more than 100 kRads(Si) total dose, swept quartz in a four point crystal mount and MIL-PRF-55310, Class S or MIL-PRF-38534, Class K element evaluation, screening and quality conformance.

For more information on Vectron's OS-68338 specification, new HI–REL space-level oscillators or other products, please contact a customer service representative at 1-88-VECTRON-1.

About Vectron International
Vectron International is a world leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of frequency control, sensor, and hybrid product solutions. Vectron solves complex timing, filtering and sensor challenges by delivering customized solutions that speed time to market and offer low total cost of ownership. Vectron uses the very latest techniques in both bulk acoustic wave (BAW) and surface acoustic wave (SAW) based designs from DC to microwave frequencies. Committed to the industry's highest quality service standard and complete satisfaction, Vectron International leverages its global footprint and 50 years of experience to help customers achieve competitive differentiation and improve their bottom line. Vectron International is headquartered in Hudson, NH and has operating facilities and sales offices in North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, please call 1-88-VECTRON-1