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December 14, 2009
Vectron International Announces 250-Degree Celsius Ultra-High Temperature Crystal Oscillator

Performance over Widest Temperature Range Enables HI–REL Operation in Downhole, Geothermal and Industrial Process Control Applications

HUDSON, NH - Vectron International, a leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of Frequency Control, Sensor, and Hybrid Product solutions, today announced its new solution for the timing of ultra high-temperature electronics, the PX-420 crystal oscillator. Able to withstand continuous operating temperatures of up to 250 degrees Celsius, the product is ideal for harsh environment applications, including oil and gas downhole operations.

With the PX-420, Vectron successfully combines its advanced quartz resonator design for outstanding frequency stability with silicon on insulator (SOI) technology to meet the high-reliability requirements demanded by these harsh environment applications. For the first time, design engineers have a solution for applications requiring continuous, high-reliability operation at temperatures ranging from -55 to 250 degrees C. Vectron's PX-420 crystal oscillator offers the widest temperature range and best frequency tolerance currently available for frequency control oscillators in the market. The unique compliant quartz resonator mounting scheme also provides high shock and vibration resistance.

"In the high-temperature electronics community, reliability and long lifetime at elevated temperatures are the key parameters," says Gregory Smolka, vice president of the IMS Business Unit at Vectron. "Throughout our ten-year history in high-temperature electronics, our products have delivered exceptional lifetime increases over comparable high temp designs. The PX-420 builds on this legacy, offering designers unprecedented reliability and frequency stability for applications ranging from oil and gas exploration to high temperature industrial processes."

Specific features of the PX-420 include:
  • Ultra high continuous operating temperature (-55 to 250 degrees C)
  • Special doubly rotated quartz resonator and electrode metallization for outstanding frequency stability
  • Silicon on insulator (SOI) technology for HI–REL requirement in harsh environments
  • +/- 100ppm frequency stability over the entire operating temperature range
  • Standard frequency range from 1MHz to 30MHz
Vectron's PX-420 is available direct at www.vectron.com or through an authorized Vectron representative. For more information on this or any other Vectron products please contact a customer service representative at 1-88-VECTRON-1 or visit www.vectron.com.

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