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Miniaturized Rubidium Atomic Clock

Microchip’s next-generation MAC-SA5X miniaturized rubidium atomic clock produces a stable time and frequency reference that maintains a high degree of synchronization to a reference clock, such as a GNSS-derived signal. Its combination of low monthly drift rate, short-term stability and stability during temperature changes allow the device to maintain precise frequency and timing requirements during extended periods of holdover during GNSS outages or for applications where large rack-mount clocks are not possible. Operating over a wider temperature range of -40 to +75 Celsius, the MAC-SA5X was designed to quickly achieve atomic stability performance by taking less time to lock compared to some of the existing clock technology available in the market. In an aircraft application, for example, these attributes enable faster power up of critical communication and navigation systems in extreme climates.


  • Sub-microsecond holdover for 48 hour missions
  • Drift rate <5×10-11Hz/Hz /mo (SA55)
  • Operating Temperature –40˚C to +75˚C
  • Temperature-induced frequency errors <5×10-11 Hz/Hz from –10˚C to +75˚C
  • Backwards compatible pin-out/footprint of legacy MACSA.3Xm oscillator
  • Rapid, reliable warm-up time <8 minutes
  • 1PPS output and input for easy calibration/synchronization
  • New software allows greater control and health monitoring
  • Lead free: RoHS compliant
  • Small size: 2 × 2 × 0.7 inches

MAC-SA5X datasheet

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