Ceramic Resonators

What is a Ceramic Resonator?
A Ceramic Resonator is sometimes referred to a dielectic resonator, they are commonly used for timing devices which create a clock signal. This type of signal oscillates between a high and low state using a piece of piezoelectric ceramic, connected to two or more electrodes. A resonator usually has a built in capacitor to help save space on a printed circuit board.

How do Ceramic Resonators work?
When connected in an electronic oscillating circuit, a ceramic resonator will vibrate, generating an oscillating signal with a specific frequency. Like the similar crystal oscillator, they're used to generate a clock signal to control the timing in oscillating circuits.

What are Ceramic Resonators used for?
The properties and components of Ceramic Resonators make them particularly useful in a broad range of applications. They are mainly used as a source of a clock signal for microprocessors. Ceramic Resonators are ideal for applications where the precision of the frequency may not be so important, such as microprocessors. They're also commonly used in:

• Communications equipment
• Automotive electronics
• TVs
• Medical/healthcare equipment
• Telephones
• Toys
• Personal computing
• VCR
• Household appliances
• Radios

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