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Market Overview

The Quartz Crystal Oscillators Market is expected to register a CAGR of 5.5% during the forecast period of 2021 -2026. The oscillators are an electronic circuit that is used to generate an electrical signal of a particular frequency by utilizing the vibrating crystal’s (piezoelectric material) mechanical resonance. Although there are different types of piezoelectric resonators, quartz crystal is typically used in this type of oscillators. Hence, these oscillator electronic circuits are called quartz crystal oscillators in the market studied.

  • Increasing demand for convenience is driving the application of wireless interconnections, like remote keyless entry. Crystal devices, such as quartz crystal units and crystal oscillators, have high stability against environmental changes. Therefore, they are used as frequency control devices in electronic circuits. The application of crystal units and crystal oscillators in automobiles is expected to grow during the forecast period.
  • These products are preferred in multiple applications due to their technical advantages. Quartz crystals in oscillators result in high-frequency stability, a high-quality factor of the resonance, and low-temperature drift, making it an obvious choice for applications with such need.
  • Crystal oscillators are widely used in safety applications, such as brake control, anti-blocking system, airbag, and tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS). The demand for precision, coupled with growing requirements, improving regulations for safety applications, and the necessity for fast data transmission, drives the adoption of crystal units and oscillators. Additionally, quartz crystals are cheap to produce and procure. They find many applications in clock circuits in microprocessor boards, radiofrequency applications, the timing element in digital watches, and telecommunications, and data transmission.
  • The crystal oscillators are the most critical components for frequency control applications, such as telecommunication and data transmission. Telecommunication systems, such as SONET SDH, require a high stability system clock to thwart time slips or data loss. Continuously evolving telecommunication technology and the increased penetration of smartphones in the consumer’s lifestyle are expected to drive the demand for crystal oscillators.
  • However, due to the Outbreak of COVID-19, there is a huge impact on the electronics industry due to the halt in the electronics parts’ production facilities due to the logistics slowdown and unavailability of the workforce across the globe. Also, there is a decline in the automotive industry. Hence the market is likely to face challenges until the resurgence from the pandemic.

Scope of the Report

Quartz crystal oscillator uses quartz crystal as a frequency selective element for obtaining an inverse piezoelectric effect. It uses the mechanical resonance of the vibrating crystal with piezoelectric properties to receive an electric signal with a high-precision frequency.

Circuit Type
 Simple Packaged Crystal Oscillator (SPXO)
 Temperature-compensated Crystal Oscillator (TCXO)
 Voltage-controlled Crystal Oscillator (VCXO)
 Frequency-controlled Crystal Oscillator (FCXO)
 Oven-controlled Crystal Oscillator (OCXO)
 Other Circuit Types
Mounting Type
 Surface Mount
End User
 Consumer Electronics
 Military and Aerospace
 Other End Users
 North America
 Asia Pacific
 Latin America
 Middle East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

Military and Aerospace Industry is Expected to Drive the Market Growth

  • The military and aerospace segment is always in definite need of a comprehensive portfolio of reliable and precise products and advanced technical capabilities that may support high-performance needs.
  • The use of crystal oscillators has always remained relevant. They form an integral part of an electronic circuit that is used to produce an electrical signal of accurate frequency, by using the vibrating crystals made of piezoelectric material, mechanical resonance, which is driving its demand from this sector.
  • Crystal oscillator sold for military and aerospace applications needs to be highly accurate and must be able to work in harsh environments and adverse circumstances. High end-products, such as OCXOs, and precision TCXOs, are of high demand in these applications. Vendors in the market, like Vectron, Rakon, and Q-Tech, offer crystal oscillators for the military and space applications.
  • The synthesized transceivers also feature increased deployment of crystal oscillators. For instance, in August 2019, Frequency Electronics Inc. offered a next-generation wideband microwave quad-channel synthesized transceiver named EW series VPXTR6000. It enables the aircraft, UAVs, and other mobile platforms to detect signals in high RF pulse density environments.
  • Furthermore, with the increasing defense budgets of various countries, threats of enemies, and the need for surveillance across various military and defense elements, the avionics and military electronics industries are expected to expand, thereby driving the adoption of oscillators.