What is load capacitance (CL)?
C_{L} stands for Load Capacitance. Load capacitance is defined as being the total capacitance present in the oscillator circuit as measured or calculated from the two terminals of the crystal. The output frequency of the crystal when assembled in an oscillator circuit is a function of C_{L}. In order for the quartz crystal unit to exhibit an output frequency as close to specified as possible, it is important to measure precisely what the actual C_{L} is in the circuit.
The load capacitance (CL) of my resonant crystal is rated at 16pF. How do I calculate the value of the load capacitors used in my parallel resonant oscillator circuit?
The output frequency of the oscillator is a function of C_{L}. If the crystal is rated at C_{L} of 16pF, the specified frequency is optimized for a CL of 16pF in the oscillator circuit.
The C_{L} can be estimated as follows:
C_{L}=((C_{i} x C_{o}) / (C_{i} + C_{o})) + C_{stray},
where C_{stray} is the stray capacitance in the circuit, typically 25pF, and Ci and Co are the external capacitors in the oscillator circuit. The C_{L} in the circuit has to be as close to 16pF as possible to reach the specified output frequency. If the oscillation frequency is higher than specified, the capacitor values should be increased to lower the frequency. On the other hand, if the frequency is lower than specified, the capacitor values need to be decreased to raise the output frequency. When C_{L} =16pF, C_{i} and C_{o} will be approximately 2230pF each, plus the additional stray capacitance. The values of C_{i} and C_{o} used in the circuit will have great effect on the C_{L} which influences the output frequency. TAITIEN provides oscillator “Matching Test” to our customers to determine the right values of capacitors to use in the oscillator circuit to attain the nominal output frequency.
What is PPM? How to determine PPM?
PPM stands for parts per million. In the context of oscillators, PPM is the ratio of frequency deviation with respect to nominal frequency. It is a commonly used unit in FCP industry to delineate the range of frequency variation in a crystal oscillator. Example: Nominal Frequency = 13.000000 MHz Actual Frequency = 12.999852 MHz => (A.F.  N.F.) / N.F. = (12.99997413.000000) / 13.000000 =  0.000002 =  0.000002 x 10^{6} (parts per million) =  2 PPM
What is Tristate function?
The frequency output of the oscillator is controlled by an output control pin. The output of the oscillator can be enabled or disabled by this pin. When the output is disabled and the tristate feature is activated, the oscillator assumes a highimpedance state.
What is Drive Level? How to determine drive level?
Drive level is the power required from the oscillator circuit to operate/drive a crystal. The drive level can be calculated as follows:
Drive Level= I^{2} * R_{L}, where I is the current going into the crystal unit and R_{L} is the effective resistance of the crystal. Also, R_{L }can be estimated as follows: R_{L}= RR(crystal impedance)*(1+C_{0}/C_{L})^2, C_{0}: shunt capacitance of the crystal unit C_{L}: Load capacitance In order to estimate the drive level correctly, the current flowing into the crystal needs to be measured accurately. TAITIEN uses current probes to measure the actual current flowing into crystal units to determine the true drive levels for crystals produced by TAITIEN. See picture for the measurement setup.
