# Need to explain about principle of comparator based crystal oscillating circuit.

#### sun0727

Joined Aug 2, 2020
2
Hi everyone,

I am a newbie in electronic field. Now I am trying to design a circuit to drive QCM (Quartz crystal microbalance). In some literature I have seen some comparator-based designs like this:

In fact, some similar designs can also be found in the datasheets of high-speed comparators like LT1671 , LT1720

It looks just like a relaxation oscillator with a Crystal on it. I have learned the basic principle of a relaxation oscillator from hier http://www.analogzoo.com/2015/01/relaxation-oscillator-design/

But what I don't quite understand right now is:

- How does quartz help the circuit to produce stable frequency?
- How to choose the value of C1 and R1, for example, I put a Quartz with a Base-Frequency of 10 MHz on it?

Thank you in advanced, and I am looking forward feedback from you all.

Best regards

#### Papabravo

Joined Feb 24, 2006
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The answer to your question is that a piece of quartz behaves like a circuit with inductance an capacitance and resistance. Something like the following:

L1, C1, and R1 are called the "motional" parameters of the crystal, The values are chosen so that L1 & C1 are series resonant at the desired frequency. 100 kHz. in this case. The C2 capacitance models the mounting of the slice of quartz -- that is it is an actual capacitor inside the crystal package.

The crystal acts a a bandpass filter, passing signals over a narrow range of frequencies. The RC just has to get you close for startup.
The RC is also providing some low pass filtering to prevent the crystal from operating at one of it's odd harmonics (just a guess - I haven't looked closely at it)

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#### sun0727

Joined Aug 2, 2020
2
The answer to your question is that a piece of quartz behaves like a circuit with inductance an capacitance and resistance. Something like the following:

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L1, C1, and R1 are called the "motional" parameters of the crystal, The values are chosen so that L1 & C1 are series resonant at the desired frequency. 100 kHz. in this case. The C2 capacitance models the mounting of the slice of quartz -- that is it is an actual capacitor inside the crystal package.

The crystal acts a a bandpass filter, passing signals over a narrow range of frequencies. The RC just has to get you close for startup.
The RC is also providing some low pass filtering to prevent the crystal from operating at one of it's odd harmonics (just a guess - I haven't looked closely at it)