Crystal Oscillator Design

Ever wonder what goes in to the design of a crystal oscillator? We’ll examine the operational theory of crystal oscillators, and design a discrete Pierce crystal oscillator suitable for use as a local oscillator in an HF receiver.

My discrete Pierce oscillator design tool can be found here; references and additional reading are listed below!

Description Reference
Oscillator circuit design and crystal loaded Q analysis Crystal Oscillator Circuits, Robert J. Matthys, Chapters 5.8, 6.1, 10.9
Pierce oscillator negative resistance and gain margins Understanding Quartz Crystals and Oscillators, Ramon M. Cerda, Chapters 9.2, 9.4
Pierce oscillator crystal drive level equations Intel application note AP-155 (Oscillators for Microcontrollers), Appendix A