Automotive Grade Timing Product Family

Industry’s Largest Portfolio of Automotive Grade2 Timing Devices

Automobiles are quickly adopting new sensors, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), automated driving functions, 5G telematics, Ethernet, and audio/visual displays to enhance the in-cabin experience and improve passenger and vehicle safety. To enable all of these features and capabilities, systems designs are adopting higher speed processors and GPUs, high bandwidth FPGAs, customized ASICs with high speed SerDes, PCIe Gen3/4/5 and NVLink data buses, and high bandwidth Ethernet switch SoCs. As these devices and data buses are adopted, the associated timing requirements on those designs also become much more complex and require low jitter, single-ended and differential reference clocks. The most common source for reference clocks in the automotive market has been quartz crystals and oscillators, however the increased usage of quartz elements becomes costly, requires additional PCB area, adds points of failure, and reduces overall system reliability. To overcome these challenges, Silicon Labs has introduced an entire family of automotive grade, AEC-Q100 qualified clock generators, PCI-Express (PCIe) clocks, PCIe buffers, and fanout buffers.

Highly Integrated Clock Tree On-A-Chip Solution

  • 6/8-output devices available in 32/40 QFN
  • Automotive Grade2 (-40 to +105 °C), AEC-Q100 qualified
  • 190fs RMS phase jitter TYP on outputs up to 333.33 MHz
  • 1.8 V - 3.3 V operating and output voltage
  • Industry leading current consumption (<300mA for up to 8-outputs)
  • MultiSynth fractional synthesis and integer dividers
  • LVDS, LVPECL, HCSL, LVCMOS output formats
  • PCIe Gen1/2/3/4/5 and NVLink Gen 1/2 compliant
  • Dual, independent spread spectrum up to 2.5% (down or center)
  • Flexible cross point mux output path
  • ClockBuilder Pro configuration simplifies clock tree design
  • Multi-profile capability allows up to 8 configurations in the same part number


Increase System Reliability, Reduce Points of Failure

Quartz crystals and oscillators are highly susceptible to shock and vibration failure, and therefore deemed high points of failure in an automotive system design. Consolidating the functionality of quartz crystals and oscillators into a silicon based clock generator greatly reduces the number of points of failure, decreases FIT/DPPM, and increases the overall reliability of the design, while at the same time providing additional benefits of frequency flexibility, integrated termination, signal integrity tuning, and in-system programmability.  

Ultimate Programming Flexibility

Users can create customized configuration files for both clock generators and fanout buffers, exactly matching system clock requirements in just minutes using the ClockBuilder Pro software utility. The device features up to 7 user definable hardware input pins that can be assigned to multiple different functions, including output enable for one or more outputs, loss of signal (LOS), frequency control, spread spectrum enablement, or input reference frequency selection. On the clock buffers, the input(s) and outputs can be individually programmed to user-defined format and voltage levels, eliminating the need for external translation resistor and capacitor networks. On the clock generators, the multi-profile feature provides the ability to store up to 16 unique configuration files in the same orderable part number, using the hardware input pins to select between each configuration. Once a configuration file is complete, a part number can be generated instantly, with samples available in less than 2 weeks.

Automotive Clocks Product Matrix

Product Families
Family Number of Outputs Output Format(s) Phase Jitter (ps) PCIe Compliant Automotive
Automotive Clock Generators
6, 8 HCSL; LVCMOS; LVDS; LVPECL 0.19 Yes Yes
Automotive PCIe Clock Generators
4, 8 HCSL 0.04 Yes Yes

Automotive Clock Buffers Product Matrix

Product Families
Family Number of Outputs Output Format(s) Additive Jitter (ps) PCIe Compliant Automotive
Automotive Clock Buffers
2, 4, 8 HCSL; LVCMOS; LVDS; LVPECL 0.1 No Yes
Automotive PCIe Clock Buffers
4, 8 HCSL 0.05 Yes Yes
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