Snelgrove, Martin Department of Electronics, Carleton University, Ontario, Canada.
Last reviewed:January 2020
- Relaxation Oscillators
- Practical oscillators
- Blocking oscillators
- Oscillators with digital gates
- Sine-Wave Oscillators
- Linear circuit
- Amplifier element
- Barkhausen criterion
- Practical LC oscillators
- Frequency Locking
- Related Primary Literature
- Additional Reading
An electronic circuit that generates a periodic output, often a sinusoid or a square wave. Oscillators have a wide range of applications in electronic circuits: they are used, for example, to produce the so-called clock signals that synchronize the internal operations of all computers; they produce and decode radio signals; they produce the scanning signals for television tubes; they keep time in electronic wristwatches; and they can be used to convert signals from transducers into a readily transmitted form.
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