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Drive Level
Drive level is the power level applied to a quartz crystal during oscillation. Drive level is specified in fractions of a watt, micro-watts or milli-watts. Drive level has a direct effect on crystal parameters: frequency, motional capacitance, inductance, resistance, spurious responses, and aging. Good engineering practice is to drive the crystal at the minimum level to initiate and maintain oscillation in the circuit.

Frequency vs. Drive Level

Drive Level vs. Resistance

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