Custom Saw Design and Manufacturing

Saw Filters

Token provides innovative low-cost, space-saving and energy-efficient designs with high volume off-shore manufacturing, leading technology and superior engineering resources in design and process manufacturing. Token's Saw filters support all the major standards: EGSM, DCS, AMPS/CDMA/GSM850, PCS, WCDMA, WLAN, GPS, within the standard range of devices, offering a cost-effective solution for all applications. Our experienced engineering team can support your SAW application from the initial design through production. Custom designs are available utilizing high technology mask designs, wafer fabrication, assembly and complete reliability testing.

For marketing discontinuations or second sourcing activities concerning RF Filter and IF Filter products, you are encouraged to contact our Sales Department so the request can be properly directed within Token.
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Saw Resonators

Token Saw Resonator employs surface acoustic wave, and is able to be applied to high frequency circuit where conventional crystal, ceramic resonators are not available, as a resonator oscillates stably with its fundamental mode over frequency range from 200 MHz to around 1 GHz. TSR can be applied to many types of high frequency devices including RF remote controls, CATV FSK demodulators and CATV 2nd local oscillators. TSR resonator is ideal for applications such as automotive keyless entry, tire pressure monitoring, gate and door openers, personal and home security, automated meter readers, wireless point of sale terminals, identification tags, bar code readers, and computer peripherals.

For marketing discontinuations or second sourcing activities concerning RF Filter and IF Filter products, you are encouraged to contact our Sales Department so the request can be properly directed within Token.
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Saw Applications for Telecommunications

Definition of Saw

Basic SAW Device
Figure-1 - Basic Saw Device

Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) is a wave propagating along the surface of an elastic substrate. Frequency of Saw is:
F = V / λ
Where V is the velocity of SAW (~3,100m/s), λ is the IDT period.

Types of Saw Devices

The device in (Figure-1) is a basic delay line, because the wave takes some time to travel between the transducers - typically 1 μs for 3 mm of path length. This is very compact compared with EM waves which, in free space, need 300 m of path for 1 μs delay. The device can also be used as a bandpass filter, because the transducers operate most effectively when the saw wavelength equals the transducer pitch - at other frequencies the waves generated by individual gaps are not in phase, so the wave amplitude falls off as the frequency is changed.

Another basic device is the resonator. This uses arrays of metal strips, with pitch λ/2, as reflectors of the waves. These arrays can give strong Saw reflections, and two arrays can be used to form a saw cavity with high Q, up to 105. Such resonators are often used for high-stability oscillators.

The above devices are just some basic types. Many unique variations are possible for saw devices, and their applications range from piezoelectric strain gauges to pulse compression radar, to cellular handsets.

The most common group are bandpass filters, which are in very widespread use in radio systems (including mobile phone handsets and base stations) and in domestic TV. There are many types with differing advantages, such as low shape factor, low insertion loss, small size, or high-frequency operation. The wide variety of types is possible because almost arbitrary shapes can be defined on the surface with very high precision, using lithography techniques similar to those for semiconductor processing. A typical saw Bandpass characteristic is shown if (Figure-2).

Saw Applications

Bandpass Filter Characteristic
Figure-2 - Bandpass Filter Characteristic

Surface acoustic wave filters play a key role in telecommunications. Because of their special features various products are being used more and more in different transmission systems:

  • Passband filter typically as RF or IF filters for data processing in communication systems. A few examples for these applications are mobile phone basestations, point to multipoint systems, radio link systems, Professional Mobile Radio (PMR) systems and Wireless Local Loop (WLL) systems.
  • Clock recovery filters for digital regeneration in fiber-optic systems, e.g. FDDI, ISDN, LAN, etc.
  • Nyquist and Vestigial sideband filters in television transmission systems in TV transmitters and high quality receivers, modulators/demodulators, and converters of CATV head-ends, etc.
  • Passband filters for basestations include filters for all worldwide standards (TDMA, CDMA, GSM, and W-CDMA). Filters for WLL systems are available for products based on CDMA, W-CDMA, DECT, GSM, and proprietary standards. Trunked radio filters for PMR basestation, mobile and handheld applications are offered for the digital standard TETRA.

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General Information of Saw

Advantage of Token Saw Devices

Token Electronics has gained a successful development of Saw components, due to our flexible design capabilities and cost-optimizing production facilities.

In addition to our extensive offering of standard Saw devices, Token has diverse Engineering experience spanning hundreds of custom designed saw components, Bandpass Filters, Low Loss Filters and saw based subsystems.

As Token Company Spirit:

  • Honesty is our business policy.
  • Perfection is our quality system.
  • Sharing cost saving with customers is our business target.

Token reliably deliver high-quality components according to the each customer special needs with respect to performance, costs, and technology modifications.

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Required to effectively design a Saw Component

SAW Filter Group Delay Variation over Pass Bandwidth
Filter Group Delay Variation over Pass Bandwidth

Generally, a saw manufacturer will offer their most popular devices as standards creating a reference for Engineers to design from. Typically, a standard device is available for most common applications.

However, for applications requiring parameters that are not currently considered industry standards. In this case, the following information is required to effectively design a filter:

Insertion Loss (IL)

The logarithmic ratio of the power delivered to the load impedance before the filter is inserted to the power delivered to the load impedance after the filter is inserted. Unit of Insertion loss in is dB.

Advances in filter design techniques routinely allow for a design incorporating a specification of under 10dB Insertion Loss, however, the minimum attainable Insertion Loss is generally influenced by the Fractional Bandwidth and the influences of this ratio on the applicable substrate material.

The Insertion Loss value will generally increase when approaching the fractional bandwidth limit of a substrate material. For instance, a Fractional Bandwidth value of 8% will generally produce lower Insertion Loss than a Fractional Bandwidth value of 30% using the same substrate material.

Pass Bandwidth (BWp)

The frequency interval in which the relative attenuation (the attenuation from the minimum insertion loss) is equal to the specified value 3dB.

Nominal Frequency (Fn)

The nominal values of the center frequency F0 and is used as the reference frequency of related standard. Unit of nominal frequency is in MHz.

Stop Bandwidth (BWr)

The frequency interval in which the relative attenuation (the attenuation from the minimum insertion loss) is equal to the specified value of "A" dB.

Transition Bandwidth (BWt)

Otherwise referred to as Skirts, the area between the Stop Band and the Passband found on both sides of the Passband.

Pass band Ripple (AR)

The difference between the minimum peak attenuation and the maximum peak attenuation within a pass band. Unit is in dB.

Group Delay Ripple (GDR)

The difference between the maximum and minimum value of the group delay in the specified range of the pass band. Unit in μs.

Rejection (REJ.)

All ranges of the saw components not including the Passband. The Rejection can also be referred to as the Rejection Range, or Stop Band. We can refer to this as the range in which the Relative Attenuation is larger than the specified Rejection side.

With proper material selection and design, Rejection of 50dB, or greater, is possible within a wide selection of fractional bandwidths and shape factors.

Terminating Impedance (Zt)

Impedance presented to the filter by the source or by the load.


Factors affecting the size of the package used in saw design include parameters associated with Center Frequency, Bandwidth, and Shape Factor, among other minor considerations.

For instance, lower Frequencies require larger substrate, thereby increasing the size of the packages available to the designer. Consequently, an equally important challenge of package size reduction is always considered by Token Design Engineers in an attempt to meet the desired parameters in the smallest package possible.

In selecting a package, we recommend stating general preferences. Without this input, Token will design using the most cost effective approach balancing parameter requirements with cost and manufacturability.

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Saw Package Dimensions
SMD and DIP Type Package Dimensions of Saw components.
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What is a Saw? Saw device characteristics, fundamentals, manufacturing process, paramenters, etc..
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