Company History

Since 1978 Wenzel Associates has defined the state-of-the-art in ultra-low phase noise crystal oscillators. Wenzel designs and manufactures crystal oscillators, fixed frequency systems, integrated microwave assemblies and synthesizers to X-band. Blue Tops modules, ultra-low noise multiplied microwave sources from our MXO line, and very low noise custom IMAs provide building blocks for systems throughout the world.

Wenzel Associates produces over 15,000 oscillators per year for commercial markets. Wenzel’s precise, low noise signals are used in up/down converters, frequency counters and cellular base stations and Wenzel’s oscillators are the internal references in most commercially available phase noise measurement test sets.

Approximately two thirds of Wenzel’s products are Hi-Rel parts, built for radar systems, military radios and space applications. Wenzel builds master oscillators for airborne, UAV, and shipboard navigation, surveillance and communication systems. Multiple frequency, rack-mounted sources and synthesizers outfit testing labs and are part of the US missile defense system. We are very proud to have been selected for key components in the National Radio Astronomy Observatory’s ALMA telescope which is now observing galaxies from a mountain top in Chile.

Wenzel has shipped space-flight hardware for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter for NASA, the Aquarius sea surveyor and TACSAT-4. Wenzel’s space heritage includes oscillators for the Mars Pathfinder Lander for JPL, the NEAR Earth Asteroid Rendezvous Satellite and recently for the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS). Production oscillators were built for the ORBCOMM Generation 2 (OG2) satellites. Wenzel was pleased to design and build the X-band synthesizer in the landing radar for the Mars Science Laboratory that landed Curiosity safely on Mars in August, 2012.

In March of 2006, Wenzel completed its purchase of Croven Crystals, the premier manufacturer of high performance crystals, bringing 50 years of crystal making experience to Wenzel. Croven has participated in countless special projects for military and space customers and has complete in-house testing and manufacturing capabilities to produce MIL-PRF-3098 crystals. Croven is located in its own 26,000 square foot facility in Whitby, Ontario Canada.

Wenzel Associates’ 52,000 square foot facility in Austin, Texas houses engineering, test, marketing and production. Shock, vibration, temperature, thermal-shock, altitude and thermo-vacuum testing are available in-house. Wenzel has developed a philosophy of service that reaches beyond traditional customer support, considering our customers and vendors as an extension of our company.