# How do you find the transconductance of an external crystal oscillator?

I am trying to connect an external crystal to my STM32F446RC MCU.

I am following this guide to check for the compatibility: https://www.st.com/resource/en/application_note/cd00221665-oscillator-design-guide-for-stm8afals-stm32-mcus-and-mpus-stmicroelectronics.pdf

The only part of the equation I can't find in the datasheet of the crystals I have seen is the transconductance value, where can I find this?

Example of crystal oscillators' datasheets I have seen: https://ecsxtal.com/index.php?plg=sslfixer&url=http%3A%2F%2Fecsxtal.com%2Fstore%2Fpdf%2Fecx-3sx.pdf

The transconductance cannot be found on crystal datasheet, because it is not a property of the crystal.

It is a property of the oscillator and therefore found in the MCU datasheet.

Models of quartz crystal do not have transconductance. No equation nor explanation in the linked design guide demand the transconductance of a crystal.

Transconductance is a property of a fet amplifier in the oscillator part of the microcontroller. It can be found in the microcontroller datasheet. You can think of it with the next simplification of the oscillator amp:

RF (=feedback resistor) is several megaohms. The idle DC voltage at the Osc OUT pin and at the gate of M1 is about the same as the treshold voltage of fet M1.

If a small amplitude AC signal voltage Uin is summed to the DC at the gate of M1 the small signal transconductance Gm of M1 defines what AC current there occurs in the drain current of M1. It is Gm * Uin.

Because The biasing current source lets a certain DC current only, all AC current sucked by the fet occurs in the OscOUT wire. Thus the transconductance of the fet M1 can be seen as the transconductance of the oscillator amp.

NOTE: This is a simplification. Gm of a fet is not constant, it depends on the DC operating point which depends on the operating state of the microcontroller.