Microsemi Corporation, a leading provider of semiconductor solutions, has recently updated the TimeProvider 5000 IEEE 1588 Precision Time Protocol (PTP) grandmaster clock. This is to support Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) and multi-Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) constellation to ensure better reception and higher security in a wide variety of telecommunications network applications.
More and more global operators are now looking at solutions like Micrsoemi’s enhanced TimeProvider 5000. This is because the device features multiple constellations in accordance with the directives in certain countries to remove their sole dependency on GPS. Moreover, the GLONASS and Galileo constellations make the system more robust and secure to certain GNSS vulnerabilities.
The TimeProvider family has been installed on over 350 networks in the world to allow communications service providers to build stable, high performance, and reliable network infrastructures. Besides, the device offers redundant hardware, user configurable PTP profiles, and Synchronous Ethernet (SyncE) support with optical small form-factor pluggable (SFP) modules.
Microsemi Updates its TimeProvider 5000 PTP Grandmaster Clock (Image Courtesy: Microsemi)
The device is a carrier-grade IEEE 1588 PTP grandmaster clock with a Network Time Protocol (NTP) server option and expansion shelf capabilities. It has a flexible design which is vital to allow the circuit to packet network migration for high-speed data services and wireless backhaul alongside delivering 3G, 4G/LTE, LTE-A, and 5G wireless services.
In addition to the TimeProvider, Microsemi also offers highly comprehensive and cost-effective IEEE 1588 and SyncE network synchronization silicon solutions. These are used by all major equipment vendors across the globe in a variety of wireless and wireline applications and work seamlessly with Microsemi’s full range of TimeProvider equipment.
“As our global wireless customers drive mobile infrastructure forward with LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) and 5G services, support for IPv6 and alternate GNSS constellations is rising in importance for deploying a robust, secure and future-proof synchronization network,” said Barry Dropping, senior director of product line management for Microsemi. “The addition of GLONASS and Galileo support on the TimeProvider 5000 system greatly enhances the robustness and security of this widely adopted synchronization platform for global carriers. We will continue to invest in this technology to ensure reliable long-term roadmap support is provided for telecommunications customers.”
Microsemi Corporation offers a comprehensive portfolio of semiconductor and system solutions for aerospace & defense, communications, data center and industrial markets. Products include high-performance and radiation-hardened analog mixed-signal integrated circuits, FPGAs, SoCs and ASICs; power management products; timing and synchronization devices and precise time solutions, setting the world’s standard for time; voice processing devices; RF solutions; discrete components; enterprise storage and communication solutions, security technologies and scalable anti-tamper products; Ethernet solutions; Power-over-Ethernet ICs and midspans; as well as custom design capabilities and services. Microsemi is headquartered in Aliso Viejo, California, and has approximately 4,800 employees globally.
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