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Microsemi Enhances Grandmaster Clock to Support IPv6, GNSS

By Kendall Russell | June 12, 2017
      The TimeProvider 5000. Photo: Microsemi.

      The TimeProvider 5000. Photo: Microsemi.

      Microsemi Corporation announced it has updated the hardware on its TimeProvider 5000 IEEE 1588 Precision Time Protocol (PTP) grandmaster clock to support Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) and multi-Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) constellations to ensure better reception and higher security in telecommunications network applications.

      The TimeProvider 5000 is a carrier-grade IEEE 1588 PTP grandmaster clock with a Network Time Protocol (NTP) server option and expansion shelf capabilities that include Synchronous Ethernet (SyncE) and advanced PTP profiles. It enables circuit to packet network migration for high-speed data services and wireless backhaul, and to deliver 3G, 4G/LTE, LTE-A and 5G wireless services.

      The device offers multiple constellations in accordance with the directives in certain countries to remove their sole dependency on Global Positioning System (GPS). Adding support for GLONASS and Galileo constellations makes systems more secure to certain GNSS vulnerabilities, the company stated.

      Along with new support for IPv6 and multi-GNSS constellations, the enhanced TimeProvider 5000 provides redundant hardware, user configurable PTP profiles and Synchronous Ethernet (SyncE) support with optical Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP) modules.