Mastering the Art of Precision Timing and Synchronization Solutions

Mastering the Art of Precision Timing and Synchronization Solutions

Syncworks Harnesses the Power of Precision Timing and Synchronization

In our modern, interconnected digital landscape, the significance of timing and synchronization cannot be overstated. The accuracy and precision of timekeeping play a pivotal role in a wide array of critical infrastructures. These include data centers, wired and wireless communication networks, financial exchanges, industrial systems, and the ever-evolving smart power grid.

At our core, and as a Microchip Diamond Partner, we specialize in delivering comprehensive clock and timing system solutions that cater to a broad spectrum of needs. Our offerings span from compact plug-in timing server cards to extensive multi-rack national time scale systems. Our ultimate mission is to provide timing systems that are not only remarkably accurate but also imbued with robust security measures, ensuring their resilience in supporting a diverse range of applications and vital infrastructures.

Microchip TimeProvider 4100

GPS-Based Timing Solutions for Unmatched Precision

Sync and timing for GPS begins with a quality signal from antenna to ingress to timing equipment. As part of our turnkey solution for network timing, our Field Services includes GPS antenna installation. Resilient and professional GPS install is a key component to your network. With Syncworks’ dedicated technicians well-versed in installs for all types of building access, grounding needs, ingress points, and weather conditions, your GPS antenna will be installed to the highest standards.

When a clock goes in holdover due to a failed GPS signal, the cause can be range from a failed ground, a delamination of a printed board, a loose connection, a failed antenna head, or interference from a natural source. Correct antenna positioning is vital to timing reliability.

A GPS antenna requires a 360° visibility of the horizon.  Roof mounted antenna enable for more accurate GPS clocks since at least three satellites are required to be in view at all times to maintain timing accuracy (typically nanoseconds to UTC). Our antenna designs include this key component. Our technicians ensure the optimal location for all elements of the antenna installation.

three gps antennas ready to install

The Role of IEEE 1588 Precision Time Protocol (PTP) in Modern Networks

However, achieving such high levels of precision timing is a formidable technological challenge. That’s why it’s crucial to find a trusted resource. Our end-to-end timing solutions are designed to generate, distribute, and apply precise timing across multiple industries. These include communications, aerospace/defense, IT infrastructure, financial services, industrial sectors, and more. Our clientele ranges from communications service providers and network equipment manufacturers to governments and their global suppliers.

Our comprehensive portfolio of timing and synchronization options:

1. GPS-Based Timing: Leveraging Microsemi’s cutting-edge timing technologies and solutions, we enable our customers to build more reliable networks and systems that meet today’s precise timing standards.

2. IEEE 1588 Precision Time Protocol (PTP): This protocol is designed to deliver highly accurate timing information, essential for various industries.

3. Network Time Protocol (NTP): NTP ensures synchronization across networks and systems, facilitating seamless communication.

4. Synchronous Ethernet (SyncE): For maintaining synchronization in Ethernet networks, especially crucial in data-heavy operations.

5. Data-over-Cable Service Interface Specifications (DOCSIS) Timing: A critical element for cable operators to ensure precise timing for their services.

In our increasingly digital and interconnected world, timing and synchronization are essential components. Precise and accurate timing underpins the functionality of data centers, wired and wireless communications, financial exchanges, industrial networks, smart power grids, and virtually all other secure communication infrastructures.

We offer a range of clock and timing system solutions, from compact plug-in timing server cards to multi-rack national time scale systems. Our ultimate goal is to provide the most accurate, secure, and resilient timing systems possible to support diverse applications and critical infrastructures.

About Syncworks

Syncworks is a value-added reseller of network sync and timing equipment for critical infrastructure companies. SyncCare and Field Services ensure your network equipment is flawlessly executed and supported. Our warehouse is stocked with new Microchip products, as well as Symmetricom, Datum, Telecom Solutions, and Microsemi brands. 

Syncworks delivers the highest level of expertise to every project and offers a complete menu of network synchronization products and services. Our flagship product, the TimeProvider® 4100, is a gateway clock that accepts multiple inputs from Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), Synchronous Ethernet (SynE), and 1588 PTP Grandmaster Clock and E1/T1 digital transmission links.  

As a Microchip Diamond Partner, we maintain the largest and most diversified stocking supply of Microchip network sync & timing products to meet our customers’ every need when it comes to sync and timing technology.  

For more information, contact or call (904) 280-1234

Unleashing the Power of IEEE 1588: Engineering Standards for Precision Time Protocol (PTP)

Unleashing the Power of IEEE 1588: Engineering Standards for Precision Time Protocol (PTP)

IEEE 1588 Overview

In today’s fast-paced technological landscape, precision and synchronization play a crucial role in various industries. One engineering standard that stands out for its exceptional accuracy is IEEE 1588. By understanding the significance of this and how it benefits businesses, you can elevate your company’s reputation and products to new heights.

Value Add: IEEE Standards Interpretations for IEEE Std 1588™-2008 IEEE Standard for a Precision Clock Synchronization Protocol for Networked Measurement and Control Systems

The Foundation

Precision Time Protocol (PTP) is an engineering standard that enables precise time synchronization in distributed systems. It was developed to address the increasing demand for synchronized clocks in various industries, such as telecommunications, power grids, industrial automation, and financial trading. Unlike traditional clock synchronization methods, this institute leverages network-based synchronization, offering superior accuracy and flexibility.

The Working Principle

At its core, IEEE 1588 employs a master-slave architecture, where a designated master clock transmits timing information to slave clocks. This synchronization process relies on exchanging timestamped messages over the network, allowing slave clocks to adjust their time to match the master clock accurately. The protocol continually refines the synchronization to compensate for network delays, resulting in remarkably precise timekeeping across distributed systems.

The applications are widespread and diverse. In telecommunications, the standard ensures seamless synchronization between network elements, reducing latency and enhancing the quality of services like Voice over IP (VoIP) and video streaming. Industries such as power generation and distribution utilize IEEE 1588 to synchronize devices across substations, enabling efficient energy management and grid stability. Furthermore, IEEE 1588 finds applications in industrial automation, ensuring precise synchronization for distributed control systems, robotics, and time-sensitive processes.

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Advantages for Businesses

Unparalleled Precision:
One of the key advantages is its unparalleled precision. By achieving sub-microsecond synchronization accuracy, businesses can optimize their operations and workflows, reducing errors and improving overall efficiency. In sectors where timing is critical, such as financial trading, the accuracy provided by IEEE 1588 can make a significant difference in gaining a competitive edge.

Flexibility and Scalability:
IEEE 1588 offers remarkable flexibility and scalability, making it suitable for a wide range of environments and network topologies. Whether you have a small-scale local network or a large distributed system spanning multiple locations, the protocol can adapt to the needs of your business. Additionally, as your network expands, this technology can seamlessly accommodate new devices and maintain synchronization across the entire infrastructure.

Cost-Effective Solution:
Implementing this can be a cost-effective solution compared to alternative methods. By leveraging existing Ethernet infrastructure and standard network equipment, businesses can achieve precise synchronization without requiring specialized hardware or extensive investments. This cost-effectiveness, combined with the protocol’s accuracy, positions this tech as an attractive choice for organizations seeking to enhance their operations while minimizing expenses.

Future Success

Taking the Leap:
To fully leverage the benefits of IEEE 1588, it is crucial for businesses to evaluate their synchronization requirements and explore implementation options. Consulting with experts in the field can provide valuable insights and guidance tailored to your organization’s needs. You can unlock new possibilities, streamline processes, and gain a competitive advantage in your industry.

Continuing Your Journey:
To further expand your knowledge and understanding of this subject matter, consider exploring the following topics:

1. Best practices for implementing in different industries
2. The role in 5G networks and next-generation telecommunications
3. Advanced synchronization techniques and developments in this standard

Related Topics:
1. Network synchronization and precision timing protocols
2. Time-sensitive applications and their requirements
3. Industrial automation and the role of precise time synchronization
4. Network infrastructure optimization for enhanced performance

About Syncworks

Syncworks is an industry leader in delivering network synchronization and timing solutions to the telecommunications, utilities, and cable industries. For over two decades, we have helped our customers maintain, modernize and evolve their infrastructure to support the delivery of timing services over TDM and packet-based technologies critical for network QoS, meeting SLAs, and for emerging applications such as 5G mobile backhaul. Our industry-best engineering and implementation practices were developed, refined, and have been successfully proven on thousands of modernization projects across the US and Caribbean markets. 

Syncworks is the top diamond partner of Microchip (formerly Symmetricom), the global leader in synchronization and timing technology. We maintain the largest and most diversified stocking supply of legacy network sync & timing products to meet our customers’ every need when it comes to sync and timing technology. 

Through our SyncCare support program, our customers enjoy worry-free support and ultra-responsive customer service. 

IEEE 1588 PTP GNSS IGM Grandmaster Synchronization

IEEE 1588 PTP GNSS IGM Grandmaster Synchronization

While time synchronization has always been essential for wireless networks to function, requirements have evolved dramatically as operators increase small cell use and optimize spectrum usage to enable 4.5G, 4.9G and 5G network capabilities. Accurate phase synchronization is now increasingly critical to support new features and services in these networks. For example, coordination between base stations for broadcast video delivery and interference mitigation between macro base stations and small cells in dense deployments drive the need for strict phase specifications.

With technology innovations engineered to address these challenges, Microsemi offers a portfolio of small form factor IEEE 1588 PTP grandmasters to deliver a cost-effective, precise timing master exactly where it’s needed, such as small cells and backhaul to eNodeBs for wireless service delivery at the LTE network edge. Microsemi’s IGM 1588 grandmasters integrate both GNSS antenna and GNSS receiver, eliminating the need for an outdoor antenna and cabling.

The IGM’s latest software enables deployment of these smaller grandmasters at the very edge of mobile networks, lowering operator costs and improving customer experience with enhanced coverage and performance. Easily installed indoors or outdoors, in-building or in cabinets or huts, the IGM grandmaster family serves operators preparing for 5G through densification, along with enterprises seeking enhanced indoor capacity and coverage on LTE and LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) networks.

Why Choose Microsemi IGM Grandmasters?

  • Single device integrating IEEE 1588 PTP grandmaster, GNSS receiver and GNSS antenna
  • Reduced installation costs and simplified cabling
  • Unique indoor capabilities for enhanced indoor GNSS performance without GPS/GNSS roof antenna
  • Plug-and-Play features reducing deployment time and cost (discovery, configuration, TR-069 for auto-configuration)
  • Deployment flexibility (small size, wall or ceiling mount, indoor or outdoor)
  • Best-in-class synchronization solution optimized for indoor, location transfer, management
  • Reliability
  • GPS and GLONASS capabilities – Beidou, SBAS, Galileo-ready

IEEE 1588 Integrated GNSS Grandmaster for Indoor Installations

Product Data Sheet: Microsemi_Universal_IGM_Datasheet_Vb

About Syncworks

Syncworks is a the national leader in GPS security. Critical infrastructure in the US is a top priority at the highest level of government. Our mission is to enable, educate, and support efforts to become complaint with celestial and terrestrial GPS systems working together.
Our flagship product, the TimeProvider® 4500, is a gateway clock that accepts multiple inputs from Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), Synchronous Ethernet (SynE), and IEEE 1588 PTP Grandmaster Clock and E1/T1 digital transmission links.  

As of January 1, 2024, we have expanded our Field Services to include Antenna Installation and Entrance Facility Cabling, Legacy Equipment Decom and Traffic Migration, Disposal (hazmat) Services, Radio Commissioning (MW, P-LTE, CBRS), Enterprise Wi-Fi.

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Microsemi Announces IEEE 1588 Timing Synchronization Module

New Turnkey Solution Leverages Synergies of Multiple Microsemi Products to Significantly Reduce Software Development for Customers

ALISO VIEJO, Calif.Nov. 21, 2017

Microsemi’s new IEEE 1588 timing synchronization module streamlines customers’ developments to add synchronization network timing to their designs, simplifies the sourcing process and reduces development time while providing an easy integration. The module also includes drivers, servos/algorithm firmware, IEEE 1588 Precision Time Protocol (PTP) stack software, a user guide and reference board schematics to deliver a fully tested chip-set solution from a trusted tier-one vendor.

“Our differentiated programmable solutions portfolio, including the SmartFusion2 SoC and PolarFire® FPGA, is gaining rapid acceptance in the communications and industrial infrastructure market,” said Bruce Weyer, vice president and business unit manager for programmable devices at Microsemi. “This tightly integrated solution with our class-leading timing and PHY components will further increase our momentum in these markets where highly accurate timing synchronization is becoming a clear requirement.”

The IEEE 1588 timing synchronization module blends Microsemi’s expertise in nanosecond-level accurate timestamping for IEEE 1588 via the VSC8575 Ethernet PHY; embedded IEEE 1588 protocol engine and servo via its SmartFusion2 SoC FPGA host processor; and high precision clock generation, holdover and reference switching via its ZL30363 system synchronizer. The solution is addressed via a command line interface to minimize software integration efforts. The combination of these capabilities makes the new solution ideal for applications within the industrial networking, smart grids, communications, defense and data center markets. Depending on the applications holdover and reliability requirements, either an XO, TCXO or OCXO can be used to provide holdover supported by the IEEE 1588 timing synchronization module.

According to a 2017 GNSS Market Report, issue 5, the timing capability offered by satellite navigation systems is at the core of most vital infrastructures; telecom networks operation, energy distribution, financial transactions and TV broadcast are some examples of areas where a global navigation satellite system (GNSS) is used for timing or synchronization purposes. The annual shipments of GNSS devices used in the timing and synchronization market will exceed 300,000 units in 2017 and are expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.3 percent over 2017-2025. Catering to this growth opportunity, Microsemi’s new IEEE 1588 timing synchronization module is designed specifically for such applications, which require much more precise timing, including base stations and small cell markets for 5G, 4G, 4G LTE, LTE-Advanced, microwave and millimeter wave based fixed wireless networks, smart grids and secure edge networks.

Other key features of Microsemi’s new IEEE 1588 timing synchronization module include:

  • High accuracy timestamping of less than 4 nanoseconds
  • Frequency and phase synchronization
  • Holdover with initial accuracy of <1ppb and long-term holdover of 1.5µs over 24 hours using the appropriate performance OCXO
  • Hitless reference switching
  • Precision frequency and phase control
  • Multiple profiles, including IEEE 1588-2008 Annex J.3 End-to-End
  • IEEE 1588-2008 Annex J.4 Peer-to-Peer
  • IEEE C37.238-2011 Power Profile
  • ITU-T G.8275.1 Telecom Profile for Phase
  • ITU-T G.8265.1 Telecom Profile for Frequency

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