Microsemi Enhances IEEE 1588 Solution Offerings with Complete Telecom Profile for Phase Supporting Partially Aware Networks

ALISO VIEJO, CA -- Microsemi Corporation announces availability of a phase-compliant embedded solution enabling IEEE 1588 across a wide variety of applications. The API 4.7 release of the company's software suite adds support for the ITU-T G.8275.2 Precision Time Protocol (PTP) profile for timing and phase with partial timing support. This is complemented by new enhancements to Microsemi's TimeProvider® series TP2700 and TP5000 PTP Grandmaster system product lines. The new updates provide significant benefits to customers, allowing them to implement phase synchronization in switches and routers in networks which are not completely phase-aware, without having to replace unaware nodes or any major infrastructure in the network—reducing costs and improving time to market.

The new software release leverages Microsemi's synchronization expertise to provide a complete, high performance synchronization solution enabling IEEE 1588 across a wide variety of equipment and applications. Target applications include carrier/edge routers and wireless backhaul, for which Microsemi's IEEE 1588 solutions have been deployed with all major tier one communications equipment manufacturers since the standards inception in 2008.

Microsemi's TimeProvider series of PTP Grandmaster systems are deployed in over 300 networks worldwide to support packet based synchronization requirements in mobile networks. The new ITU-T G. 8275.2 PTP profile for timing and phase, with partial timing support, is designed to be compatible with existing carrier networks and synchronization assets to add additional time and phase support needed for evolving LTE requirements. With these devices, customers can leverage and expand their existing deployed solutions for PTP frequency synchronization to meet the new needs for time/phase synchronization.

According to market research firm IHS, the global total 1G/2.5G/10G/25G/40G/100G port market, which is facilitated by IEEE 1588 and includes enterprise Ethernet switches and routers, as well as other communications equipment, grew to $44 billion in 2015 with an average growth of 6 percent through 2020.

Microsemi's new software interfaces to Microsemi's time synchronization algorithm and software programmable clock generators, such as the ZL3034x, ZL3036x and ZL3072x product families of clock generation and Synchronous Ethernet (SyncE) devices. It also interfaces to 1588-capable PHY and switches with integrated timestamping.

Product Availability

Microsemi's phase-compliant solution is available now. For more information, visit http://www.microsemi.com/products/timing-and-synchronization/ieee-1588#ieee-1588-profiles  

For more information on Microsemi's timing and frequency product lines, visit http://www.microsemi.com/products/timing-synchronization-systems/time-frequency-distribution/network-appliances-servers/carrier-grade-ntp-and-ptp-solutions

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