Chronos' Chronos Partner Microchip launches TimeProvider 4100 Precise Timing Gateway Clock 

Lydbrook, Gloucestershire UK 9 November 2017 – Chronos Technology’s partner Microchip has launched TimeProvider 4100, a highly flexible IEEE™ 1588 Precision Time Protocol (PTP) grandmaster clock designed to scale from the edge to the aggregation layers of both mobile infrastructure and access networks.

Mobile operators face tough requirements to drastically increase mobile bandwidth while efficiently leveraging the available spectrum. Cellular networks using only frequency synchronisation waste significant spectrum, whereas newer deployments require phase sync for efficient spectrum usage and interference mitigation in increasingly densified networks. Phase synchronisation is imperative for next-generation service deployment. To that end, operators need timing solutions capable of supporting legacy infrastructure and evolving network needs. Microchip's TimeProvider 4100 is engineered to provide phase to today's 4G, LTE and LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) deployments, as well as tomorrow's cRAN evolutions and 5G networks.

Primarily targeting the mobile market, operators and data centres for mobile operator environments, over time the TimeProvider 4100's platform will also serve mobile network needs associated with machine-to-machine (M2M), internet of things (IoT) and autonomous vehicle applications. The device's platform can be expanded through an internal module, providing customer savings such as power and rack space, and enables great scalability through sub-tenancy mechanisms. TimeProvider 4100 also features port fan-out which can be flexibly used for PTP, NTP, E1/T1, 1 pulse per second (PPS), time of day (ToD) and 10 megahertz (MHz) at the aggregation layer.

Importantly, the new device's flexibility does not compromise its performance and feature set, and meets stringent precise timing requirements, including complying with primary reference time clock (PRTC) and the latest time and phase ITU-T and IEEE industry standards. It supports GNSS constellations including GPS, GLONASS, Galileo and BeiDou. Available upgrades include oscillator options for enhanced holdover performance and an internal expansion module which adds 16 E1/T1 BITS ports to the device. The TimeProvider 4100 also accepts PTP input with assisted partial timing support (APTS) to back up the GNSS signal in case of signal loss for high resiliency of the solution by leveraging 1588v2 grandmasters already deployed at the core of the network.

TimeProvider 4100 can be managed through Microchip's timing and synchronisation management platform, TimePictra. In addition, for phase, service providers require more visibility about performance and health of the various network elements participating in the synchronization chain. TP4100 provides advanced monitoring capabilities, especially for IEEE 1588v2 PTP for phase, and leverages a WebGUI to present results and calculations for easier interpretation.

For more information and datasheets, please visit TimeProvider 4100

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