Symmetricom debuts IEEE 1588 Version 2 carrier-class grandmaster clock

MARCH 26, 2008 --TimeProvider 5000 is a "purpose built" IEEE 1588 Version 2 carrier-class grandmaster clock designed to meet the most stringent timing and synchronization requirements of next-generation network applications, including Ethernet backhaul, circuit emulation, and PONs, say Symmetricom representatives.

MARCH 26, 2008 -- Symmetricom Inc. (search for Symmetricom), developer of precise time and frequency technologies that accelerate the deployment and enable the management of next-generation networks, today announced TimeProvider 5000, the newest product in the company's portfolio of carrier-grade, packet-based timing and frequency products.

According to Symmetricom representatives, TimeProvider 5000 is a "purpose built" IEEE 1588 Version 2 carrier-class grandmaster clock designed to meet the most stringent timing and synchronization requirements of next-generation network applications, including Ethernet backhaul, circuit emulation, and passive optical networks (PONs).

TimeProvider 5000 is ideally suited for deployment at Radio Network Controller (RNC) and Base Station Controller (BSC) sites where rack space and real estate are extremely limited, say company representatives. TimeProvider 5000 incorporates hardware-based time stamping, providing a high level of timing and frequency accuracy over a range of wireline and wireless applications.

"Timing and synchronization is a critical component for the reliability of next-generation networks as service providers migrate away from traditional T1/E1 network infrastructures in order to reduce their operating expenses while simultaneously increasing network capacity to handle bandwidth-hungry applications such as video streaming and IPTV," contends Gurdip Jande, senior vice president of marketing for Symmetricom. "For the most stringent timing requirements of today's emerging packet-based next-generation networks, TimeProvider 5000 enables service providers to roll out new, feature-rich services while simultaneously providing the highest quality-of-service levels," he says.

The company says its TimeProvider 5000 provides the following key features and benefits:

• IEEE 1588 v2 Grandmaster, which adheres to the latest IEEE 1588 v2 standard, including the provisioning of telecom profile extensions for telecommunications-based applications;
• Hardware time stamping for higher precision, accuracy, and capacity;
• A compact 1RU footprint, which is ideal for locations where real estate and rack space are limited;
• Precise timing and synchronization over Ethernet, enabling a smooth migration to Ethernet, which results in significant backhaul cost savings without sacrificing quality of service;
• Hardware redundancy for six nines reliability (99.9999%);
• High packets-per-second throughput for scalability from small to large distributed networks;
• Multi-vendor client support, facilitating interoperability with multiple vendors' PTP clients, including Semtech, Imsys, and Zarlink, as well as Symmetricom's 1588 to T1/E1 Translator; and
• Rubidium and Quartz options, enabling service providers and network equipment manufacturers to choose the optimal level of holdover capacity based on network performance, application and cost requirements.

"The transition from TDM-based backhaul is just beginning," reports Godfrey Chua, research manager, wireless and mobile infrastructure at IDC. "Without an appropriate timing solution capable of working over PTP, NTP, or Synchronous Ethernet, these next-generation networks cannot be optimized for peak performance. The TimeProvider 5000 is a great example of a product that enables timing in next-generation networks and will help fuel the strong growth we expect to see in this market over the next five years," he adds.

TimeProvider 5000 is currently available for trials with volume shipments beginning in the third quarter 2008. Pricing is available upon request. 


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