Maxim intros Stratum 3 timing-card IC

MARCH 5, 2008 -- The DS3102 is a timing-card IC that provides full carrier-class, Stratum 3 clock synchronization for G.8262-compliant synchronous Ethernet (Sync-E) equipment.

MARCH 5, 2008 -- Maxim Integrated Products (search for Maxim) has unveiled the DS3102, a timing-card IC that provides full carrier-class, Stratum 3 clock synchronization for G.8262-compliant synchronous Ethernet (Sync-E) equipment. This device is built on Maxim's second-generation, DSP-based, digital PLL (DPLL) technology -- the same technology used in Maxim's DS3104-SE line-card timing IC.

The DS3102 features two independent DPLLs: one for creating the main system clock, the other for generating derived DS1/E1 clocks to send to an external BITS/SSU through DS1/E1 transceivers such as the DS26502 or DS26504. This device is designed to provide "impressive frequency agility," while supporting all common system clock rates for SONET/SDH, PDH, Sync-E, and wireless base stations. The DS3102 is targeted at timing cards in a variety of wireline and wireless systems, including ADMs, digital cross-connects, carrier-class switches and routers, wireless base stations, DSLAMs, and multiservice access nodes.

The DS3102 continually monitors up to eight input clocks, each of which can be assigned to either of the two internal DPLLs. Inputs are continually monitored for activity and frequency and can be automatically qualified and disqualified by the device according to configurable criteria. The eight clock inputs accept all common telecom clock rates, as well as all multiples of 2 kHz up to 131.072 MHz, and all multiples of 8 kHz up through 155.52 MHz (differential) or 125 MHz (single-ended).

The DS3102 can simultaneously produce a total of seven output-clock frequencies plus 2-kHz and 8-kHz frame pulses. Each output clock can be frequency locked to either of the two DPLLs for maximum flexibility. The output clocks have the same frequency options as the input clocks, plus differential-signal rates as high as 312.5 MHz. In addition, programmable synthesis engines can produce any multiple of 2 kHz up to 77.76 MHz, any multiple of 8 kHz up to 311.04 MHz, any multiple of 10 kHz up to 388.79 MHz, and many other frequencies as needed.

The DS3102 has an SPI-compatible serial interface and is packaged in an 81-lead, 10x10-mm BGA. It has the same package and pin arrangement as the DS3104-SE line-card timing IC, making the two ICs drop-in replacements for one another. The DS3102 is fully specified over the -40 degrees Celsius to +85 degrees Celsius industrial temperature range, and a RoHS-compliant package option is available.

Prices start at $35.20 (1000-up, FOB USA). A demo kit is available for device evaluation.

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