Extension system for migrating to a modern synchronisation and timing systems architecture

10-06-2024 | Microchip Technology | Test & Measurement

Microchip Technology has announced the new TimeProvider XT Extension System, a fan-out shelf used with redundant TimeProvider 4100 grandmasters to migrate legacy BITS/SSU equipment to a modular and resilient architecture. The system provides operators with a clear path to replace existing SONET/SDH frequency synchronisation equipment while adding timing and phase, which are crucial for 5G networks.

As an accessory device to the company's widely deployed TimeProvider 4100 grandmaster, each TimeProvider XT shelf is configured with two distribution modules and two plug-in modules to supply 40 fully redundant and individually programmable outputs with synchronisations designed to meet ITU-T G.823 for wander and jitter control. Operators can connect up to five XT shelves to scale up to 200 fully redundant T1/E1/CC communication outputs. All configuration, status monitoring and alarm reporting is done via the TimeProvider 4100 grandmaster. This new solution enables operators to consolidate their critical frequency, timing and phase necessities onto a single modern platform, saving maintenance and service costs.

"With the new TimeProvider XT Extension, network operators can take advantage of state-of-the-art technology that is reliable, scalable and flexible to either overlay or replace their SONET/SDH synchronisation systems," said Randy Brudzinski, vice president of Microchip's frequency and time systems business unit. "The XT solution is an attractive investment for network operators because it is more than just a replacement for legacy BITS/SSU equipment; it also adds PRTC functionality, delivering frequency, time and phase for next-generation networks."

This solution is compatible with DCD, SSU 2000, TSG-3800, and TimeHub systems' wire-wrap and output panels, so network elements do not have to be rewired. This can save network operators substantial deployment time and resources while lowering costs.

The system has a CC input that allows for live in-service CC phase cutovers, which are typically performed during maintenance windows to ensure that network synchronisation is maintained. The system requires the TimeProvider 4100 grandmaster to be running the latest version 2.4 firmware.

The TimeProvider XT Extension is supported by TimePictra Management Software, a web-based tool to manage and monitor synchronisation architectures.


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