Microchip introduces TimeProvider XT Extension system

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Microchip Technology has unveiled 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 more resilient architecture.

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The TimeProvider XT provides operators with a clear path to replace existing SONET/SDH frequency synchronisation equipment while adding timing and phase, essential for 5G networks.

It provides critical infrastructure communication networks with highly accurate and resilient synchronisation and timing and provides a simple migration route from older systems tomore modern architectures.

As an accessory device to Microchip’s TimeProvider 4100 grandmaster, each TimeProvider XT shelf is configured with two distribution modules and two plug-in modules to provide 40 fully redundant and individually programmable outputs with synchronisation designed to meet ITU-T G.823 for wander and jitter control.

Operators can connect as many as five XT shelves to scale up to 200 fully redundant T1/E1/CC communication outputs.

In addition, all configuration, status monitoring and alarm reporting is done via the TimeProvider 4100 grandmaster allowing operators to consolidate their critical frequency, timing and phase requirements 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 that network elements do not have to be rewired. This can save network operators significant deployment time and resources while reducing costs.

The TimeProvider XT has a Composite Clock (CC) input which allows for live in-service CC phase cutovers, which are typically performed during maintenance windows to ensure that the synchronisation in a network is maintained. The TimeProvider XT 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 synchronization architectures.