TimeProvider 4500 Grandmaster

Microchip TimeProvider 4500 Grandmaster

Product Information

Introducing the TimeProvider® 4500 Series — the Ultimate Grandmaster Platform for Precision, High-Speed Networking, and Expanded Capacity

The TimeProvider 4500 series from Microchip revolutionises connectivity by seamlessly integrating with various generations of network elements, safeguarding earlier hardware investments. Operators can effortlessly connect the TP4500 to a variety of network devices, including 1 GbE, 10 GbE, and 25 GbE interfaces. As network infrastructures evolve to support speeds of up to 100 Gbps, TimeProvider 4500’s high-speed bandwidth ensures compatibility with cutting-edge systems.

Boasting exceptional PTP capacity, the TimeProvider 4500’s robust hardware platform enables unparalleled scalability, catering to thousands of clients. Whether optimising 5G mmWave technology or facilitating C-band 5G deployments, the TP4500 provides a scalable and cost-effective solution, adapting effortlessly to diverse network demands.

With its remarkable time accuracy, the TimeProvider 4500 emerges as a superior alternative to GNSS, offering a terrestrial option that leverages existing optical network deployments to deliver precise time over extended distances without the need for GPS installations at each node. The TP4500 serves as a pivotal product in enabling the virtual PRTC (vPRTC) architecture alongside the BlueSky™ Firewall, TimeCesium®, TimePictra®, and TP4100.

As the successor to the TP4100, the advanced TP4500 hardware platform introduces new capabilities while seamlessly supporting all predecessor features, ensuring maximum return on investment.

Explore Microchip’s video tutorial introducing the groundbreaking TimeProvider 4500 grandmaster, a hardware timekeeping platform engineered to deliver high-speed network interfaces of up to 25 Gbps, ensuring unparalleled time accuracy of less than one nanosecond.

TimeProvider 4500 Grandmaster Benefits

High-Speed Connectivity

The TP4500 offers high-speed ports eliminating the need for expansion hardware modules, with options ranging from 1 GbE to 25 GbE network interfaces. Future-proofing is enabled through compatibility with 100 GbE QSFP28 breakout cables.

High Accuracy and Stability

Delivering high accuracy and low phase noise, the TP4500’s 10 MHz and 1 PPS ports ensure exceptional stability even in challenging environments.

Holdover Performance Choice

Choose from three oscillator options to maintain operations during GNSS downtime or compromise.


Dual-power input, fanless operation, multi-band GNSS support, and patented thermal compensation technology ensure robustness and reliability.

Security and Anti-Jamming, Anti-Spoofing Protection

Compliance with industry standards for AAA and IEEE 1588-2019 v2.1 security standards ensures robust protection against threats.

Synchronisation Management and Monitoring

Fully managed by TimePictra® synchronisation management system and via Command Line Interface (CLI) with an intuitive webGUI for user-friendly configuration and monitoring.

Enhanced Primary Reference Time Clock (ePRTC)

Software-enabled ePRTC operation mode meets stringent time accuracy requirements without additional hardware, ensuring seamless integration.

The Chronos difference

The TimeProvider 4500 series joins Microchip’s portfolio of IEEE-1588 Precision Time Protocol (PTP) grandmaster clocks, offering industry-leading performance and value, scaling from low-density indoor applications to high-capacity 5G network timing requirements. The product is available now, contact our team for more information.

Key Features

  • Latest generation synthesiser for precision in the picosecond realm
  • PolarFire® SoC FPGA for enhanced performance
  • Enhanced IEEE 1588 scalability supporting thousands of clients
  • Compatibility with Precision Time Protocol (PTP), Network Time Protocol (NTP), and SyncE
  • Compliance with Primary Reference Time Clock (PRTC) Class A, Class B, and enhanced PRTC (ePRTC) requirements, exceeding Class D for multi-domain boundary clocks
  • Fanless passive thermal operation ensuring reliability
  • Redundancy via software mechanisms utilising two active and standby units
  • Patented Assisted Partial Timing Support (APTS) with Automatic Asymmetry Compensation (AAC)
  • Strong security features and performance monitoring