TimeProvider 5000

TimeProvider 5000 Carrier grade, packet-based timing and synchronisation

Product Information

Carrier grade, packet-based timing and synchronisation

Originally developed to support edge timing for 3G networks, the TimeProvider 5000 from Microchip is a high capacity PTP and NTP clock built on a fully resilient architecture for 4G, LTE, 5G and DOCSIS 3.1 applications

TimeProvider 5000® and TimeProvider® expansion series

The NTP server option and expansion shelf capabilities, that include PTP and SyncE, make this synchronisation and timing system futureproof. A carrier-grade design with flexible capabilities is vital to enable circuit to packet network migration for high-speed data services and wireless backhaul, and to deliver 4G/LTE, LTE-Advanced, 5G wireless, as well as broadband multimedia to the network edge and customer premise. The latest release includes IPv6 options for PTP and NTP services, as well as expanded GNSS support options including GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, and Galileo.

High performance for carrier-grade applications

Combining the functionality of a highly accurate IEEE 1588 grandmaster clock with E1/T1 and 10 MHz/1 pps I/O ports in a high-performance, yet compact 1RU footprint, TimeProvider 5000 adheres to the latest IEEE 1588 PTP standard including the provisioning of telecom profile extensions for telecommunications-based applications and meets applicable performance requirements of the ITU-T G.8272 standard for a Primary Reference Time Clock (PRTC).

Fully redundant equipment, high network availability

With redundant Input/Output Clock (IOC) cards, TimeProvider 5000 provides protection far superior to “network redundancy” models that must re-acquire synchronisation from a different grandmaster located elsewhere in the network. Modular construction also yields better serviceability and a lower mean-time-to-restore than sealed, self-contained units.

High client capacity, high message rate

TimeProvider 5000, with hardware-based time stamping and packet processing, delivers high client capacity at full rates: up to 2,000 clients at up to 128 messages per second. The synchronisation performance does not degrade with increases in the number of clients until this capacity limit is reached.

Improved QoS and Packet-Based Network Performance

Designed to handle the most stringent timing requirements of today’s packet-based, next-generation networks, TimeProvider 5000 enables service providers to roll out feature-rich, lower-cost, packet-based services without sacrificing timing accuracy or quality of service.

Optional quartz and rubidium oscillators

TimeProvider 5000 is available with both quartz and rubidium oscillator options enabling service providers and network equipment manufacturers to choose the optimal level of holdover based on network performance, applications requirements, and equipment cost targets.

NTP server option

TimeProvider 5000 PTP grandmaster offers a licensed software option to enable carrier-grade, hardware-based NTP server capabilities, allowing network providers to simultaneously support both PTP and NTP clients in the network. The NTP server can support up to 120,000 transactions per second.

TimeProvider® Expansion Capabilities

TimeProvider 5000 serves as the base unit in a “rack and stack” configuration with TimeProvider expansion shelves. Up to ten expansion units can be deployed in any combination. With two high-precision DTI ports for inter-shelf connections and redundant power connections, the expansion units also provide the performance and protection needed to ensure maximum service availability and network uptime.

TimeProvider® Expansion 10

The TimeProvider Expansion 10 shelf adds up to 16 Gigabit Ethernet ports that simultaneously support PTP and SyncE. The PTP profile is aligned with the developing ITU standard for time and phase. With SyncE to frequency synchronise the transport network and PTP for time and phase to base stations, the TimeProvider Expansion 10 is a complete solution for mobile networks as they evolve into technologies such as LTE-TDD and LTE-Advanced.

TimeProvider Expansion 10 uses hardware-based time stamping and packet processing to support up to 400,000 PTP multicast clients. The SyncE implementation includes support for the Ethernet Synchronization Message Channel (ESMC).

TimeProvider® Expansion 30

Even as networks transition to packet, the need to synchronise elements using the frequency and interfaces of the traditional TDM network remains. The TimeProvider Expansion 30 shelf is equipped with twelve E1/2.048MHz and twelve 1 PPS/TOD output ports, allowing carriers to provide synchronisation for all their equipment from a single TimeProvider stack.

Originally developed to support edge timing for 3G networks, the TimeProvider 5000 is a high capacity PTP and NTP clock built on a fully resilient architecture for 4G, LTE, 5G and DOCSIS 3.1 applications

The Chronos difference

Chronos has been enabling communications service providers to build stable, resilient, and reliable network infrastructure for over 30 years. Contact our team to discuss your carrier grade, packet-based timing, and synchronisation requirements.

Key Features

  • Up to 10 expansion shelves in any combination with a TimeProvider® 5000 base unit
  • Up to 16 Ethernet ports per TimeProvider® Expansion10 shelf with PTP and SyncE support
  • 12 E1 and 12 1 PPS/TOD ports per TimeProvider® Expansion30 shelf
  • Redundant, high precision shelf interconnection
  • Compact 1RU footprint
  • RoHS compliant