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IEEE 1588 system integration with timing solution

19th November 2020
Alex Lynn

Silicon Labs has announced a new complete solution designed to simplify implementation of IEEE 1588 in communications, smart grid, financial trading and industrial applications.

Silicon Labs’ ClockBuilder ProTM software, a highly versatile software tool, enables designers to accelerate development of IEEE 1588 system integration by combining PTP profile selection, PTP network configuration, and physical-layer clock/port configuration in a single, unified software utility.

“Silicon Labs is committed to providing the industry’s most simplified solutions to ease the adoption of IEEE 1588,” said James Wilson, General Manager of Timing Products at Silicon Labs. “Extending ClockBuilder Pro support to our IEEE 1588 modules helps customers accelerate time to market while eliminating the system design challenges associated with less integrated solutions.”

The adoption of IEEE 1588 packet-based time synchronisation is proliferating beyond communication networks into an increasingly broad range of emerging applications where system designers may have limited prior experience with timing and synchronisation. One key design challenge facing engineers is optimising IEEE 1588 system-level performance, a function of board-level hardware/software design as well as network impairments, such as the packet delay variation caused by changing traffic loads.

Silicon Labs’ ClockBuilder Pro provides a robust, reliable solution by combining PTP profile selection, clock/port programming and simple control of Silicon Labs’ AccuTimeTM IEEE 1588 software to configure operation for a wide variety of network conditions and topologies.

Silicon Labs IEEE 1588 modules are standards-compliant with telecom (G.8265.1, G.8275.1 and G.8275.2), power (IEEE C37.238-2011 and 2017), broadcast video (SMPTE 2059.2), and default profiles while meeting the stringent timing and synchronisation requirements outlined in ITU-T G.8261, G.8273.2 (T-BC, T-TSC), G.8273.4 (T-BC-P and T-TSC-P), G.8262, G.812, G.813 and Telcordia GR-1244-CORE / GR-253-CORE.

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