Microsemi TimeProvider5000

Microchip TimeProvider 5000

TimeProvider 5000 Carrier grade, packet-based timing and synchronisation

The Microsemi TimeProvider 5000 PTP Grandmaster receives a GPS input as a primary reference for high-precision packet network synchronisation.

The TimeProvider® 5000 is an IEEE 1588 Precision Time Protocol (PTP) Grandmaster that enables communications service providers to build a stable, robust and reliable network infrastructure. An NTP server option and expansion shelf capabilities that include Synchronous Ethernet and an advanced PTP profile make this timing and synchronisation system capable of supporting network needs today and in the future. 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 3G, 4G/LTE and LTE-Advanced wireless, as well as broadband multimedia to the network edge and customer premise.

High Performance for Carrier Grade Applications

TimeProvider 5000 combines 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. It adheres to the latest IEEE 1588-2008 (PTPv2) 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 1,000 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

The TimeProvider 5000 is designed from the ground up to handle the most stringent timing requirements of today’s emerging packet-based, next-generation networks. It 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

The 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 is capable of supporting up to 20,000 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 to 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 Synchronisation 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 of their equipment from a single TimeProvider stack.

  • IEEE 1588-2008 Precision Time Protocol Grandmaster
  • Support for PTP telecom profiles
  • Redundant hardware (inputs, outputs, clock, power)
  • High capacity (up to 1,000 PTP clients)
  • High PTP message rate (up to 128 messages per second)
  • Compact 1RU footprint
  • Hardware-based packet processing
  • Single or dual GNSS (GPS) inputs
  • Stratum 1 traceable GPS
  • E1/T1 inputs and outputs
  • Input source priority switching
  • Optical and electrical interfaces (100/1000Base-T, 1000Base-SX, 1000Base-LX)
  • 10 MHz/1 pps support
  • Quartz and rubidium holdover clock options
  • Up to 500 VLANs per port with licensed software option
  • Dynamic and static PTP reservations
  • NTP software license option (up to 20,000 transactions per second)
  • Management via CLI, SNMP v2c/v3, TimePictra®
  • PTP probe licensed software option
  • RoHS compliant
  • TimeProvider Expansion platform support
  • Compatible with TimeProvider 2700, TimeProvider 2300, TimeProvider 500, Microsemi embedded PTP clients, and standards-based 3rd party PTP clients
TimeProvider Expansion Features
  • Up to ten expansion shelves in any combination with a TimeProvider 5000 base unit
  • 16 Ethernet ports per TimeProvider Expansion 10 shelf with SyncE support
  • Twelve E1 and Twelve 1 PPS/TOD ports per TimeProvider Expansion 30 shelf
  • Redundant, high-precision shelf interconnection
  • Compact 1RU footprint
  • RoHS compliant


  • Wireless Ethernet backhaul
  • 3G and 4G/LTE, LTE Advanced
  • WiMAX backhaul
  • Circuit Emulation Services
  • Passive Optical Networks (PON)
  • Legacy to NGN migration
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