PTP Network Interface Cards

PTP Network Interface Cards

PTP Network Interface Cards

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syn1588® PCIe NIC

The syn1588® PCIe NIC from Oregano Systems is a PCI Express Gbit network interface card with IEEE1588 hardware support. A PC (workstation or server) equipped with the syn1588® PCIe NIC receives highly accurate time (accuracy 10 ns) independent from network utilisation and CPU load without real-time requirements for the node’s operating system.

The syn1588® PCIe NIC acts as a standard 10/100/1000 MBit/s Network Interface Card (NIC). Beside the standard function of sending and receiving Ethernet packets the syn1588® PCIe NIC includes dedicated hardware to implement high accuracy clock synchronisation following the IEEE1588 standard.

The syn1588® PCIe NIC includes a full featured IEEE1588 hardware clock as well as complex timestamping hardware. All time critical elements of an IEEE1588 system are embedded in the syn1588® PCIe NIC thus removing all timing constraints from the software. There are no real-time requirements for the operating system or the software stack. Due to its special structure the CPU load for the required IEEE1588 stack (e.g. Oregano Systems syn1588® PTP Stack) is negligible.

syn1588® PCIe NIC System Features
  • Clock synchronisation accuracy better than 10 ns
  • Local hardware clock and optionally synchronized system clock
  • Timestamping of:
    • user defined Ethernet packets
    • external (hardware) events
    • internal (software) events
  • Optional interrupt on timestamp event
  • Hardware support for dense timestamp events
  • Generation of:
    • programmable frequency
    • 1 PPS
    • pseudo GPS data stream
    • IRIG-B
  • On-board jitter-cleaner PLL allowing generation of synchronized clean, accurate high-speed clocks
  • Master or slave operation
  • Synchronisation in master mode to absolute time reference (e.g. GPS receiver)
  • Several high precision oscillator options
  • Software for Windows/Linux/FreeBSD
syn1588® PCIe NIC Applications

Application: Distribute accurate time to IEEE1588 slaves

PCs equipped with the syn1588® PCIe NIC synchronise their local hardware clock with an accuracy of 10 ns or better to the absolute time information distributed by an IEEE1588 grandmaster.

Application: Implement an IEEE1588 grandmaster

A PC equipped with the syn1588® PCIe NIC may act as an IEEE1588 Grandmaster on your network. The syn1588® PCIe NIC may synchronise its local hardware clock to an external absolute time reference like e.g. a GPS receiver.

syn1588® PCIe NIC Technical Features
  • 1-lane PCI Express low-profile card (version 2.0, compatible with 1.1)
  • 10/100/1000 MBit/s Ethernet NIC
  • Standard copper network or SFP type fibre interface
  • Sophisticated CPU interface removing timing constraints from the control software (allows using non-real-time operating systems)
  • Two user programmable input/output signals on SMA connectors on PCI bracket (trigger, 1 PPS, period, event)
  • Two more user programmable input/output signals available internally
  • Generation of user defined periodical signals (frequencies)
  • Generation of user defined a-periodical signals (single events)
  • Generation of 1PPS signal and IRIG-B data stream
  • Timestamping of dense external hardware events
  • On-board jitter cleaner PLL for generation of accurate, high-speed clock signals (up to 156 MHz)
  • New with revision 2.1: Optionally external clock input that drives the syn1588®
  • User programmable time stamper for Ethernet packets
  • Oregano Systems’ patented 1-step timestamping
  • VLAN and IPv6 support for IEEE1588 packet processing including 1-step operation
  • Stable TCXO oscillator (better than 1 ppm) to improve stability & accuracy
  • Optionally high precision, high-stability OCXO oscillator (better than 0.1 ppm) to further improve long-term stability and accuracy
  • Driver software for Windows/Linux/FreeBSD
  • syn1588® PTP stack run-time license included (for Windows/Linux/FreeBSD)
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syn1588® NIC Box

The syn1588® NIC box from Oregano Systems simplifies using PTP, enabling you to run a full featured IEEE1588 node without any hardware or software installation.

The syn1588 NIC box provides a reliable accurate PTP node as a complete solution. A Linux based PC in a 19” 1HE case holding the patented syn1588® PCIe NIC. All required software is pre-installed and pre-configured so that the NIC box can simply be powered and connected to your network.

The front panel display of the syn1588® NIC box informs you about the basic parameters and status of your PTP node, negating the need to connect a monitor or remotely log into the unit.

The syn1588® NIC box is a highly versatile, high performance PTP node capable of delivering a variety of precise timing signals. Aside from a standard 1 pulse per second, two arbitrary frequencies as well as an IRIG-B signal can be generated. It is designed to receive or transmit timing information over an Ethernet network using the Precision Time Protocol (PTP) defined in IEEE 1588-2008.

syn1588® NIC Box System Features
  • Fully encapsulated PTP solution
  • No installation nor configuration required to initially setup a PTP node
  • GUI based PTP software
  • Clock synchronisation accuracy better than 10 ns
  • Timestamping of:
    • user defined Ethernet packets
    • external (hardware) events
  • Optional interrupt on timestamp event
  • Generation of:
    • programmable frequency
    • 1 PPS
    • pseudo GPS data stream
    • IRIG-B
  • High-precision, high-stability oscillator option available (OCXO)
  • Linux operating system
syn1588® NIC Box Applications

Application: PTP node out of the box

If you require a PTP node but do not want to install hardware, software, drivers: The syn1588® NIC Box is a easy to use pre-configured PTP node. The 19″ rack mount case allows easy integration into your server environment.

 

Application: SMPTE video sync box

If you need a SMPTE ST2059-1/2 compatible node including generation of video sync signals: The syn1588® NIC Box is a simple to use pre-configured PTP solution ideally suited for SMPTE time transfer applications. Oregano Systems proven syn1588® technology is driving the standard for these applications.

syn1588® NIC Box Technical Features
  • 1 HE 19″ rack mount case
  • 10/100/1000 MBit/s Ethernet network interface
  • Two user programmable input/output signals on SMA connectors on PCI bracket (trigger, 1 PPS, period, event)
  • Generation of user defined periodical signals (frequencies)
  • Generation of user defined a-periodical signals (single events)
  • Generation of 1PPS signal and IRIG-B data stream
  • Timestamping of dense external hardware events
  • Jitter cleaner PLL for generation of accurate, high-speed clock signals (up to 156 MHz)
  • Optionally external clock input that drives the syn1588®
  • User programmable time stamper for Ethernet packets
  • Oregano Systems’ patented 1-step timestamping
  • VLAN and IPv6 support for IEEE1588 packet processing including 1-step operation
  • Stable TCXO oscillator (better than 1 ppm) to improve stability & accuracy
  • Optionally high precision, high-stability OCXO oscillator (better than 0.1 ppm) to further improve long-term stability and accuracy
  • Simple easy-to-use GUI based PTP software

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