Time Synchronisation for Power

Time Synchronisation for Power

Time Synchronisation for Power

The Meinberg modular time synchronisation system, available from APC Time, can be configured to a mix of outputs for different devices including IEDs and SCADA systems.

Our IMS (Intelligent Modular Synchronisation) platform provides the ability to select a combination of IRIG timecode outputs, pulses and frequencies to suit substation component requirements. In addition, NTP/SNTP as well as PTP network synchronisation interfaces can be added, making it the a perfect choice for substation automation and smart grid applications like synchrophasors and event recording.

The 1U rackmount LANTIME M1000 can play different roles, depending on its configuration and module selection. Supported by Meinberg‘s IRSA (Intelligent Reference Switching Algorithm) technology, the M1000 can use GPS, GLONASS, 1PPS or IRIG time codes as its synchronisation sources and can also accept PTP and even NTP in a user configurable priority.

The PTP implementation supports the PTP default profile (IEEE 1588-Annex J) as well as several power profile versions, including IEEE C37.238-2011. The Utility profile as standardised in IEC 62439-3 Annex B is also supported.

PTP Synchronisation

If desired, a second TSU module can be used to synchronise the LANTIME M1000 with a remote telecom profile grandmaster over a wide area network link. The performance of the TSU module allows to synchronise hundreds of IEDs or other PTP slaves when operating as a power profile or utility profile grandmaster clock.

NTP Synchronisation

For (S)NTP-based synchronization, the CPU and the TSU modul network interfaces of the LANTIME M1000 can be configured to act as a NTP server. The TSU Carrier Grade NTP mode offers a 10 ns time stamp accuracy, and serves up to 12000 NTP requests per second while the Software NTP service of the CPU module supports up to 10000 requests per second with sub-millisecond accuracy.

Below is a sample LANTIME M1000 configuration that provides various time code, pulse and frequency outputs on both electrical and optical interfaces.

The modular approach of the IMS platform allows field-replacement and hot-swap capability for IO modules and power supplies. This concept future-proofs your technology investment by allowing you to add or replace modules when new technologies or interfaces are required and makes this product one of the most scalable and flexible synchronisation solutions on the market.

Key features of timing solution for power applications:

  • GNSS (GPS and/or GLONASS) synchronised network time server
  • IEEE 1588 Grandmaster (multi-profile including IEEE 1588-2008, IEEE
  • C37.238-2011, IEC 61588 and IEC 62439-3 Annex B)
  • 10/100/1000 GBit PTP interfaces (SFP/RJ45)
  • (S)NTP time server with HW time stamping
  • IRIG and AFNOR time codes (DCLS and AM) in/out
  • 1PPS in/out
  • PTP and NTP input
  • DC and AC power supplies
  • Electrical and fiber optic interfaces for various pulses and frequencies
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2 Power Inputs: 100-240 V AC, 50-60 Hz; 100-240 V DC 20-72 V DC – 5pin DFK (option)

1 GNSS Input:
 BNC for Meinberg GPS antenna/converter SMA for GPS/GLONASS L1 (option)

1 Fast Ethernet: 10/100 BASE-T RJ45:
Management and net-based alarms NTP Server (10.000 req/sec)
NTP Input

4 GBit Ethernet: 10/100/1000 BASE-T RJ45: NTP Server and Management

1 GBit Ethernet: 100/1000 BASE-T (RJ45/SFP Combo Port) PTP/SyncE (Input or Output),
Hardware NTP Server (12.000 req/sec)

4 Fixed Outputs: BNC 50 Ohm

4 Configurable Outputs: 850nm FO outputs, ST connectors
Progr. Pulses, multi data formats timestrings software selectable

1 ToD Output: RS232 DS9 connector, serial time strings

IMS - Modules

CPU-C051F – NTP and Management Module

Processor: AMD GeodeTM LX 800
(500 MHz, 128 KB L2 cache, 3.6 W) 10000 req/s

Main Memory: Onboard 256 MByte

Cache Memory: 16 KB 2nd Level Cache

Flash Disk: 1 GB

Configuration: Web GUI, CLI, SNMP,RADIUS,TACACS+

PWR-AD10 – Power Supply

Nominal Voltage: 100-240 V AC, 50-60 Hz; 100-240 V DC

Voltage Range: AC: 90-265 V, 47-63 Hz; DC: 90-250 V

Output Current: max. 10.0 A, min. 0.15 A

internal, T2.5 A / 250 V

Protective Class: Class 1

Power Connector: 5pin DFK

LEDs: green, diameter 5mm, on if output OK

Hotplug: yes

BPE-1000 – Backplane Port Expander (Frontend / Backend)

Output Signals: fixed: 4 x female BNC connector PPS, 10 MHz, IRIG DCLS, IRIG AM

CPE-5000 – Configurable Port Expander (Frontend / Backend)

Selectable Output Signals: Programable Pulses (Cyclic Pulse, Timer, PPS, PPM, PPH, DCF77 Marks, TimeSync, DCLS Time Code, Freq.Synth)

Outputs: 850nm FO output, ST connectors
(GI 50/125μm or GI 62,5/125μm gradient fibre)
IEEE1588 / SyncE / NTP Time Stamp Unit with Gigabit Ethernet

 1 GHz Dual Core

Connector Types: Combo Port SFP/RJ45

Link Speed: 100/1000 Mbit (Copper), 1GBit (SFP)

Accuracy: 10 ns time stamp resolution

Profiles: IEEE 1588v2 Default Profile
IEEE C.37.238 Power Profile
IEC 61588, IEC 62439-3 Annex B)
ITU-T G.8265.1 Telecom Frequency Profile ITU-T G.8275.1 Telecom Phase/Time Profile SMPTE ST 2059-2 Broadcast Profile

PTP Modes: Layer 2, Layer 3
End-To-End, Peer-To-Peer Delay Mechanisms

NTP: Carrier Grade NTP Server mode with 10 ns time stamp accuracy

SyncE: ITU-T G.8261, G.8262 and G.8264 (ESMC) Master and Slave

Clock Modes: 1-Step and 2-Step in Master or Slave Mode

Protocols: IPv4, IPv6, DSCP, VLAN (802.1q)

GPS180 – 12 channel GPS C/A-code receiver

Time/Phase Accuracy: compliant to ITU-T G.8272
Primary Reference Time Clock (PRTC) < ±100 ns (TCXO, OCXO LQ)
< ±50 ns (OCXO-SQ, -MQ, -HQ, -DHQ)

Frequency Accuracy: ITU-T G.811 (in GPS locked mode)

Antenna Cable: shielded coax

Cable length: max. 300 m to RG58, max. 700 m to RG213

Antenna Connector: BNC female

Input GPS: Antenna circuit, 1000 V DC insulated

Local Oscillator to Converter Frequency: 10 MHz1

First IF Frequency: 35.4 MHz1
1) these frequencies are transferred via the antenna cable.

Power Requirements: 15 V, 100 mA (via antenna cable)

ACM – Active Cooling Module

The Active Cooling Module allows the installation of the M1000 safely within the temperature specification. The ACM is easily field-replaceable and allows for a hot-plug replacement without the need to power down the unit.


Form Factor: 19“ metal chassis, 1 U/84 HP
(483 mm wide x 43 mm high x 285 mm deep)

Ambient Temperature: 0 … 50°C / 32 … 122°F

Humidity: Max. 85%

All our time servers come with a wide range of customisation option.

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