Microsemi enhances SyncServer S600 time and frequency server for military radar

New hardware and software options for Microsemi’s SyncServer S600 series of time servers and instruments have been announced. The enhancements improve time synchronisation over enterprise Ethernet networks and supply timing signals for improved military radar operations and satellite uplink communications.

The SyncServer S600 series provides reliable and secure time for applications which include the precise, low phase noise 10MHz signals used in military radars and satellite uplinks. The timing signals enable radars to track difficult targets as well as to improve the quality and data throughput of satellite communications systems.

Enterprise and financial customers can also use the SyncServer S600 series to meet the timing and synchronisation needs of networks that are evolving, particularly for compliance purposes such as the European MiFID II directive, which specifies highly stringent time accuracy requirements for stock trading systems. Also applicable for laboratories and test and measurement companies, this latest release of Microsemi’s S600 hardware and software includes support for the IEEE 1588 multiport, multi-profile Precision Time Protocol (PTP), which allows the S600 to operate as an independent grandmaster clock on each Ethernet port. According to the company, this saves cost and network deployment flexibility, coupled with a 10GbE interface to interoperate with a wider variety of network and stock trading topologies.

The enhanced SyncServer S600 and S650 can be equipped with two 10GbE Ethernet small form-factor pluggable (SFP+) ports that are suitable for customers needing to maximise PTP grandmaster performance in a cost-effective 1U rack chassis.

The S650 can measure the accuracy of PTP hardware slaves that are synchronised to the S650 grandmaster by a new external one pulse per second (PPS) measurement option. 

Microsemi’s SyncServer S600 series meets the time and frequency requirements of multiple vertical markets, particularly the global military radar market, which is estimated to be worth $10billion by 2024, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.6 per cent between 2016 and 2024 according to market research firm Variant Market Research. Variant also identifies how radar in military applications is widely used for air traffic control, early warning detection of missiles, navigation at sea and surveillance of air and ground. Microsemi points out that the SyncServer S600 series meets the needs of today’s demanding timing requirements and scales to meet the needs of the future.

Microsemi’s SyncServer S600 series is available now, with the low phase noise signals, 10GbE Ethernet and multi-port PTP options available beginning 21 December 2017.



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