C34 - IEEE 1588 Grandmaster Controller

Qulsar C3 Microprocessor Family

Applications

Overview

The C34 is an Application Specific controller for time and frequency synchronized applications. Its outstanding features stem from the ability to analyze and act on gate level, in real-time. The central functionality of the integrated circuit is delivered by its hardware based TimeStamp Engine (TSE). The component integrates an advanced operating system environment which enables software to access the timestamping process in a flexible way.

On top of the TSE and platform software a protocol stack and loop control software is running for the implementation of the IEEE 1588-2008 standard. The true strength of the component is the combination of very efficient hard- and software to enable this accuracy.

A slave application on the basis of the C34 can leverage the components ability to manage the complete TCP/IP and UDP stacks up to 16 Mbit/s. It can share the same IP address as the local network processor up to 60 Mbit/s. This is done while running the time and synchronization stack for IEEE 1588 up to and beyond the recommended sync rates of the new version 2 standard.

The C34 dramatically reduces the cost, power budget and board space for time and frequency synchronization. The IC embeds a complete software platform including real-time operating system, flash file system, TCP/IP communication stack, FTP and web server. For the IEEE1588 protocol version 2, a software stack with full ordinary clock implementation is integrated.

C34 Block Diagram

Chip Features

Blockdiagram

C34 Block Diagram

The GPS driver of the C34 enables the design of UTC referenced Grandmasters in IEEE 1588, or, GPS synchronized slaves using IEEE 1588 as backup. In case of a GPS signal failure, the platform will enter a holdover mode, or, if connected to a IEEE 1588 network, a master/slave mode.

A top level system API enables customers to add applications to make use of the precise time besides the application of a disciplined clock. The local precise time can be used by the software, or, directly by external hardware through the many GPIO ports of the device. The time signal presentation to the external is very precise, since it has no jitter caused by instruction execution.

Development Tools

The DK4 and DK5 are complete kits for the development environment of Qulsar's connected embedded controllers where IEEE 1588 is used for time synchronization. The kit is intended for the development of compact grandmasters, high precision slaves or ordinary clocks in the IEEE1588 network. The DK kits  consists of either a P40 or a P50 OEM board with processor modules mounted on socket boards with PHY and connectors, a trace adapter for real-time debugging and software. An integrated development environment enables the application designer to manage projects with configurations for different clock modes and precisions. The dimensions are 85x54 and 120x60 mm respectively.

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