Precise time synchronization requirements are emerging in multiple industries and applications. Key areas of increasing demand include mobile infrastructure, industrial IoT, datacenters and smart grid power infrastructure. Qulsar’s technologies are flexibly designed into multiple embedded and system solutions that can be deployed network wide to stitch together a full rapidly deployable, resilient end-to-end solution.
Based on IEEE 1588, but enhanced with Qulsar’s own servo algorithm and techniques for extracting and refining precise time. These algorithms are integrated into Qulsar’s Managed Timing Engine modules (M6X family) and also on the new Managed Clock Engine modules (M88 family). For some key applications, the core capabilities have been ported to some specific Silicon platforms, and can operate at a premium level through a reference design that implements these capabilities on specific system on chip (SoC) platforms.
Qulsar’s wireless sync distribution technology transcends the need for a wired Ethernet network, and leverages open unlicensed spectrum to distribute time to end-points.
Qulsar’s IEEE 1588 solution has also been implemented in the Qg 2, which embodies Qulsar’s platform / software (P/SaaS) sync service. This light-weight yet versatile platform can be deployed in a network and used to distribute sync in a scalable, robust way to end-points. The Qg 2 platform will continue to evolve, integrating multiples sources of sync including SyncE, IEEE 1588 (PTP) as a boundary clock, as well as some powerful alternative sources of sync from beacon sources. Detailed sync network analytics are available from the Qg 2 platform on demand to get deeper insight into the network.
Qulsar’s technologies use commercial and open standards wherever possible. Time is extracted, from commercial sources (such as GNSS and other beacons), refined and distributed using industry-standard protocols such as IEEE 1588 (PTP). Qulsar’s industry-leading algorithms extract precise time in spite of jitter and delay variations introduced through the packets’ transit through the network. The short-range wireless sync distribution technology (over unlicensed band) can solve building re-wiring requirements that can become commercially onerous to overcome for GNSS based synchronization distribution.
Managed Timing Engines (MTE) are designed to deliver embedded precise timing, especially implementing the IEEE 1588 PTP packet timing protocol and algorithms. Qulsar has now evolved the M6X series (fast Ethernet full PTP ordinary clocks) to its next generation of timing engines (described below).
The MTEs come in three broad categories, and each is suited for different levels of integration, performance and application. These are fully characterized timing engines, most suited to high precision and performance critical applications. These MTE subsystems can be rapidly integrated and are highly versatile, providing custom levels of holdover performance for the host system. They could even be designed into a full system with a few changes.
The MTE P-series board are high performance timing engines that use packet timing to deliver precise timing outputs. The MTE board is a mezzanine card that can be quickly integrated into a host system and provide a stable timing outputs.
The MTE M-series modules form the core of all timing engines. They feature full packet timing capabilities and all the software and algorithms to derive precise time from packet networks. The MTE modules are most appropriate for integration into high volume applications, and use the MTE boards as an intermediate stage (reference designs).