Imsys Technologies, an established manufacturer of processors, modules and tools for embedded applications, is introducing a development platform for the IEEE 1588 Precision Time Protocol.
The transition from circuit connectivity to packet-based systems creates a need to synchronise equipment. The IEEE 1588 2002 is already part of the LXI Consortium, Ethernet Powerlink and Ethernet/IP standards. Revision 2 of the protocol - that will include many enhancements - is expected to become public later in 2007 and allow for a sub-microsecond accuracy, thereby satisfying the needs of the telecom industry for use in base stations including femtocells. The 1588 Development Kit is easy to use and includes an API where time and frequency can be adjusted by the application program.
A periodic output, PPS, and a user-specified frequency such as 10 or 30.72MHz can be achieved. The developer can choose between a mix of ASM32, C and Java programming language. Imsys is co-operating with Zurich University of Applied Science, ZHW, for the implementation of the protocol stack.
Ola Andersson, Imsys CEO, comments: "The combination of our field proven products and state of the art IEEE 1588 protocol implementation enables designers to get high accuracy synchronized clocks at an affordable price."
The SNAP 1588 Development Kit hardware platform is shipping mid-April 2007 with the 1588 protocol stack software following in mid-May.