Today, we’ve announced the purchase of the IEEE 1588 precision time protocol (PTP) software and module assets from Qulsar. This addition to Silicon Labs’ IEEE 1588 portfolio uniquely positions us to simplify development and adoption of IEEE 1588 synchronization in 5G wireless, transport and access networks and accelerates time to market.
For years, Silicon Labs has been a leading provider of timing solutions for infrastructure applications with a broad portfolio of crystal oscillators, and voltage-controlled crystal oscillators (XO/VCXOs), clock generators, clock buffers, jitter attenuators and network synchronizers.
Expanding our portfolio to include IEEE 1588 software and modules extends Silicon Labs to a broader range of customers with a growing need for precise time synchronization, such as small cells, optical transport, smart grid and automotive. Silicon Labs can address cost-sensitive PTP software-only applications such as small cells with a standards-compliant turnkey solution. The 1588 modules make it easy to add IEEE 1588 to a design by tightly integrating PTP software and physical layer hardware in a plug-and-play solution.
The purchase includes all Qulsar modules (PTP master, gateway, boundary clocks and slave clocks) as well as IEEE 1588 servo and stack software, development tools and board support packages (BSPs) for a wide range of applications spanning small cells, optical transport, smart grid, automotive and 5G wireless infrastructure.