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Microchip 5G Newsletter – V.4 2022

Timing and Synchronization Products and Applications
New Trusted Time for Zero Trust Network Application Note

The future of network security is Zero Trust, and our SyncServer® network time servers provide trusted time for Zero Trust networks. Read all about it in the informative and useful new application note found on our Trusted Time for Zero Trust Networks web page.
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SyncServer Time Server S600/S650 v5.0 Released


SyncServer Time Server S600/S650 version 5.0.4 further hardens the many security aspects of the most secure SyncServer time server, including the addition of secure syslog and TLS 1.3 support. Other additions include more PTP profiles, new BlueSky™ technology charts and alarms, more REST API calls, updated web GUI, and CVE mitigation. Read all about it in the 5.0.4 System Release Notice.
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New BlueSky GNSS Firewall 2200 Features


New features that have been added to the BlueSky GNSS Firewall 2200 hardware include a new L1/L2/L5 GNSS receiver and new independent RF power monitoring of L1, L2 and L5 bands.

BlueSky GNSS Firewall Software Release 3 features new capabilities such as trusted time anomaly detection, GPS subframe detection and embedded GNSS observable tools. You can refer to the BlueSky GNSS Firewall web page for additional details and to download the data sheet.
Our Frequency and Timing System Business Unit Participates in US Department of Transportation PNT Roundtable


Randy Brudzinski, corporate vice president and business unit lead of our frequency and timing systems business unit, was invited by the Department of Transportation (DOT) to participate in a meeting held on August 4, 2022, to discuss complementary sources of Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT). The meeting was held at the DOT’s headquarters in Washington, DC. We were one of only two suppliers of timing receivers in attendance. Other participants included telecom service providers, Lumen and Verizon, and representatives from a wide variety of US Government agencies, including the DOT, FAA, DHS, DoD, FBI and DOE. A handful of alternative Time-as-a-Service (TaaS) companies were also in attendance. These TAAS companies consisted of eLORAN advocates such as Hellen Systems and Ursanav, Low Earth Orbit (LEO) PNT providers such as Satelles and Xona and fiber connect services such as Hoptroff and OPNT.

“This was an excellent opportunity to provide solicited feedback to US Government officials on ways they can help bring complementary PNT offerings to the market and assist with adoption by critical infrastructure. Microchip was recognized as a leader in the PNT market, and it was honor to participate in the roundtable,” said Randy Brudzinski.

After opening remarks by Dr. Robert Hampshire, DOT deputy assistant secretary for research and technology and chief science officer; the US Secretary of Transportation, Pete Buttigieg, made an appearance to thank participants for their input on the important topic of complementary PNT to address the continued risks of being solely dependent upon GNSS.
We have just released new software maintenance and technical support offerings. Now you have a choice of service offerings:

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Time Scale Solutions


Our portfolio provides you with options for constructing a time scale solution. You can purchase the Precise Time Scale System (PTSS), which is an integrated solution that comes preassembled in a cabinet with robust AC and DC power and includes a comprehensive factory acceptance test. Or you can construct your own time scale solution by purchasing individual items. For example, if you own two or more cesium clocks, you can simply connect the SyncSystem 4380A Time Scale Edition and the Time Scale Orchestrator software to transform their frequency references to also be the foundation for a time scale that is traceable to UTC.

We have recently published a Time Scale Quick Start Guide that provides a simple set of steps for installing the Time Scale Orchestrator software on a physical server or virtual machine to connect to the SyncSystem 4380A Time Scale Edition, 5071A cesium clocks and 6300 series timing distribution. You can also find data sheets and information on our website:

Time Scale Measurement Product Page
National Timing Infrastructure Page
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Recent Blogs

Learn about unusual GNSS jamming data and its sources in the Troubleshooting GNSS Timing Problems—Three Unusual Real-World Examples article by Paul Skoog. You’ll also learn about the role that the local RF environment plays into the detection, protection and analysis of GNSS jamming and spoofing activity.
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TimePictra Synchronization Management Software Release 11.1 Available Now

We have just released update 11.1 of our TimePictra Synchronization Management Software solution. This release adds the following capabilities:
• New active/active/active clustering for the high-availability option that enables seamless protection switching and load balancing
• REST API for SDN integration and increased scalability
• SAML single sign-on and authentication added to the security suite
• Minor fixes and enhancements

Visit our support portal to access software update 11.1.

Visit the TimePictra Synchronization Management Software web page for more information.
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5G Operator Scales to Over 2000 Synchronization Systems Under Management With TimePictra Software Suite


Scaling your network for 5G is a challenge. One of our leading 5G synchronization and timing clients just passed the milestone of implementing over 2000 TimeProvider® 4100 PTP grandmaster clock systems that were deployed and managed by our TimePictra Synchronization Management System. The TimePictra platform is designed, tested and field proven to scale with the needs of 5G operators.
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Position, Navigation and Time (PNT) Blog


Read our new article posted on our MicroSolutions blog to learn about PNT and how our frequency and time systems enable PNT systems.
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Recent Podcasts and Webinars

Visit our webinar page to view and listen to recent educational webinars and podcasts about synchronization and timing. You can also listen to Paul Skoog, our senior product manager, who discusses the importance of time synchronization on the B2B Tech Talk podcast.