Symmetricom Expands IEEE 1588 PTP Portfolio with Industry-First Carrier Class IEEE 1588 Grandmaster Server Blades

Symmetricom IEEE 1588 blades for the SSU 2000 and TimeHub deliver carrier class precise timing and synchronization for cost-effective, rapid migration to next generation Ethernet backhaul

Symmetricom's Carrier Class IEEE 1588 Blades for the SSU 2000
Symmetricom's Carrier Class IEEE 1588 Blades for the SSU 2000

SAN JOSE, Calif. — March 11, 2009 — Symmetricom®, Inc. (NASDAQ: SYMM), a worldwide leader in precise time and frequency technologies that accelerate the deployment and enable the management of next generation networks, today announced the company has expanded its IEEE 1588 Precision Time Protocol (PTP) portfolio with its new, industry-first, carrier class IEEE 1588 Blades for the SSU 2000 and TimeHub®. The plug and play grandmaster server blades allow network equipment manufacturers and service providers to seamlessly migrate existing TDM-based backhaul networks to Ethernet backhaul while leveraging their existing synchronization infrastructure.

Symmetricom offers one of the most comprehensive IEEE 1588 end-to-end solutions in the industry, providing the highest level of accuracy, reliability and control throughout the network. Symmetricom’s IEEE 1588 solutions consist of servers, including the TimeProvider® 5000 Grandmaster Clock and now the IEEE 1588 Blades, as well as PTP clients with multiple integration options, network management systems, measurement and monitoring tools and global services and support.

“Carriers have long relied on Symmetricom’s Synchronization Supply Unit to meet all physical layer synchronization requirements with five-nines availability,” commented Kevin Hsu, vice president of product marketing at Symmetricom. “Now, with the IEEE 1588 Blades, the SSU 2000 and TimeHub systems can be easily expanded to provide carrier class IEEE 1588 grandmaster support for demanding next generation networks. For the first time, customers have the ability to ‘plug and play’ a full feature IEEE 1588 server into their existing infrastructure enabling significant backhaul cost savings without sacrificing quality of service.”

Symmetricom’s IEEE 1588 Blades provide the performance, availability and security to deliver carrier class synchronization to meet the demanding requirements of packet-based networks. The blade form factor allows for ease of integration into existing synchronization infrastructures with superior scalability. The IEEE 1588 Blades are interoperable with multiple vendors’ PTP clients in addition to Symmetricom’s advanced IEEE 1588 client options which provide significant advantages in end-to-end network performance and management.

The IEEE 1588 Blades are currently deployed in lab trials with numerous network service providers and will be available in the second quarter of 2009.

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About Symmetricom, Inc.

As a worldwide leader in precise time and frequency products and services, Symmetricom provides “Perfect Timing” to customers around the world. Since 1985, the company’s solutions have helped define the world’s time and frequency standards, delivering precision, reliability and efficiency to wireline and wireless networks, instrumentation and testing applications and network time management. Deployed in more than 90 countries, the company’s synchronization solutions include primary reference sources, building integrated timing supplies (BITS), GPS timing receivers, time and frequency distribution systems, network time servers and ruggedized oscillators. Symmetricom also incorporates technologies including Universal Timing Interface (UTI), Network Time Protocol (NTP), IEEE 1588 (Precision Time Protocol), and others supporting the world’s migration to Next Generation Networks (NGN). Symmetricom’s QoE video quality management solutions provide the tools necessary to accurately monitor and analyze video quality and bring higher satisfaction levels to the end user. Symmetricom is based in San Jose, Calif., with offices worldwide. For more information, visit