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TMCNet:  Cavium partners with Symmetricom to enable IEEE 1588 precision timing

[November 15, 2012]

Cavium partners with Symmetricom to enable IEEE 1588 precision timing

Nov 15, 2012 (TELECOMWORLDWIRE via COMTEX) -- Symmetricom, Inc., (NASDAQ: SYMM) and Cavium, Inc. said they will collaborate to ensure that 3G and 4G/LTE networks maintain mission critical synchronization.

Symmetricom's SoftClock fully supports both the IEEE 1588 Precision Time Protocol standard as well as the Network Time Protocol and has now been certified for operation on Cavium's OCTEON Fusion(TM), the industry's most powerful base station-on-a-chip family of SoC's, enabling joint customers to further accelerate their time to market for their small cell solutions.

Ethernet and IP are rapidly replacing traditional Time Division Multiplexing circuit infrastructure in the communications network. This creates "Timing Islands" in the network, which can potentially cause calls to be dropped, connection issues and poor operational effectiveness. Issues such as these cannot be tolerated in TODAYs rapidly growing 3G and 4G/LTE networks, where a carrier's customers can "vote with their feet" and switch carriers. Mobile services are especially vulnerable as they require absolute precision in synchronized time stamping of packets throughout the network from base stations to the core. Therefore, there is an urgent need for a method to deliver synchronization via the packet network. Together, Cavium and Symmetricom's portfolio offers a solution.

Cavium is a provider of highly integrated semiconductor products that enable intelligent processing in networking, communications and the digital home. Symmetricom, a world leader in precise time solutions, sets the world's standard for time.

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