GatesAir showcased at IBC timing and signal reference generator
The GatesAir’s solution for broadcast and telecom facilities, Maxiva GNSS-PTP, connects to second-generation Global Navigation Satellite Systems and other timing sources
GatesAir brought to IBC 2023 its timing and signal reference solution for broadcast and telecom facilities; the Maxiva GNSS-PTP is a 1RU solution with a switching algorithm that assures high-precision 10MHz and 1 PPS reference signals to mission-critical components in the signal chain, including transmitters, networking, and studio equipment.
As GatesAir, a Thomson Broadcast subsidiary, states, the Maxiva GNSS-PTP speaks to modern navigation technologies used in second-generation Global Navigation Satellite Systems, and supports all major global satellite constellations (GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS). Each GNSS-PTP device feeds up to twelve 10 MHz and 1 PPS references in the technology infrastructure, removing the need to integrate a standalone timing source in each component.
The GNSS-PTP offers a high level of redundancy and its product design includes redundant AC power supplies with built-in battery back-up for “always-on” protection. Diverse timing sources include redundant GNSS receivers, which incorporate OCXO temperature control to prevent frequency changes. Timing sources also include a PTP hardware module and an external 10 MHz and 1 PPS reference. Built-in switching control logic is integrated with the aim to provide reliability and flexibility.
In adition, the solution supports the Precision Time Protocol v2 (PTP) and it’s available as a modular option. The PTP module can function as a master or slave and, same as the unit’s GNSS receivers.
Besides, its design integrated web interface that allows users to select frequency bands for each GNSS system, and configure timing source selection in automatic and manual modes. The user interface also offers useful visual aids, including detailed tracking maps and tables, satellite status and signal quality.