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Microchip (formerly Microsemi) – Frequency & Time Systems

Microchip (formerly Microsemi) is the world leader in timing & network synchronization systems for highly accurate distribution using today’s precise timing standards like GPS-based timing, IEEE 1588 (PTP), Network Time Protocol (NTP), Synchronous Ethernet and DOCSIS® timing. Products include modular synchronization systems, carrier grade NTP & PTP grand masters, enterprise network time servers, GPS instruments, active hydrogen maser, cesium frequency standards, rubidium frequency references, quartz oscillator and more.

S600 Stratum 1 Netwrok Time Server

TimeProvider 1000 & 1100


Synchronization Systems​

8040C Rubidium Frequency Reference

4151C Quartz Frequency Reference

Clock & Frequency References​

Our customers are able to build more reliable networks and systems based on Microsemi’s advanced timing technologies, atomic clocks, services and solutions. 

Microsemi’s Synchornization Systems support today’s precise timing standards, including GPS-based timing, IEEE 1588 (PTP), Network Time Protocol (NTP), Synchronous Ethernet and DOCSIS® timing.

Atomic physics sets the standard for stability, accuracy and range of applications in precision frequency reference clocks worldwide.

Microsemi’s Rubidium, SAW and quartz oscillators support more applications than any other precision frequency references in the world.

Featured Products

Featured Applications for Timing & Synchronization

National Timing Infrastructure

The strength of a nation’s infrastructure depends on the accuracy of time, and with pervasive cybersecurity threats disrupting Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), an alternative time system is a matter of national security. To protect and defend against GNSS vulnerabilities, the role of a country’s national time scale is changing from being a scientific measurement instrument to a vital part of its critical infrastructure. 

Fully Integrated Independent Time Scale System Back-Up to GNSS

Microchip’s Precise Time Scale System (PTSS) combines multiple high-performance clocks to provide a secure, robust and resilient solution to serve as the backbone and primary source of UTC-class time for national timing of critical infrastructure.

Secure UTC Traceable Time to Protect Against Cybersecurity Threats

By deploying a Precise Time Scale System (PTSS) users can have complete control over the time sources that their critical infrastructure depends on, eliminating timing-related cybersecurity threats. A properly constructed time scale can serve as the primary source of time for critical infrastructure that needs state-of-the-art frequency stability, excellent phase noise and maximal operational availability.

Secure Position, Navigation and Time (PNT) Solutions

Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) have revolutionized the world. Civilian and military navigation, cellular networks, the Internet, financial services, energy distribution, and air traffic control are just a few examples of the different applications that rely heavily on GNSS.

Secure Position, Navigation and Time (PNT) solutions use a variety of methods to minimize inherent GNSS vulnerabilities. These methods include detecting threats, using multiple GNSS constellations (GPS, Galileo. GLONASS), offering alternate PNT delivery methods, and backing up PNT sources with degraded accuracy for short operational periods.

Time is the cornerstone of all secure PNT solutions. We provide innovative timing solutions for all portions of a secure PNT chain, from the PNT core to the PNT end user.

  • Time: Atomic clocks are used at the core of every PNT system to determine precise and accurate time.
  • Position: A PNT end user’s location is determined by the elapsed time microwave signals take to travel between satellites and the PNT end user
  • Navigation: Velocity and acceleration are determined by the change in end user location over a period of time.
 
 

Time: The Cornerstone of Secure Position, Navigation and Time (PNT)

Virtual Primary Reference Time Clock (vPRTC)

The virtual Primary Reference Time Clock (vPRTC) is a highly secure and resilient network-based timing architecture that has been developed to meet the expanding needs of modern critical infrastructures. It blends proven timing technologies into a centralized and protected source location and then uses commercial fiber optic network links and advanced IEEE® 1588 Precision Time Protocol (PTP) boundary clocks to distribute 100 ns PRTC timing where it is needed in end points that might be hundreds of kilometers away.

The central locations receive their UTC time traceability from GNSS via highly protected and validated receivers. Advanced firewall technologies continuously monitor for threats in the form of GNSS spoofing or jamming attacks to assure that only valid signals from the sky are passed to the central clock. The vPRTC uses industry-proven cesium atomic clocks to establish 30 ns guaranteed accuracy traceable to UTC. If an invalid GNSS signal is detected or denied, the vPRTC source maintains ±100 ns traceability to UTC for a minimum of 14 days.

Three Components of the vPRTC

Innovative Architecture for Resilient Timing

Company Overview

Microsemi Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Microchip Technology Inc, is the world leader in precise time solutions and sets the world’s standard for time. Timing and synchronization solutions to generate, distribute and apply precise time are used worldwide in multiple industries, including communications, aerospace/defense, IT infrastructure and metrology. 

Customers are able to build more reliable networks and systems based on Microsemi’s advanced timing technologies, atomic clocks, services and solutions. Microsemi’s Synchornization Systems support today’s precise timing standards, including GPS-based timing, IEEE 1588 (PTP), Network Time Protocol (NTP), Synchronous Ethernet and DOCSIS® timing.

Microsemi is the market leader in network synchronization with a focused industry-leading portfolio for Synchronous Ethernet/IEEE 1588 timing for packet networks and OTN systems. Their portfolio of end-to-end timing solutions is engineered to solve your most difficult network timing challenges.

Microchip Synchronization and Timing Systems Website

TARIN SCHONCHECK

Sales Administration

Tarin was born and raised in Wisconsin, graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Prior to Vic Myers she worked in the hospitality industry 20+ years as a Sales Analyst/Administrator.

In her spare time, Tarin enjoys spending time with her family, traveling to historical sites throughout the United States, reading, going to movies and concerts. On the weekends you will find Tarin at her nephews’ band concerts and baseball games. In addition, music and dance have been a part of her life with musical contrasting influences ranging from Prince to Olivia Newton-John.  Tarin is located in our Arizona office.

RICHARD MENDEZ

Sales Engineer

Richard was born and raised in Arizona. Attended Arizona State University with a focus in Mechanical Engineering and then fell into Technical Project Management. After 12 years of managing large budget projects spanning system integrations and upgrades, he transitioned into the role of Field Sales Engineer with VMA.

Richard has a deep passion for building relationships with his clients and principals, and supporting them to problem solve and develop innovative solutions. Outside of the office, Richard can be found volunteering as a mentor and coach of high school students at his church, running and hiking the extensive trails of Arizona, and spending time with his wife, 2 boys, 2 girls, and 2 grandkids. Richard is located in our Arizona office.

TAYLOR GAUNTT

Field Sales Engineer

Taylor is a Texas native, and grew up in the small town of Boerne, Texas.  He attended Texas A&M University, where earned his bachelor’s degree in Engineering.  After college he was recruited by a Manufacturer’s Rep Firm, where he spent the first 7 years of his career. Initially hired on as an inside salesperson, Taylor quickly accelerated within the organization and expanded into various other roles such as Distribution Manager, and Field Sales Engineer.  Taylor then spent the following 7 years working for an electronic component distributor named Electro Enterprises that almost exclusively supported the mil/aero market.

Taylor worked as a Field Sales Engineer supporting the Texas, Utah and New Mexico territory, Product Manager, as well as Director or Business Development where he managed a team of 10 Field Sales Professionals across the entire United States.  Gathering from his previous experiences, Taylor has now taken on the role of Field Sales Engineer with Vic Myers supporting the Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Arkansas territory.  Outside of the office you will usually find Taylor either spending time with his wife and two young children, or out on the lake bass fishing.

FELECIA STIVERS

Field Sales Engineer

Felecia Stivers, a native of Rockford, IL, now excels as a Field Sales Engineer at VMA in our Arizona office. Holding a BSEE from Arizona State University, she draws from her extensive background at Medtronic, Orbital Sciences, General Dynamics, and Northrop Grumman.

Specializing in high-reliability applications, Felecia stands out for her proficiency in relationship-building and innovative problem-solving. Whether contributing to medical devices or playing a vital role in rocket launches, her work has had a tangible impact on saving lives and safeguarding the nation.

Beyond her professional pursuits, Felecia enjoys time with her two teenagers, finds joy in travel, and actively engages with her local church. Driven by a passion for helping customers navigate cutting-edge technology, she is committed to delivering dependable solutions in fast-changing environments.

KAREN M. ROSS

People and Culture Specialist

Karen has been a part of Vic Myers Associates team since February 2023. Prior to her position as People and Culture Specialist, she worked in the Science & Technology field as an HR Manager & Project Lead for SAIC and LANL. In the short time with VMA she has learned a lot and looks forward to knowing our business even better in support of all of our employees. She values her church community, her two sons who happen to be engineers, volunteering, and golf. Karen is located in our Albuquerque, NM office.

Natalie Myers

Inside Sales Administration

Natalie Myers joined Vic Myers Associates in September 2021 and is excited to be part of the team. She received her bachelor’s in business administration from the University of Phoenix and prior to her position as Inside Sales Administration she worked in the Hospitality Industry for over 15 years as a Senior Sales Administrator. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, family and friends along with watching sporting events, traveling, hiking and cheering on her daughter in dance and basketball! Natalie is located in our Arizona office.

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