KEPLER™: IEEE 1588 SOC FPGA Network Synchronization Platform

The Kepler-1588 platform is implemented either as a stand-alone SoC-FPGA, or as a PCIe-based FPGA connected to a Linux host. KEPLER-1588 includes both standard and custom hardware, as well as standard and custom software.

Introducing KEPLER-1588: a system for FPGA-based IEEE 1588 gPTP precise synchronization over Ethernet. The Kepler-1588 platform is implemented either as a stand-alone SoC-FPGA, or as a PCIe-based FPGA connected to a Linux host. Kepler-1588 includes both standard and custom hardware, as well as standard and custom software.

Brought to market as a Virtual ASSP (Application Specific Standard Product), Kepler-1588 can be used as a general-purpose Ethernet AVB/TSN processor with customizable I/O, in applications requiring G.8262/G.8273 (Telecom profile) synchronization and in industrial automation. Kepler-1588 is the natural general-purpose processor extending your Ethernet AVB/TSN network.

KEPLER-1588 implements the following main features:

  • A stand-alone Linux-based platform, which can be configured to meet the requirements of various PTP profiles, such as:
    • Default profiles
    • AVB profile (IEEE 802.1AS)
    • Broadcast profile (SMPTE-2059)
    • Telecommunication profile (ITU G.8265.1)
    • Power profile (IEEE PC37.238)
  • Word Clock Media Transport
  • Generalized PTP (IEEE 1588-2008) using either Linux PTP or PTPd open source daemons.
  • Ordinary, Boundary, and Transparent Clock
  • Grand Master or Slave
  • Timing Ports (PPS in/out and Master clock in/out

 

KEPLER-1588 is used as the synchronization foundation for generalized PTP synchronization applications.

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Development Kits

COVELOZ KEPLER-1588 FPGA Development Kit

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COVELOZ offers an IEEE 1588 development kit built around the Altera System-on-Chip (SoC) FPGA, which combines the latest dual-core Cortex-A9 embedded cores with industry-leading programmable logic for ultimate design flexibility. When connected to a GPS disciplined clock source (PPS and GM clock), this kit serves as a Grandmaster, with support for PTP default profiles and gPTP. The COVELOZ KEPLER-1588 FPGA Development Kit is now available for $1,995 USD.

Altera SoC Development Kitscyclonev_soc_dev_board

Kepler-1588 is also supported on the Altera Cyclone V SoC Development Kit and the Altera Arria V SoC Development Kit, which may be ordered from the Altera website.

Kepler-1588 PCI Express Development Kit

Kepler-1588 is also available as system connecting FPGA-based hardware to a Linux host via PCI Express, developed on the Cyclone V GT PCIe development kit, as shown below.

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Performance and Compliance Validation

Ask us more about our frequency and phase performance test plans, as well as our protocol compliance test facilities.

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