Brandywine Communications partners with ADVA

ADVA announced today that Brandywine Communications is using its OSA 5422 Grandmaster clock to deliver a robust and feature-rich m-code timing solution for US Department of Defense use cases. The new edge synchronisation offering addresses the key needs of military networks by providing advanced Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) capabilities with improved resiliency. The solution is based on Oscilloquartz’s versatile timing technology with built-in M-code capabilities and is ideal for the most demanding military edge applications. It supports interfaces with data rates of 1Gbit/s and 10Gbit/s, offers innovative GNSS assurance functions and backup by the Assured PNT (aPNT+) technology from Oscilloquartz and meets the most stringent timing requirements in an operationally efficient and cost-effective manner.

“Our M-Code edge timing offering will make a critical difference for defense applications. It is based on ADVA’s OSA 5422 Grandmaster Clock and addresses the most urgent needs of military networks that require accurate and reliable PNT information. The solution offers a new level of reliability and security. A key feature of the OSA 5422 Grandmaster is its long holdover capability and PTP backup, which allows it to maintain accurate timing even in the event of an M-code glitch. This is critical for defense networks that must operate in a variety of challenging environments,” said Allen Ronk, President of Brandywine Communications. “Our solution has multi-source backup capabilities to ensure that M-code failures do not break synchronization. It also offers synchronization assurance features that continuously monitor the performance of the time reference system and take immediate corrective action when needed.”

M-Code is an encrypted GPS signal used exclusively by the US military for defense applications that require precise and reliable synchronization. Resistant to jamming and spoofing, M-Code is an invaluable asset for defense organizations operating under difficult conditions. ADVA’s OSA 5422 grandmaster clock is now integrated with a highly reliable M-code receiver that meets stringent frequency and phase synchronization requirements and offers the best holdover performance of any edge device on the market. The device is also equipped with multi-band and multi-constellation GNSS receivers in case M-code is not available. In addition, it supports interfaces such as BITS and IRIG, as well as eight field-upgradable interfaces with data rates of 10Gbit/s and 1Gbit/s. The OSA 5422 Grandmaster is suitable for use in harsh environmental conditions with a wide temperature range and features hot-swappable modules and power supplies for easy field upgrades.

“As military applications require ever more accurate and reliable PNT functions, the need for secure, fail-safe and anti-counterfeiting M-Code technology becomes more urgent. With its long backup time, multi-source backup capabilities, sync assurance capabilities and other advanced features, our OSA 5422 Grandmaster is perfectly positioned to meet these needs,” commented Gil Biran, GM of Oscilloquartz, ADVA. “We are excited to work with Brandywine Communications as a strategic partner, bringing our innovation to defense applications that rely on accurate and reliable PNT in the US and elsewhere. The market for military GPS receivers with M-code capabilities is growing, as defense organizations seek to improve their PNT capabilities and increase resiliency. Together we are helping a whole new group of customers benefit from the most flexible synchronization toolkit in the industry.”

ADVA’s Oscilloquartz aPNT+ and M-Code technology will be showcased at the Precise Time and Time Interval Systems and Applications Meeting (PTTI 2023) in Long Beach, California, January 23-26. Attendees can visit the Oscilloquartz team at the Brandywine Communications booth to learn about the platform’s capabilities. It discusses in detail how to provide resilient and secure PNT services for military applications in line with the Department of Defense’s recent Zero Trust strategy and how the OSA 5422 Grandmaster supports both Time-as-a-Service (TaaS) and GNSS Backup-as-a-Service (GBaaS) supported.

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