The portable IEEE 1588 protocol software enables simple, rapid development of IEEE 1588 compliant devices. Developed by IXXAT, the IEEE 1588 protocol software has a modular structure, insuring fast integration into the target system. For access to the UDP/IP socket, the interfaces to the target platform are compiled in a separate adaptation layer (network interface), considerably simplifying porting to the target system.
The software is completely independent of the operating system and therefore, can also be used in applications without an operating system (superloops). The only requirement is a multicast-compatible UDP/IP stack.
The IEEE 1588 software package includes a full implementation of the standard for Ethernet with the following functionality:
- Ordinary clock
- Boundary clock
- Best master clock algorithm
- Configuration and scaling via central configuration file
- Management API
Windows demo implementation
Included in the software package is a demo implementation of a software-only solution that can be run directly under Windows. The demo implementation provides the basis for the IEEE 1588 Windows demo, which can be downloaded for free off the IXXAT webpage. System time, time delay and other relevant information are displayed with the Windows demo program.
Sample implementation for Linux
The content of delivery also includes a sample implementation on a target with IEEE 1588 hardware support. The target is a MPC8360 from Freescale with PowerQUICC technology. The PowerQUICC MPC8360 has 2 eTSEC (Enhanced Triple Speed Ethernet Controller). By capitalizing upon its hardware integrated time unit and system clock, a nano-second time precision can be achieved with a CPU workload of less than one percent. Furthermore, the MPC 8360 has input/output trigger ports and a PTP based timer, allowing each application to use this precise time base a on nano-second level.
Content of Delivery
- Source Code
- Software license
- Demo implementation for Windows 2000/XP
- Sample implementation for PowerQUICC MPC8360 (with hardware support)
- Windows demo program
- Technical support