TSync Timecode Processors

TSync Timecode Processors

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Some standard TSync configurations are available in the Orolia Online Store (shipping to US addresses only).


Orolia's TSync time code processors are complete synchronized timecode reader/generator boards and peripheral slot cards offering flexibility and easy integration for mission critical embedded applications.

Each board’s precision onboard clock/oscillator is phase-locked to a wide variety of external timing references and provides 5 ns resolution to the time-keeping hardware. Typical reference signals include GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, QZSS, SAASM GPS, IRIG and 1 PPS. Precision timestamps and interrupts relating to time-specific events are available to your software applications and external signals can be time tagged. What's more, time and frequency signals can be generated for synchronizing external devices.


  • Rugged timing board ready for integration
  • GNSS sync options (GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, QZSS, SAASM GPS)
  • Auto-detects and prioritizes references
  • IRIG timecode input and output
  • 1PPS input and output
  • Multiple external event time capture/interrupt
  • Optional OCXO internal clock upgrade
  • VPX boards are conduction-cooled ready

Available Form Factors:

  • PCI Express
  • VPX


The user can prioritize multiple external references so if one reference is lost the unit will automatically switch to the next. The internal oscillator can also be its own reference with user-settable time or when all valid external synchronization sources are lost. For applications where accuracy in this “holdover” conditional is essential, an upgrade to an ovenized crystal oscillator (OCXO) is recommended. Some models offer an optional rugged OCXO oscillator that has been tested for shock and vibration according to MIL-STD-810F.

Four user-programmable time tag inputs may be used for multiple event capture at a rate higher than 10,000 events per second. Additionally, four programmable time match/frequency outputs are provided.

Typical Applications


Case Studies

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A customer with a major datacenter facility was experiencing issues with GNSS interference affecting its timing systems. This case study describes the solution, using a low-cost anti-jam antenna.
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Tuesday, July 16, 2019
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Spectracom’s TSync bus-level timing platform was integrated into a new small, rugged, Passive Detection and Reporting System (PDRS) to receive GPS, discipline an onboard rugged ovenized crystal oscillator and generate high precision time and frequency signals for system synchronization. It also delivers GPS coordinates for the system.

The development of the system greatly benefited from Spectracom's customization-to-COTS approach by adapting the platform into a standard VPX-based card without the need for non-recurring engineering charges. It offered the necessary ruggedization, small size, and low weight and power consumption to meet the goals of system portability, and is available with secure SAASM GPS.

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Thursday, March 24, 2016
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The TSync family of timing boards utilize the latest generation of Orolia's timing technology and are available in PCIe and VPX form factors.
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Friday, April 30, 2021
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A guide to the external connections for a TSync family timing board.
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Friday, April 30, 2021
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Technical Notes and Briefs

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Starting with Tsync-PCIe firmware Release version 2.0.0, all TSync-PCIe timing boards that contain an internal GPS receiver have the capability of operating in either the factory default “Standard” mode (Also known as the “Stationary” mode) or can instead be programmed to operate in the available “Mobile” mode (also known as “Continuous” mode).
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Tuesday, November 15, 2011
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All TSYNC Documents & Files

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