Chapter 3

Synchronization and Timing Concepts

In this chapter, you will learn the following:

  • Synchronous networks overview: Presents an overview of synchronous networks and a comparison of asynchronous and packet networks. Also defines frequency and phase synchronization as well as jitter and wander.

  • Clocks: Provides details on oscillators, clock modes, and clock types, as well as clock stratum levels and quality.

  • Sources of frequency, phase, and time: Explains sources of timing, with special focus on satellite systems and particularly the Global Positioning System (GPS). Also covers the short-range physical signals used to carry time.

  • Timing distribution network: Describes different methods used to carry time and synchronization as well ...

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