Xairos Newsletter: October 11, 2021

 By David Mitlyng CEO

 Theme of the Week

A Brief History of Time (Synchronization)
The concept of time is as old as civilization itself. But only recently have we become obsessed with relative time, or the synchronization between clocks.
In the old days time synchronization was not critical. TV and radio were broadcast on one-way analog signals and radio communications was “push-to-talk“.
Clocks would still drift but they were set manually. If you are old enough you may remember listening for the radio DJ to announce the time or even calling a hotline.
But then we entered the digital age. Analog transmissions moved to digital modulation, and one-way broadcasts were replaced by multi-party communication and data networks.
These increasingly complex networks required synchronization for the efficient movement of data, analogous to how timed traffic lights move traffic more efficiently.
Fortunately, there was a timing signal available right as this transformation was occurring, courtesy of GPS.
But GPS was not built for this – it was a happy accident that is well overdue for a replacement.


Industry News

The More You Know…

Earlier this year we decided to evaluate the commercial opportunity for our timing technology.
The obvious market: 5G telecommunication networks.
After all, the telecommunication sector uses 90% of the 2.4 million timing and sync (T&S) units that are tied to a GPS signal. It also consumes over 400,000 new units per year.
But this is a challenging market, so we hired PrimeLime to provide consulting services while preparing their “Quantum Timing Applications for 5G Networks” report.
One their suggestion we are getting more engaged with 5G standards and industry organizations like the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) and the Resilient Navigation and Timing (RNT) Foundation.

To learn more, please email us or schedule a meeting here.