Orolia to acquire Spanish company for White Rabbit timing technology

October 26, 2021 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Orolia to acquire Spanish company for White Rabbit timing technology
Merger to deliver high-end performance and ultra-accurate timing and frequency products for commercial, critical infrastructure, and military markets

Orolia has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Seven Solutions, a global innovator in White Rabbit sub-nanosecond time transfer and synchronization technology. This transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and approvals required by the Spanish government and is expected to close before the end of the year. The merger with the tech company based in Granada, Spain will enhance Orolia’s portfolio for defense, aerospace, data centers, telecom, financial services, smart grids, and other critical infrastructure industries and will enable the next generation applications dependent on ultra-precise, resilient timing and frequency technology.

Orolia delivers a full-scale and modular approach to resilient positioning, navigation and timing (PNT), which includes atomic clocks with a combination of GNSS signals protected with Interference Detection and Mitigation (IDM) technology, together with Low Earth Orbit (LEO) secure alternative signals. The addition of Seven Solutions products will deliver terrestrial sub-nanosecond time distribution from distant and potentially redundant locations.

“We believe the union of our companies will produce the future of time transfer and frequency distribution in terms of accuracy, reliability and interoperability,” said Rafael Rodriguez, chief technology officer and co-founder of Seven Solutions. “Finance, 5G telecommunications, datacenters and hyperscalers have new and upgraded functionalities requiring ultra-accurate time distribution accuracy. To maximize interoperability, our solution for time transfer is based on the White Rabbit concept that has been pushed over the last decade to become the basis of the standard High Accuracy time transfer profile (within the recent release of IEEE 1588 of precision time protocol).”

The White Rabbit synchronization protocol, on which the new IEEE-1588-2019 High Accuracy PTP profile is based, is usually associated with distributed systems that have very demanding time requirements (sub-nanosecond accuracy and picosecond precision). White Rabbit is an extension to Ethernet technology initially proposed by European research lab CERN and developed in collaboration with many institutes and companies. It allows users to synchronize remote devices within 1ns latency and a 20ps jitter and has been adopted across metrology institutes, fintech datacentres and radar applications as well as in the latest release of the IEEE 1588 standard.

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