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FSMLabs Breaks Price/Performance Barrier with TimeKeeper® Pocket GrandMaster Appliance

December 11th 2013 · 2 min read · gps, grandmaster, ieee 1588

New appliance reduces entry price for sub-microsecond, gigabit Ethernet, resilient Time synchronization.

AUSTIN – December 11, 2013 – FSMLabs, provider of software and hardware for high-precision time synchronization and distribution, today announced that it has launched its TimeKeeper® Pocket GrandMaster appliance, which radically reduces initial entry price for firms requiring high-precision time distribution and gigabit Ethernet connectivity.

The Pocket GrandMaster solution is a smaller, lower cost, lighter and lower power consumption alternative to the TimeKeeper Enterprise GrandMaster Clock appliance. The Pocket GrandMaster provides all the plug-and-play functionality, precision, time source cross check, traceable audit, and web management found in the FSMLabs Enterprise GrandMaster for customers who don’t require Enterprise GrandMaster features such as the 10GBps connectivity, hot swappable power supplies, network management via IPMI, and longer term log file storage. All of FSMLabs’ GrandMaster Appliances are designed from the ground up for the Financial Trading market and can be integrated into existing networks with minimal IT staff resource overhead. In addition, all of FSMLabs GrandMaster Appliances can use GPS signals, pulse-per-second or network (NTP, PTP, PTP-unicast/telecom) as reference time sources and can generate all those sources for downstream clients.

As with the TimeKeeper Enterprise GrandMaster, the Pocket GrandMaster has the ability to cross check multiple sources of time and to failover from one source to another in case of problems. For example, if the Pocket GrandMaster sees a problem with the GPS source (jamming or spoofing), it can failover to a network PTP or NTP feed while using the high-quality oscillator to continue to serve very high-precision time. The TimeKeeper Pocket GrandMaster delivers high data integrity, allowing firms to detect abnormal activity such as GPS spoof attacks, jamming attacks, and equipment failures that can often go unnoticed by a firm’s trading desk. It also alleviates issues such as human error and delays in time data, which can cause trading algorithms to misfire and ultimately compromise trade execution.

“Time synchronization has become an important resource for financial institutions and government agencies in providing a comprehensive, reliable audit trail of core business activities,” said Victor Yodaiken, CEO, FSMLabs. “TimeKeeper Appliances and Software offer “out-of-the-box” functionality that can radically simplify time distribution operation and support.”

He continued, “Our Pocket GrandMaster brings precision and reliability to firms at a much lower cost and resource overhead. We are accelerating our effort to make time distribution and synchronization an integral part of any enterprise computing environment.”


The TimeKeeper Pocket Appliance is available now either directly from FSMLabs ( or via Amazon (here)

About FSMLabs

FSMLabs is a technology company specializing in time-related innovation. The firm’s flagship product is TimeKeeper, the software solution of choice for a growing number of trading firms for high-precision synchronization of time data. FSMLabs has more than 14 years of experience in real-time operating systems and software for industries such as finance, avionics and robotics, where time is a mission-critical resource. The company is privately held and headquartered in Austin, Texas. For more information, visit

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