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NXP® Semiconductors has aligned with National Semiconductor, IXXAT Automation and CMX Systems to provide a comprehensive hardware and software solution to support the IEEE® 1588 Precision Time Protocol (PTP). The hardware components comprise a ColdFire® microprocessor unit (MPU) and the new National Semiconductor DP83640 PHYTER&®—an Ethernet PHY transceiver with PTP support. The software components include the IEEE 1588 software stack, supplied by IXXAT and ported to the ColdFire MPU supporting the Precision Phyter, and the TCP/IP stack, supplied by CMX Systems. This solution can be combined with any ColdFire processor, but NXP is currently offering the M5234BCCKIT, a cost-effective ColdFire MCF5234 evaluation system, which incorporates the DP83640 PHYTER allowing early development of an IEEE 1588 solution.