iDirect Expands Evolution Product Line With New Router, Line Cards and Upgrade To Operating Software

Service providers gain greater processing power, bandwidth efficiencies and flexibility to craft new revenue-generating service offerings

Herndon, Va., September 9, 2009 – VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems Inc (VT Systems), today announced that it has expanded its Evolution DVB-S2/ACM product line with the introduction of the high-performance Evolution X5 Satellite Router and Evolution XLC-11 and XLC-M Line Cards. The hardware launch is coupled with an upgrade to iDirect’s operating software. With the new version, iDX 2.0, iDirect has introduced the industry’s most efficient inbound coding technology, setting a new standard for bandwidth efficiency. The upgrade also brings together iDirect’s Evolution and iNFINITI product lines onto a single platform. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

Advances in performance

The new Evolution X5 Satellite Router enables service providers to support higher data rates and greater traffic volumes, operating at twice the processing power of iDirect’s Evolution X3 router. The expanded capability is engineered to help service providers meet increased customer demand across a wide range of growing vertical markets. For example, service providers that backhaul rural voice traffic for mobile operators can support higher traffic levels from large Base Tower Station sites. With an optional AES 256 encryption feature, the Evolution X5 can support high-end enterprise networks operated by banks, financial institutions and other organizations.

The Evolution X5 also supports iDirect’s suite of advanced mobility features for the maritime market such as Automatic Beam Switching and Spread Spectrum, as well as iDirect’s Global Network Management System capability. The router can be deployed with a 60cm stabilized Ku-band antenna, meeting end-user demands for affordable and easy-to-install VSAT systems that support broadband data requirements and facilitate Voice over IP (VoIP) and video traffic.

The hardware expansion comes as iDirect partners around the world add next-generation Evolution networks to their existing service offerings. To help service providers consolidate their iDirect deployments, the iDX 2.0 release features a new hardware capability – dual-mode operation. The Evolution X5 router and the new XLC-11 transmit-and-receive line card are engineered to support either DVB-S2/ACM or iNFINITI TDM outbound mode. This enables the complete integration of Evolution and iNFINITI products as well as iDirect’s enhanced feature set into one platform. The Evolution XLC-M inbound line card rounds out the new hardware offering and is designed to support multiple demodulators through future software licensing.

Advances in efficiency

With the release of iDX 2.0, iDirect becomes the first satellite technology provider to integrate the next-generation 2D 16-State FEC coding technology into its overall platform. Representing the most powerful inbound coding option available to the industry, 2D 16-State delivers improved efficiencies over the Turbo Product Coding (TPC) and provides existing customers a 10-20% increase in their inbound IP throughput without sacrificing link performance. It also provides greater flexibility in network design with a more granular selection of block sizes and code rates, which can lead to typical link margin improvements of 1dB.

Advances in flexibility

iDX 2.0 tightly integrates iDirect’s award-winning Group Quality of Service (QoS) technology with Adaptive Coding and Modulation (ACM). By coupling these technologies, service providers can create more flexible service offerings and improve customer satisfaction in geographies commonly impacted by adverse weather conditions. For example, they can establish Extended Information Rate (EIR) options that maintain a fixed Committed Information Rate (CIR) during periods of rain fade, giving their customers the choice of more service level guarantees at different price points.

“With the power of iDX 2.0, service providers can meet escalating traffic requirements with next-generation performance and efficiencies. iDX 2.0 is a critical development in iDirect’s technology roadmap. It advances our commitment to a single intelligent platform that supports our hardware products and advanced software features, and equips our partners with new innovations to distinguish their offerings and greater flexibility to meet dynamic market requirements.”

Chief Technology Officer, iDirect

All products will be available to ship at the end of September 2009. iDX 2.0 offers more enhancements for existing customers. For additional details, please visit iDirect’s booth at IBC, #5.A11 or visit


iDirect, a subsidiary of VT Systems, is transforming the way the world gets and stays connected. The company’s satellite-based IP communications technology enables constant connectivity for voice, video and data applications in diverse and challenging environments. These include extending private networks to remote offices; supporting mobile connectivity across land, sea and air; providing rural telephony and Internet broadband; and maintaining communications in the wake of disasters and network failures. The iDirect Intelligent Platform™ integrates advanced technology into iDirect’s portfolio of hubs, routers and network management software to address the growing complexity of deploying and managing global IP networks. With more than 13 years of global satellite communications experience, iDirect serves customers in 50 countries through a diverse network of channel partners, including some of the largest satellite providers, operators and carriers in the world and seven of the World Teleport Association’s Global Top Ten. Headquartered in Herndon, Virginia, iDirect has offices in Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa and Latin America. Please visit

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