iDirect’s Next-Generation DVB-S2X Technology Unlocks the Power of the Intelsat EpicNG Platform in Over-the-Air Tests

New iQ Series remote spurs substantial efficiency improvements, approaching 6 bps/Hz

Herndon, VA, December 13, 2016 – VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology and a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced it has completed a successful round of over-the-air tests on the Intelsat 29e satellite leveraging iDirect’s next-generation iQ Series remote. iDirect’s ground infrastructure platform and iQ Series modem technology combined with Intelsat EpicNG satellites yielded a throughput rate of 5.71 bps/Hz – another demonstration of the up to 330% efficiency performance gains on the Intelsat EpicNG platform. This allows iDirect and Intelsat customers to exploit the full capabilities of the DVB-S2X standard so they can more efficiently meet demands for high-speed bandwidth.

The tests were conducted in Intelsat’s teleports from Oct 26-28, 2016 on the Intelsat 29e satellite, running on an iQ remote installed in Atlanta and iDirect’s new Universal Line Card and Hub chassis installed in Mountainside, MD. The successful tests included the operation of DVB-S2X carriers with 64APSK, 128APSK and 256APSK modulation and coding, and roll-off factors of 5%. The user data tests demonstrated substantial efficiency improvements reaching an industry-leading 5.71 bps/Hz in throughput per remote.

“These milestone tests prove how our goals of higher performance, better economics and simplified access can be achieved in operational networks,” said Mike DeMarco, Senior Vice President, Operations, Intelsat. “With iDirect’s iQ remote technology and Intelsat EpicNG capacity, service providers can transition onto our high performance network while leveraging their existing investment in hub infrastructure. This is an important achievement in enabling our customers to expand their businesses into new applications and geographies and realize their future growth objectives.”

iDirect recently announced its next-generation DVB-S2X technology, which is based on a powerful, customized ASIC (Application-Specific Integrated Circuit) chipset that powers the new iQ Series family of remotes.

iDirect’s iQ Series is targeted for broadband, enterprise, and mobility applications and packaged in desktop, rack-mount, board level and embedded compute form factors that will become available over the next 12 months. The family of new remotes is software upgradeable to license-added network capabilities and higher throughput levels, reducing the cost of ownership and improving flexibility across a broad array of markets. This licensing capability eliminates the costs and complexities associated with swapping out the modem in order to enable higher performance and advanced features as end user requirements change.

“We are thrilled to deliver a powerful new class of ground infrastructure so that our combined customer bases can offer exponentially higher data rates and gain unprecedented efficiencies across the Intelsat EpicNG constellation,” said Wayne Haubner, Senior Vice President, Engineering & Emerging Technologies, VT iDirect. “With our release of DVB-S2X, network operators and service providers can unleash the full benefits of High Throughput Satellites today, while being equipped for even higher throughput levels we anticipate with future satellite innovations. Our partnership with Intelsat has led to many significant milestones, and we are excited to carry our tradition forward with this development.”

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VT iDirect, a subsidiary of VT Systems, is a global leader in IP-based satellite communications providing technology and solutions that enable our partners worldwide to optimize their networks, differentiate their services and profitably expand their businesses. For more than 20 years, the VT iDirect organization has focused on meeting the economic and technology challenges across the satellite industry. Today, the product portfolio, branded under the name iDirect, sets new standards in performance and efficiency, making it possible to deliver voice, video and data connectivity anywhere in the world. VT iDirect is the world’s largest TDMA enterprise VSAT manufacturer and is the leader in key industries including mobility, military/government and cellular backhaul. In 2007, iDirect Government was formed to better serve the U.S. government and defense communities. For more information please visit www.iDirect.net.

VT Systems is an engineering company providing integrated solutions to the commercial and government markets in the aerospace, electronics, land systems and marine sectors. VT Systems’ innovative solutions, products and services include aircraft maintenance, repair and modification; software solutions in training and simulation; satellite-based IP communications technology; network solutions that integrate data, voice and video; rugged computers and computer peripheral equipment; specialized truck bodies and trailers; weapons and munitions systems; road construction equipment; and ship design and shipbuilding. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., VT Systems operates globally and is a wholly owned subsidiary of ST Engineering. Please visit www.vt-systems.com.  

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Julie Bettinger
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VT iDirect
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Kimberly Miles
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VT Systems
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