Latest OTA test leveraging new iQ Series remote sets another industry milestone with forward channel rate of 5.7 bps/Hz as iDirect enters beta testing phase
iDirect announced another successful over-the-air (OTA) test of its next-generation DVB-S2X technology. The test was conducted with the world-leading satellite operator, SES, over C-Band and achieved 5.7 bps/Hz.
The DVB-S2X forward channel and Adaptive TDMA return channel OTA testing was conducted on the SES-4 satellite and leveraged iDirect’s next-generation iQ Desktop Remote, Universal Line Cards and Intelligent Gateway appliance.
VT iDirect recently announced its next-generation DVB-S2X technology, which is based on a powerful, customized ASIC (Application-Specific Integrated Circuit) chipset and powers the new iQ Series family of remotes. iDirect’s iQ Series, which will operate in both DVB-S2X and DVB-S2 mode, 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 course of this year. The family of new remotes are software upgradeable to license added network capabilities and higher throughput levels, thereby reducing the cost of ownership, as well as improving flexibility across a broad array of markets.
“With SES launching three GEO hybrid satellites with wide beams and high throughput capabilities this year, efficient bandwidth management is of utmost importance to our customers. We are pleased to see the bandwidth gains achieved over VT iDirect’s latest technology and will be looking forward to accelerated bandwidths and more efficient data services with the new standard,” said Steven Cooper, Vice President of Product Development and Network Planning, SES.
“VT iDirect has achieved another round of remarkable results as we test our DVB-S2X technology with the industry’s leading satellite operators,” said Wayne Haubner, Senior Vice President, Engineering & Emerging Technologies, VT iDirect. “This test with SES represents our first DVB-S2X forward channel testing over C-Band and the first ATDMA return OTA testing with the iQ Desktop, which validates our DVB-S2X platform being able to deliver significant performance and efficiency gains for SES’ customers. The milestone also expands our momentum as VT iDirect nears beta testing in advance of our commercial launch this year of the iQ Series Desktop and the Intelligent Gateway.”