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March 9th, 2016

Significant Throughput + Efficiency Gains With iDirect's New Universal Line Cards + 9-Series Remotes

[Satnews] VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), has released their new Universal Line Cards (ULCs) and 9-Series portfolio of remotes.

With the debut of its next-generation Line Card technology, iDirect elevates capacity and throughput levels to help service providers achieve the optimal performance and capture the exploding market opportunities of High Throughput Satellite (HTS).

Compatible with both Evolution® and iDirect Velocity™ networks, the ULCs deliver impressive gains in both performance and efficiency. The new ULC-R return line card will feature aggregate symbol rates up to 30Msps, with individual carriers up to 15Msps and 16QAM MODCODs for improved efficiency. The new ULC-T transmit line card will feature a powerful combination of 32APSK MODCODs and embedded pre-distortion for optimal operation on saturated transponders.

The ULC-T also touts a software upgrade path to support DVB-S2X carriers up to 125MHz.  With support for both DVB-S2 and DVB-S2X networks, the new ULCs provide a seamless migration  for iDirect customers that leverages their existing hub investments and future proofs their networks while minimizing the need for costly dual-illumination.

Ideally suited for high-value cruise, yacht and offshore drilling and defense markets, the new 9-Series remotes initially feature up to 140Mbps of aggregate throughput performance with a path to well over 200Mbps via support for adaptive 15Msps TDMA and 30Msps with adaptive SCPC. The 9-series remotes, which come in a range of different form factors and capabilities, also offer major reductions in Size, Weight and Power (SWaP), making them ideal for Communications On The Move (COTM) applications. 

As with the ULC-T, select 9-Series remotes are also DVB-S2X upgradable, enabling our partners to support high-performance DVB-S2 networks today with a seamless migration path to DVB-S2X without the need to replace the  customer remote. The 9-series remotes and ULCs will be available in Q2 2016 with future software releases that will continue to expand their capabilities.

The debut of our next generation ULCs represents an exciting first step in our broader DVB-S2X strategy,” said Wayne Haubner, Vice President of Engineering and Emerging Technologies, iDirect. “Future releases will build on this baseline to embrace carriers up to 500MHz and deliver unprecedented new levels of efficiency and performance with 256APSK MODCODs and more than 1Gbps of aggregate throughput to an individual remote site.”