Dial it UpGet ready to deliver high-performance,
cost-efficient bandwidth levels
As a satellite service provider your ability to dial-
up the bandwidth for your customers depends
on whether you have the latest RF capabilities to
harness this power from above. And do so in a
manner that lowers the cost per bit to your
Today the market is actively adopting the DVB-S2X
standard, which is designed to help achieve even
higher performance and efficiency over current
and next-generation satellites. Those who are able
to best maximize the current capabilities of DVB-S2
while being ever-ready to crank up the bandwidth
levels to meet customer expectations will be in
best position to lead in a new era of satellite.
At iDirect, we are constantly looking to evolve our
technology to open new market opportunities and
to lower the cost of service delivery in significant
new ways. It is your Intelligent Path Forward
to support rapidly changing needs and enable
dynamic growth by building on the strengths of our
Our technology advancements evolve around
improving performance, efficiency, scale, and
extensibility. In this digital feature we examine
enhancements in the areas of performance and
efficiency, allowing you to embrace DVB-S2X at
the right pace for your operations.
Can you feel the power coming
down from the sky? New,
stronger satellites are beaming
down abundant capacity at
ever-increasing RF speeds.
The availability of more powerful multi-spot beams
and larger transponders gives service providers
the opportunity to drive larger carriers at higher
MODCODs resulting in more throughput over their
The migration to DVB-S2X enables ultra-fast
networks with the latest advances in efficiency and
performance ranging from larger MODCODs to finer
granularity and adaptivity, while maintaining high
quality transmissions. And iDirect is developing all
the right building blocks for a system-wide adoption
of the new standard.
For many service providers, however, shifting to
DVB-S2X will happen over the next several years.
For iDirect customers, the ability to dial-up
performance and efficiency is a two-step
approach. Step one is to max out the existing
investment in DVB-S2. Step two is to get ready
for DVB-S2X with several core technologies.
Both DVB-S2 and DVB-S2X will co-exist on one
platform. Our customers can execute on a cost-
effective, thoughtfully planned migration to
DVB-S2X that leverages their existing
investment in iDirect.
• Aero Remotes
• EC Series
• Universal Line Cards
• Next Gen. Remote Series
Dial-Up the Performance
The 9-series is our new high-performance remote family
that gives you an immediate boost in throughput.
Powerful, next-generation aero remote modules archi-
tected specifically for operation on commercial aircraft, and
support for Defence aero applications requiring very large
Embedded Computing (EC) remotes that combine iDirect
technology with“best in class”third-party solutions to create a
one-box solution designed to reduce the hardware and energy
footprint, simplify installation and decrease points of failure.
High-powered universal line cards are DVB-S2 compliant
and DVB-S2X ready.
The next gen ASIC remote series is designed to reach
throughput levels of 500 Mbps-1 Gbps of aggregate through-
put and is S2 and S2X capable.
iDirect Intelligent Gateway Appliance (iGW) significantly
accelerates hub-processing performance and consolidates hub
infrastructure. It can operate a S2 or S2X outbound carrier that
co-exists in the same RF spectrum.
ULC-T ULC-R DLC-T/-R
High Powered Universal Line Cards
The transmit line cards operate
in an extended MODCOD range
including 32APSK, can help
saturate a transponder more
effectively with pre-distortion
techniques and are DVB-S2X-ready.
The receive line cards feature
four-times the capacity of previous
line cards, they can operate at
an aggregate symbol rate up to
29Msps, with individual carriers up
to 15Msps and 16QAM MODCODs.
Defense variants are FIPS 140-2
Level 3 compliant, have conformal
coating, and include an on-board
TRANSEC module for added
These new line cards can co-exist with the current line cards and hub equipment and can be used to
build out the capabilities of existing networks.
A cornerstone of iDirect’s Intelligent Path Forward innovation strategy is our next-generation Universal
Line Cards for both Evolution® and iDirect Velocity™. These high-powered universal line cards are
DVB-S2 compliant and DVB-S2X ready.
The High Performance 9-series
The 9-series is our new high-performance remote family that gives you an immediate boost in bandwidth. This
series of remotes come in a variety of different form factors, including a rackmount version (9350), a board
level version (900) and a SWaP-optimized board (950mp). The series features up to 150 Mbps of aggregate
throughput with DVB-S2 and Adaptive TDMA with 15 Msps carrier and a path to well over 200 Mbps via support
of 29 Msps with Adaptive SCPC.
The CX780 (Aero) is a powerful, next-generation
remote module architected specifically for operation on
commercial aircraft, while the 980 will support Defence
aero applications requiring very large throughputs. The
aero series include fast beam switching, spread spectrum
returns and skew angle compensation to support
aeronautical operations and antennas.
iDirect is developing Embedded Computing
(EC) remotes that combine iDirect technology
with “best in class” third-party solutions to
create a one-box solution.
The EC remotes support a powerful suite of
market-specific software options such as iDirect
SatHaul™ Optimization, and from partners such
as XipLink and Cisco. Service providers can
license supported applications that enhance
the capabilities of the remote, delivering
specialized services to meet specific market
needs and support traffic optimization and
quality of service.
The EC remotes are designed to reduce the
hardware and energy footprint, simplify
installation and decrease points of failure.
Embedded Computing remotes
To improve the throughput
and efficiency of traffic in
enterprise networks the
XipLink XV Series with
embedded XipOS adds
and optimization capabilities
to a satellite network. XipOS
overcomes the challenges
of TCP across any wireless
data link, increasing the
usable bandwidth from 2X to
10X for all TCP applications.
Designed for scale, XipOS
delivers the optimal solution
for many diverse enterprise
requirements based on the
throughput and number of
Deploy Cisco enterprise
capabilities built on 25 years
of innovation and product
leadership. The Cisco 5921
Embedded Services Router
(ESR) extends Cisco IOS®
software to the iDirect
platform, offering Cisco
integrated services within
a one-box remote/routing
solution. The Cisco 5921
ESR provides cost-effective
support of industry standard
protocols for advanced end-
point management across an
iDirect L2oS-based network.
Improve user experience and
save satellite bandwidth by
backhauling 4G/LTE traffic
over satellite with iDirect
TCP Acceleration and IPsec
provide a fast, optimized and
secure connection from the
wireless device to the mobile
operator’s EPC including
transport through the entire
satellite link. Advanced
header and payload
compression techniques save
bandwidth and provide the
most cost effective 4G/LTE
solution over satellite.
A DVB-S2X data path that will
enable service providers to
implement higher MODCODs and
finer granularity on Universal
Higher hub processing and
embedded computing capabilities
through virtualization bundled
into the new Intelligent Gateway.
A next-generation S2X remote
series featuring ASIC chip with
very high demod capabilities of
up to 500 MHz and powerful new
remote software architecture
to support higher packet
iDirect will be releasing several core technologies that unleash the power of
DVB-S2X across our platform.
Get Ready for DVB-S2X
higher Msps, to
support to added
as encryption and
Powerful S2X ASIC
with 500 Mbps - 1
Gbps of aggregate
extends field life,
rapid access to new
Getting our customers ready for the next
level of throughput with DVB-S2X, our
strategy involves pushing performance
much higher. To process that type of
throughput, we have to rethink our entire
system, starting with the terminals.
With our implementation of the ASIC chip
set, employing a multi-core processing
architecture, our next-gen remotes will
be designed specifically to support high-
performance DVB-S2X networks with demod
capabilities of up to 500 MHz designed to
reach new throughput levels of 500 Mbps-1
Gbps of aggregate throughput per remote.
The Next-Gen S2X Terminals
Common Compute Storage
On the hub side, iDirect customers can rely on
the iDirect Intelligent Gateway Appliance (iGW). It
consists of a high-performance compute/storage
platform and compute capabilities for embedded
applications. It also consists of virtualized instances
of Protocol Processors (PPs) allowing us to reduce
the footprint while adding unprecedented levels of
processing and performance capabilities
at the hub.
The Intelligent Gateway
As throughput levels continue to explode and new
market opportunities arise, successful satellite service
providers will always have one hand on the dial, ever-
ready to crank up the performance and efficiency
levels to meet customer expectations.
At iDirect, we have our hand on the dial as well,
providing choice and flexibility and an easy migration
path if and when you are ready to migrate to DVB-
S2X. This ensures our technology can always level up
to your expectations, but in a manner that is most
cost-effective to the business.
It’s a level of performance and efficiency that gets
closer to that of terrestrial networks. And with it
comes some pretty powerful outcomes.
iDirect is evolving our technology to enable dynamic
growth in a new era of opportunity. Consider it
your Intelligent Path Forward, built around three
major areas of technology innovation: Maximizing
Efficiency and Performance, Reengineering Our
Remote Portfolio, and Scale and Extensibility.
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A Hand on the Dial