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iDirect Ushers In New Levels Of Performance And Efficiency

New Universal Line Cards and 9-Series remotes feature deliver significant throughput and efficiency gains, field upgrade path to DVB-S2X

Herndon, VA, March 8, 2016 — Singapore Technologies Electronics Limited’s related US Satellite communication company, VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced the release of its 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). iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

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 debut of our next generation ULCs represents an exciting first step in our broader DVB-S2X strategy,” says 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.”

The 9-series remotes will be available in Q1 2016, and the ULCs will be available in Q2 2016 with future software releases that will continue to expand their capabilities.


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. In 2008, iDirect Asia Pte Ltd was established in Singapore to enhance its value-add and responsiveness to customers in the Asia Pacific region. For more information please visit

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

Media contacts:

Julie Bettinger
Vice President, Corporate Marketing
VT iDirect
Phone: (1) 703 648 8155

Hunter Rawley
Senior Associate, Corporate Communications
VT Systems
Phone: (1) 703 739 2610

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