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ST Engineering iDirect unveils next generation Mx-DMA technology

(9 March 2020 - ST Engineering iDirect) ST Engineering iDirect, a company of ST Engineering North America, has introduced its Mx-DMA MRC (multi-resolution coding) technology which unites SCPC (single carrier per channel) efficiency and TDMA (time-division multiple access) scalability in an innovative way, adding ground-breaking new dimensions of adaptivity.

Building on the well-established, award-winning Mx-DMA technology, Mx-DMA MRC will answer the market’s call for unprecedented service agility, extending the availability of Mx-DMA to very large networks and expanding the applicability and use of the technology to include a full spectrum of use cases.

The introduction of Mx-DMA MRC brings forth the full scalability of TDMA return link technologies to the original Mx-DMA HRC (high resolution coding) return at the same efficiency levels. Service providers can now cover a myriad of use cases in a single return link, from cruise ships and large enterprise customers to SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) and broadband access, sharing satellite capacity more efficiently over a group of satellite terminals and applications achieving the lowest total cost of ownership.

“With the added dimensions and scalability of MRC, we are unlocking tremendous flexibility and scale so our customers can deliver a broader range of service levels at a lower cost structure without compromise,” said Thomas Van den Driessche, President of the Executive Board and Chief Commercial Officer, ST Engineering iDirect. “This will open up many doors for them, enabling them to serve a greater number of markets more efficiently and effectively. As we move towards a converged offering, it is technology like this that will be integral for the future success of our customers, and we remain dedicated to protecting their investment with us, today and tomorrow.”

Mx-DMA MRC is a return link technology that combines the benefits of MF-TDMA – ideal for bursty traffic and higher contention services with the spectrum efficiency of SCPC that is more applicable to dedicated higher data and video rate return links, into a single return technology suited to a greatly expanded set of applications. Mx-DMA scales in MHz independent of the number of terminals so customers may be served with a single return link for the majority of their use cases, minimizing operational complexity and maximizing statistic multiplexing. Mx-DMA MRC delivers these benefits by maintaining the industry-leading spectral efficiency of Mx-DMA HRC while drastically improving the agility, scalability and fill efficiency. Designing an Mx-DMA MRC link does not require precise knowledge of the traffic and terminal mix as the link self-optimizes in real time. Moreover, the high efficiency enables bandwidth savings, higher throughput, better network availability and substantial terminal cost savings.

The first release of Mx-DMA MRC will be available to early adopters on the Newtec Dialog platform in Q3 2020.

About ST Engineering North America

ST Engineering North America is the U.S. headquarters of ST Engineering, a global technology, defense and engineering group specializing in the aerospace, electronics, land systems, and marine sectors. Based in Alexandria, VA, it has major operations across 17 cities in 13 states and employs about 5,000 people providing innovative products and solutions to commercial and government customers across diverse market segments.

About ST Engineering iDirect

ST Engineering iDirect, a subsidiary of ST Engineering North America, is a global leader in satellite communications providing technology and solutions that enable its customers to optimize their networks, differentiate their services and profitably expand their businesses. With the recent acquisition of Newtec, a recognized industry pioneer, the combined business unites over 35 years of innovation focused on solving satellite’s most critical economic and technology challenges, and expands a shared commitment to shaping the future of how the world connects. The product portfolio, branded under the names iDirect and Newtec, represents the highest standards in performance, efficiency and reliability, making it possible for our customers to deliver the best connectivity experience anywhere in the world. ST Engineering iDirect is the world’s largest TDMA enterprise VSAT manufacturer and is the leader in key industries including broadcast, mobility and military/government. In 2007, iDirect Government was formed to better serve the U.S. government and defense communities.