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ViaCast launches system for satellite networks

Tue, 04/24/2001 - 8:00pm
Anne Kerven

ViaCast Networks Inc. just launched its IP-Companion satellite receiver/routers that feature 8PSK modulation technology. The product is intended to help reduce recurring satellite costs, the company reports.

The company combines its Turbo Code software and hardware with its Maestro Network Management Software to make the transition from legacy satellite networks to the 8PSK modulation.

No antenna upgrade is needed. ViaCast says the system allows 33 percent more throughput in the same amount of satellite bandwidth, without power penalties. Throughput could increase to up to 100 percent in the same bandwidth if additional power is available.

The system includes an 8PSK turbo decoder, is backward compatible with BPSK and QPSK networks, is DVB-compliant, gives Unicast and Multicast IP data support up to 72 Mbps, supports up to 64 PIDs, has an embedded set-top-box architecture and an L-band receiver.

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