AHA Demonstrates Complete DVB-S2X Modem in SDR Platform

Comtech EF Data Corp.’s AHA Products Group announced today, the successful demonstration of a complete DVB-S2X Modem in the Ettus X310 USRP™ Software Defined Radio (SDR) platform. This modem is based on the AHA4709E2IQ IP core that integrates all pieces of the digital communication path from Ethernet to I/Q symbols (ADC/DAC interface). The modem, as implemented, can transmit and receive data at up to 72 million symbols per second and at data rates of up to 324 million bits per second. The implementation loss is extremely low with the performance of the AHA4709E2IQ IP core itself exceeding the performance of the DVB-S2X specification for some codes.

An advancement of the successful AHA4702 DVB-S2 IP cores, the AHA4709 DVB-S2X series of IP cores comes with added support for lower roll-off factors, higher and lower order modulations, finer-stepped MODCODs and Very Low Signal-to-Noise Ratio (VLSNR) codes. AHA IP cores can be customized for throughput and/or size constraints and implemented in either ASIC or FPGA .

“Our customers have been excited to see us expand our high-performance FEC expertise to include the rest of the digital communications path,” stated Jeff Hannon, AHA Product Group’s General Manager and VP of Engineering. “They are able to focus on other pieces of their system knowing that they have a highly-optimized, high-performance solution from AHA.”

“Ettus Research is excited to partner with companies like AHA that are pushing the leading edge in SDR performance on our USRP platform. The X310 is an ideal platform to develop new technologies rapidly and we are excited to see USRPs used in one of the first DVB-S2X implementations,” said Matt Ettus, President of Ettus Research.

AHA’s Forward Error Correction (FEC) and communication solutions are used by commercial and government customers around the world. With the long schedules required for developing standards-based communication IP, AHA solutions greatly accelerate customer’s time-to-market and lower development costs.

About AHA Products Group

For over 26 years AHA has been the global leader in Lossless Data Compression and Forward Error Correction and now supports crypto acceleration technologies. Based in Moscow, Idaho, the design center develops and markets ICs, PCBs, and IP Cores for commercial and government customers worldwide. AHA products are used in Network Transmission, WAN Optimization, Enterprise Storage, Satellite and Terrestrial Communications, and a wide variety of other systems where data throughput and integrity are vital. A recognized technology innovator, AHA has a reputation for exceptional product quality, reliability, outstanding customer support and is an AS9100 certified manufacturer. AHA Products Group is a part of Comtech EF Data Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of Comtech Telecommunications Corp. (NASDAQ:CMTL). For more information, please visit www.aha.com.

About Ettus Research

Ettus Research™, a National Instruments (NI) company since 2010, is the world’s leading supplier of software defined radio platforms, including the Universal Software Radio Peripheral (USRP™) family of products. By supporting a wide variety of development environments on an expansive portfolio of high performance RF hardware, the USRP platform is the SDR platform of choice for thousands of engineers, scientists and students worldwide for algorithm development, exploration, prototyping and developing next generation wireless technologies across a wide variety of applications. For more information, please visit www.ettus.com or contact us at [email protected].