SatixFy Announced the first Beam Hopping Emulator
4 March, 2017
Yoel Gat, CEO of SatixFy: "There's no question whether beam hopping will happen - the question is only when. In five to six years, many communication satellites launched will use beam hopping techniques"
SatixFy from Rehovot, Israel, announced an Emulator for Beam Hopping systems. The emulator supports customers with research, development and testing of various aspects of the beam hopping architecture and is based on SatixFy’s existing silicon ASIC chip: SX-3000. It is a fully compliant DVB-S2X/RCS2 System on Chip based on Software Defined Radio (SDR) technology, and supports Receive channels of up to 500 MHz, multiple receivers and a transmit channel with 500 MHz DVB S2X transmission, or 20 MHz DVB RCS2 return link.
Yoel Gat, CEO of SatixFy, said, “There’s no question whether beam hopping will happen — the question is only when. In five to six years, many communication satellites launched will use beam hopping techniques. Beam hopping is the next evolution of HTS and UHTS. It’s going to increase overall satellite capacity, reduce unmet capacity demand and reduce satellite payload power consumption by up to a factor of 2. It also provides wide system flexibility such as on-the-fly dynamic capacity allocation. SatixFy is proud to be first in the market with terminals that support beam hopping. We make Beam Hopping happen.”
Jumping to Beam Hopping
“With DVB-S2X, satellite operators are designing next-generation architectures with features like beam hopping that enable satellites to adjust their payloads based on real-time demand on the ground,” said Wayne Haubner, Senior Vice President, Engineering & Emerging Technologies, iDirect. “Our newly introduced iQ Series remote is built on the SatixFy ASIC chipset to provide our customers with investment protection as these new features come online.”
Beam Hopping technique resemble cellular cells distribution concept. The satellite spot beams are formed by higher gain antennas with smaller beam widths than continental wide beam transponders. Since there are temporal variations in the capacity demands of each beam area, the satellite can give full spectrum and data link speed to the most needed area in a given time.
According to the European Space Agency, “Compared to uniform power and bandwidth assignment per user beam, the beam hopping provides 50% reduction of DC power consumption. Using the beam hopping, one power amplifier can serve up to 8 beams providing significant saving in required mass particularly for multi-beam systems with user link in Ka band with a large number of beams.”
New Satellite Terminal
This month SatixFy will demonstrate the firs system based on its ASIC chip: A COTM terminal developed together with GetSat. In testing, the GetSat terminal successfully operated at -9dB VLSNR on multiple platforms. This is the first product in the market based on DVB-S2X VLSNR mode, demonstrating operation at these SNR levels, which opens up a variety of new applications using compact terminals for government, military and commercial needs.
“SatixFy is the first company to provide a fully integrated chip that supports the complete DVB-S2X standard, including both mandatory and all optional features,” said Yoel Gat, CEO of SatixFy. “Our partnership with GetSat leverages a capability of the DVB-S2X standard that enables applications over compact terminals that have been very hard to support by satellite technology – from ultra-small man packs to new UAV solutions to the expansion of machine-to-machine communication over satellite. We are ensuring our customers can meet current and future opportunities to gain a sustainable advantage in their markets.”
SatixFy is a leading provider of baseband modem and antenna chips, products and solutions that deliver highest performance with radically reduced cost, size, weight and power. SatixFy also delivers advanced Terminals, Payloads and Gateway equipment. SatixFy is at the forefront of designing the most advanced satellite payloads with on-board-processing, multi-beams and beam hopping as well as indoor/outdoor VSATs systems.