ViaSat Soft-Decision Forward Error Correction (FEC) Cores Now Available as Off-the-Shelf Products for 100G Optical Transport

Verified 15 and 20 percent overhead FEC cores for 100G optical channels

Mar 02, 2011, 08:00 ET from ViaSat Inc.

CARLSBAD, Calif., March 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- ViaSat Inc. (Nasdaq: VSAT) has readied its most demanding forward error correction (FEC) cores as standardized off-the-shelf products (ECC66100 series) for 100G optical transport. This technology can provide cost savings over optical compensation techniques, increase optical channel capacity, and extend the range of transmission for optical cables. The company will exhibit these FEC cores and its digital signal processing products at the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition and the National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (OFC/NFOEC) beginning March 8 in Los Angeles.


ViaSat proprietary soft-decision coding with 15 or 20 percent overhead improves performance in high data rate and long haul applications by providing up to 11.4 dB net electrical coding gain (NECG). The algorithm of the FEC core is optimized for 100 Gbps data rates and is scalable to 40 Gbps or beyond 100 Gbps. It is also readily adapted for use with higher order modulations (e.g., QPSK, 8PSK, n-QAM) and OFDM. The FEC cores are optimized for low power consumption and latency and are amenable for use with 28 to 65 nm ASIC processes.

ViaSat has built an extensive portfolio of FEC and DSP cores that have demonstrated some of the best performances in the industry. These FEC and DSP cores are verified and available as synthesized RTL. Pricing and customization are available on request by contacting ViaSat at (216) 706-7800 or

ECC66100 Demo at OFC/NFOEC 2011

ViaSat will exhibit in booth #1652 at OFC/NFOEC 2011, March 8-10 in Los Angeles, California.  Showcased in the booth will be a live demo of the ViaSat high-speed soft-decision FEC IP core running on an Altera FPGA development platform.

About ViaSat (

ViaSat produces innovative satellite and other digital communication products that enable fast, secure, and efficient communications to virtually any location. The company provides networking products and managed network services for enterprise IP applications; is a key supplier of network-centric military communications and encryption technologies and products to the U.S. and allied governments; is the primary technology partner for gateway and customer-premises equipment for consumer and mobile satellite broadband services; and owns WildBlue, the premier Ka-band satellite broadband service provider. ViaSat also offers design capabilities and a number of complementary products including monolithic microwave integrated circuits and modules, DVB-S2 satellite communication components, video data link systems, data acceleration and compression, and mobile satellite antenna systems. Based in Carlsbad, Calif., ViaSat has established a number of worldwide locations for customer service, network operations, and technology development.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to the safe harbors created under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including statements that refer to cost savings, gains in channel capacity, and channel impairment compensation for optical cables. Readers are cautioned that actual results could differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ include continued turmoil in global financial markets and economies; the availability and cost of credit; the ability to successfully develop, introduce, and sell new products and enhancements; and other factors affecting the communications industry generally. In addition, please refer to the risk factors contained in ViaSat's SEC filings available at, including ViaSat's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. ViaSat undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements for any reason.

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