Comtech Radyne DMD2050E Universal Satellite Modem

  • Wide range of Mil. & Comm. Standards
  • Data Rates 2.4 kbps to 52 Mbps
  • Key Loader Interface
  • Doubletalk Carrier-in-Carrier
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Comtech Radyne DMD2050E Universal Satellite Modem

Comtech Radyne's DMD2050E Satellite Modem is designed to comply with the widest possible range of U.S. Government and commercial standards and is compatible with the largest number of satellite modems in the industry. It is fully compliant with MIL-STD-188-165A (all terminal types), fully complies with STANAG 4486 Edition 3, the draft standard MIL-STD-188-165B, as well as the IESS-308, IESS-309, IESS-310 & IESS–315 commercial standards.

DMD2050E Features

  • Standards Compliance:
    • MIL-STD-188-165A (all modes)
    • MIL-STD-188-165B (draft standard)
    • STANAG 4486 Edition 3
    • OM-73
    • IESS-308/309/310/314/315
  • Standard Data Interfaces
    • MIL-STD-188-114 (EIA-530)
    • EIA-613 (HSSI)
    • Ethernet 10/100/1000Base-T (GigE)
  • Serial / Ethernet multiplexing capability
  • AES-256 TRANSEC, FIPS-140-2 L2 compliant
  • Key Loader Interface
  • Ethernet Flow Control & Quality of Service (QoS)
  • Integrated DoubleTalk Carrier-in-Carrier
  • LDPC, TPC, 165B Turbo, Viterbi, Reed Solomon, Trellis & Sequential FEC
  • FEC rates 1/1, 5/16, 1/2, 2/3, 3/4, 7/8, 19/20 and others
  • Information Throughput Adaption (ITA)
  • 2.4 kbps to 52 Mbps
  • 70 ± 18 MHz and 140 ± 36 MHz IF, and 950 – 2000 MHz L-Band in 1 Hz steps
  • DC input power -48 VDC option
  • High-stability reference
  • Asynchronous overhead
  • Automatic Uplink Power Control

The DMD2050E provides highly advanced and bandwidth efficient forward error correction (FEC). Advanced FEC options include Low Density Parity Check (LDPC), Turbo Product Codes (TPCs) and 165B Turbo Codes. Legacy support for Viterbi, Trellis, Concatenated Viterbi Reed-Solomon, and Sequential FEC are also included. A complete range of modulation types is supported including BPSK, QPSK, OQPSK, 8PSK, 8-QAM, 16-QAM and 16APSK.

Advanced FEC and modulation capabilities are integrated with the revolutionary DoubleTalk® Carrier-in- Carrier® bandwidth compression allowing for maximum state-of-the-art performance under all conditions. This combination of advanced technologies enables multi-dimensional optimization, allowing satellite communications users to:

  • Minimize required satellite bandwidth
  • Maximize throughput without using additional transponder resources
  • Maximize availability (margin) without using additional transponder resources
  • Enable use of a smaller BUC/HPA and/or antenna
  • Or, a combination of the above to meet specific mission needs

The DMD2050E also supports Information Throughput Adaptation (ITA). Also referred to as Adaptive Coding and Modulation (ACM), ITA enables modems on each side of a point-to-point link to use the modulation and coding combination that maximizes throughput, and automatically adapts the optimum operating point as conditions (such as weather) change.

Data rates range from 2.4 kbps to 52 Mbps and symbol rates from 4.8 ksps to 30 Msps. The modem provides standard MIL-STD-188-114 (EIA-530 / RS-422), and EIA-613 (HSSI) serial interfaces and 10/100/1000Base-T Gigabit Ethernet interfaces. A dual IF interface supports low IF (52-88, 104-176 MHz), and L-Band (950-2000 MHz) frequency ranges.


The DMD2050E is interoperable with the DMD2050, DMD20, DMD50, DMD1050, SLM-5650/5650A, CDM-625, CDM-600/600L, CDM- 570/570L, as well as many other Comtech satellite modems. It is also compatible with modems from other vendors that are compliant with MIL-STD-188-165A/B or IESS-308/309/310 open standards.

Doubletalk Carrier-in-Carrier

DoubleTalk Carrier-in-Carrier, based on patented “Adaptive Cancellation” technology, allows transmit and receive carriers of a duplex link to share the same transponder space.

Figure 1 shows the typical full duplex satellite link, where the two carriers are adjacent to each other. Figure 2 shows the typical DoubleTalk Carrier-in-Carrier operation, where the two carriers are overlapping, thus sharing the same spectrum.

When observed on a spectrum analyzer, only the Composite is visible. Carrier 1 and Carrier 2 are shown in Figure 2 for reference only.

DoubleTalk Carrier-in-Carrier is complementary to all advances in modem technology, including advanced FEC and modulation techniques. As these technologies approach theoretical limits of power and bandwidth efficiency, DoubleTalk Carrier-in-Carrier utilizing advanced signal processing techniques provides a new dimension in bandwidth and power efficiency.

DoubleTalk Carrier-in-Carrier allows satellite users to achieve spectral efficiencies (i.e. bps/Hz) that cannot be achieved with traditional links. For example, DoubleTalk Carrier-in-Carrier when used with 16-QAM approaches the bandwidth efficiency of 256-QAM (8bps/Hz). As DoubleTalk Carrier-in-Carrier allows equivalent spectral efficiency using a lower order Modulation and/or FEC Code, it can simultaneously reduce CAPEX by allowing a smaller BUC/HPA and/or antenna.

DoubleTalk Carrier-in-Carrier can be used to save transponder bandwidth and/or transponder power thereby allowing successful deployment in bandwidth-limited as well as power-limited scenarios.


Ultra high reliability redundant configurations are supported in conjunction with Comtech EF Data’s RCS-11 and RCS-20 redundancy switches. The RCS-11 can be configured to support 1:1 redundancy for any DMD-2050 configuration. The RCS-20 provides the same functionality for M:N redundant system architectures.

TRANSEC / Key Loader

A transmission security (TRANSEC) module provides bulk AES-256 encryption/decryption in accordance with STANAG 4486 Edition 3 and the Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS)-140-2 Level 2 specifications. A key loader interface is available to reduce configuration complexity and simplify TRANSEC key management (Key Loader device is sold separately).

Flow Control & QoS

Pause Frame flow control is supported on the Ethernet interfaces. QoS is also supported, with both strict priority and fair weighted queuing options.

Information Throughput Adaption

In ITA mode, modems automatically communicate the maximum efficiency modulation and coding mode to be used by the distant end modem, maximizing throughput and link availability under all conditions. Modulation and coding changes are made seamlessly, so there is no reacquisition time or data loss when modems change parameters to maintain optimum performance.

More Information
Country of ManufactureUnited States
ManufacturerComtech EF Data
Input Power100 - 240 VAC, -48VDC
Max Data Rate52 Mbps
ModulationBPSK, QPSK, OQPSK, 8PSK, 8QAM, 16QAM, 16APSK
FECTPC, Viterbi, Reed-Solomon, LDPC
Output Frequency50 - 180 MHz, 70 MHz, 140 MHz
Dimensions1.75” x 19” x 19.25” (4.45 x 48.26 x 48.89 cm)
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