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IXI Technology –
a New Name,
a Legacy of Excellence

IXI Technology, is a leader in the design, manufacture and support of tactical data communications solutions for military and government agencies

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You may not be all that familiar with the name IXI Technology, but you will no doubt recognize their former name – Sabtech Industries. In January 2015 the company announced it was changing its name to IXI to “reflect a strategic approach to advanced technology and a broadening of the company’s focus to include Military & Defense, Industrial Controls and Factory Automation markets.”

If current product developments and contracts are any indication, IXI will soon be a name very well known by the defense, commercial and industrial markets alike.

As IXI, the company remains a major contractor to the U.S. Navy and other military customers, and has now leveraged the hardware and software originally developed for the military, to expand into the commercial and industrial arena. In a statement to the press at the time of the name change, Michael Carter, owner and CEO of IXI Technology, said, “Due to the robustness of our specialized interface boards, rugged computer systems and test equipment, our technology is perfect for industrial applications as well. The legacy of the company includes the redesign of antiquated systems into modern FPGA based solutions and software. IXI has now developed proprietary software that can virtualize hardware into servers.”

USS Halsey – AEGIS equipped missile destroyer – Courtesy USN.
USS Halsey – AEGIS equipped missile destroyer – Courtesy USN

The Legacy

Since the early 1960s NATO forces have relied on “Link 11,” also known as TADIL A, for radio communications. It has since evolved into Link- 16 and Link-22, yet, there remain field systems that require Link-11 support. The challenge is finding ways for modern computers to interface with legacy equipment. To do so requires the add-on of Airborne Tactical Data Systems (ATDS) and/or the Naval Tactical Data Systems (NTDS), interface board. But, not all ATDS and NTDS interface boards are alike. When selecting an interface board, form factor availability and multi-OS support are two main factors to consider. Availability and support for a large number of buses and operating systems means the boards can interface with a wider range of platforms and more legacy systems.

There are more legacy systems still in use than you might imagine. Budget constraints extend the service life of legacy equipment and restrict acquisition of newer equipment. The U.S. military began replacing the Link-11 system in the early 1980s, yet legacy equipment is still being used and maintained.

The integrators, engineers and project managers of IXI have years of experience working with the military, and possess a unique understanding of the need to translate the wealth of tactical information acquired by aging technology into useful and timely data for today’s military operations. IXI offers a family of battle-proven solutions including interfaces, converters and bridge systems.

Electronic warfare system aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington – Courtesy USN
Electronic warfare system aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft
carrier USS George Washington – Courtesy USN

Recent Contracts

Recent contract awards prove IXI has designed modern hardware and software solutions that provide critical interfaces of legacy systems with current technology. On 3 March 2015, IXI announced it had won a multi-year, firm-fixed price, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract for its advanced Data I/O Converter system.

IXI’s Data I/O Converter converts data from the Naval Tactical Data System (NTDS) to fiber for the AN/SLQ- 32(V) shipboard electronic warfare system that provides electronic support and countermeasure protection for U.S. and international Navies.

IXI’s Data I/O Converter is a critical component of the AN/SLQ-32(V) 6 system and is used to convert information from non-open architecture legacy systems to an open architecture Linux system via an Ethernet local area network (LAN). IXI’s Data I/O Converter with Data Manager is the only solution verified and certified by the AEGIS certification authority for interface to the AEGIS Combat Management System. The Data I/O Converter links weapons, radar and other critical systems to Windows or UNIX/Linux-based computers over Ethernet.

IXI’s Carter says he is particularly proud to provide this unique solution to the U.S. Navy and its allies. Developing innovative ways of integrating yesterday’s and today’s technologies for a better tomorrow is now IXI’s legacy.

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