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DIFI Industry Group Releases Updated Interoperability Standard

By Rachel Jewett | August 16, 2022

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The DIFI Consortium has released an updated version of its interoperability standard, which the group says makes a path for interoperability at the digital interface/radio frequency (IF/RF) layer.

The standard announced Aug. 15 is labeled IEEE-ISTO Std 4900-2021: Digital IF Interoperability 1.1 Standard and is a “significant step forward in the maturity of the specification.” This milestone was part of the group’s goals for 2022 after it released version 1.0 last year.

“The broad support for the DIFI organization across the industry and the effort put forth by the members into the release of the 1.1 version of the specification is a testament to the importance that the industry places on the need for interoperability and digital transformation.” commented Stuart Daughtridge, Chairman of DIFI and senior vice president of Advanced Technology at Kratos.

DIFI was formed in August 2021 to advance interoperability in satellite and ground system networks and consolidated with another industry group in December 2021. The group size recently reached more than 50 companies and government organizations as Communications & Power Industries (CPI), Kepler Communications, and others joined.