Our ultra-high capacity split mount microwave radio

The Aviat ODU 600 is a next generation, universal outdoor unit (ODU) for split-mount applications, incorporating latest ASIC technology to combine ultra-small size and weight with low power consumption, and smooth evolution to ultra-high capacity by supporting up to 4096QAM and 110/112 MHz channel spacings.

ODU 600 is compatible with Aviat Eclipse and CTR indoor platforms, including backwards compatibility with already deployed hardware and software to facilitate easy introduction to existing networks.

ODU 600 is a high capacity ODU that meets the capacity demands of the future in a compact footprint.

ODU 600 benefits

  • Smaller antennas: in most cases, and particularly at higher modulations where it is needed, ODU600 now supports higher Tx output power for lowest cost deployments;
  • Future-proof: ODU600 is now ready to support modulations up to 4096QAM, and extra-wide channels up to 112MHz, for a total throughput over 1 Gbps in a single unit;
  • Smaller, lighter, and easier to handle: 70% smaller (by volume) and more than 50% lighter than the previous ODU600 version;
  • Greater flexibility, simplified management: 70% reduction in number of product variants through enhanced tuning range, for simplified sparing and lower shipping and installation costs; and
  • Backwards compatible: the new ODU600 is fully backward compatible with all deployed Eclipse and CTR indoor units (minimum version of software required), can be fitted to existing ODU600 antennas (with adapter kit), and is over the air interoperable with the previous version of ODU600.

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Breakthrough transmit power performance for mission critical networks

Aviat’s radios are the highest power radios in the industry with up to 5x more transmit power than previously available solutions.

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ODU 600 Flexible Power Mode

Flexible Power Mode

The Aviat ODU 600 is the industry’s first universal ODU to support software-defined base and high power modes in a single ODU with Aviat’s unique Flexible Power Mode (FPM) capability.

This allows operators to optimize both cost and performance, minimizing their overall total cost of ownership.

Pay for performance only when needed

With Flexible Power Mode (FPM), operators can deploy a base power radio initially, and upgrade to high power (licensed-based), if and only when needed, thereby reducing initial CAPEX spending.

The flexibility of having a single platform choice for multiple deployment applications across a network also provides tremendous deployment and re-deployment flexibility with reduced OPEX by minimizing inventory, sparing, training, etc.

Pay for performance only when needed

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Microwave made in the USA

Our radios are designed, built and supported all within the USA. Aviat’s nationwide presence includes Corporate Headquarters and R&D center, manufacturing, and comprehensive in-country deployment services and after-sales support network. Combined with our 50 year presence and expertise, you can be assured of superior products and support for all your needs.

We have over 50 years of unparalleled experience in building mission critical microwave solutions, which is why we are the leading supplier to public safety organizations, utility companies and government agencies in this country.

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Key features

The Aviat ODU 600 delivers the highest transmit output power in its class of ODUs across multiple frequency bands, including:

  • Broad operating frequency range: 6 – 42 GHz
  • High throughput per T/R, per polarization: Up to 850 Mbit/s data
  • Flexible Power Mode (FPM) for software-defined base power and high power modes in the same unit
  • Multiple transport options – Carrier Ethernet, PDH/SDH/SONET or Hybrid (mixed-mode Carrier Ethernet + PDH/SDH/SONET) in a single radio channel
  • Over-the-air interoperable with previous versions of ODU 600 to facilitate easy upgrade and evolution
  • Compatible with CTR, Eclipse IDU and INU transport and switching platforms
  • Full 4096 QAM Adaptive Coding and Modulation (ACM) with Eclipse
  • Supports concurrent ACM (Adaptive Coding and Modulation) and XPIC (Cross-Polarization interference cancellation) operation


  • Operating frequencies L6/U6, 7/8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 18, 23, 26, 28, 32, 38 and 42 GHz;
  • High throughput per T/R, per polarization
    • Typically 850 Mbit/s data
    • Up to 127xDS1
  • Flexible Power Mode (FPM) for software selectable standard or optional high power mode;
  • Transport options- Carrier Ethernet, PDH/SDH/SONET or Hybrid (mixed- mode Carrier Ethernet + PDH/SDH/ SONET), IP/MPLS, in a single radio channel (dependent on indoor unit);
  • Up to 4096QAM, with ACM (dependent on indoor unit/RAC);
  • Channel size support from 3.5 to 110/112 MHz, dependent on indoor unit/RAC
  • Wide diplexer tuning range to minimize spares holding, simplify ordering and inventory;
  • Configurations supported include 1+0 NP, 1+1 MHSB, 1+1 MHSB SD, 2+0, 2+0 XPIC;
  • Ultra-compact: 230 x 180 x 65mm, 2.7 L, all frequency bands;
  • Operating temperature Range: -33 to +55 degrees C
  • Compatible with Aviat Eclipse IDU GE3, RAC 70/7X, RAC 60/6X/60E/6XE, RAC 30v3, with R08.00.72 and above operating software.
  • Compatible with Aviat CTR 8540 (RAC 1x, RAC 2x), CTR 8311, 8312 and 8380 (versions 1 and 2) with R3.2 and above operating software.
  • Over the air interoperable with the previous version of ODU600 (v1).

Offshore: Microwave Radio use in Explosive Situations

In oil and gas exploration, danger’s part of the business. In particular, offshore drilling is hazardous (e.g., water inundation, drill-hole blowouts). However, there are acceptable levels of risk, and the industry participants take those into account when they work in the field. But one item that should not be a hazard is the microwave radio installations rigs and other platforms use to communicate to shore.

As all know, microwave radios use a certain amount of electricity in order to operate. And microwave radios, waveguides and antennas emit energy when they transmit. However, onboard an offshore rig or other types of floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels flammable gasses are always present and have the possibility of becoming explosive in the presence of operating microwave radio equipment.

Until recently there were few solutions that could offer protection against the high chance of calamity associated with using microwave aboard an FPSO. Now there is a solution that has passed ATEX and IECEx Zone 1 certifications for mitigating the danger of explosive gasses: the BATS DVM ExP2 has passed both major safety body equipment requirements for operation in potentially explosive atmospheres.

Pressurized radome keeps flammable gas away from Eclipse radios The BATS pressurized radome enclosed antenna aiming and tracking system (AATS) combined with one or two Aviat ODU 600s connected with a 0.9m or smaller antenna is the only microwave radio solution for potentially explosive atmospheric situations that is certified for use as per these two leading safety regimes. The system purges any potential flammable gas from the radome and once pressurized keeps any flammable gas out and away from the powered microwave radio.

Gas cannot get inside due to the positive pressure of the system. The only way gas could enter is if there is no longer positive pressure within the dome. In that case, everything in the dome is automatically shut off. The system is designed so that there is no possible way for gas to enter the system and any electronics to be active. All microwave and stabilization systems are plugged into a hardwire PDU/alarm system that automatically shuts power off at the source in the event of a loss of pressure.

Only antenna alignment system based on two technologies Combined with its AATS capabilities to align microwave antennas onboard floating platforms to shore, a BATS-Aviat microwave radio antenna solution can stabilize the microwave signal on a vessel or platform as it moves—due either to sea motion or sway. This system uses two types of alignment technologies: GPS and Signal Quality Tracking Algorithms (SQTA).

With SQTA, the microwave radio beam is tested for the center of the beam, which is aimed directly at the center of the receiver. This algorithm runs continuously resulting in a dynamically aimed system through the BATS sync system, keeping the link on beam as much as possible as the ocean conditions change and move the floating platform. Systems that rely exclusively on GPS to accomplish microwave antenna alignment between ship and shore—and vessel to vessel—are very inexact, achieving lower quality links that may be off-center with only a portion of the signal strength and capacity of an on-beam signal.

In addition, in emergency shutdown (ESD) situations, it is unwise to have heavy reliance on GPS because if the floating platform is powered down, the GPS units will also lose power. A BATS-Aviat solution has its own internal power and using the signal tracking algorithm, it can maintain a last line of communication to shore or a companion rig when everything else onboard is shutdown.

For more information on the BATS-Aviat microwave radio antenna alignment solution, please download the datasheet.

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How Many Radio Options Are You Juggling?

Balancing cost and performance is a tough act for most operators dealing with telecom networking, especially when it comes to equipment procurement.  Getting all the bells and whistles can sometimes result in having a lot of options to choose from.   Often times microwave users have to juggle with a variety of radio options that suit a particular site requirement, for example, having to select between low power or high power radios to meet varying distance or system throughput/gain needs.  Depending on location and licensing requirements, this may even translate into different products types for different frequency bands.  More products result in more spares to maintain in inventory, along with added support and maintenance, inevitably leading to higher costs.

To help address this challenge, Aviat recently unveiled the industry’s first universal outdoor unit (ODU) to support software- defined base and high power modes in a single ODU, with Aviat’s unique Flexible Power Mode (FPM) capability.  FPM allows operators to optimize both cost and performance, minimizing their overall total cost of ownership, by paying for the power they need only when needed.  As a result, operators can procure a single ODU for multiple locations and via a simple software licensing mechanism, remotely adjust the transmit output power to meet the needs of a particular site.  No need to spare multiple radios, nor deal with the operational burden of managing and supporting a variety of product options.

Additionally, operators can apply this flexibility to migrate from legacy low power, low capacity radios to a high power and performance ODU  to support much greater link throughput, without having to change their installed antennas. This minimizes both their CAPEX and OPEX while migrating their network from a legacy low capacity TDM microwave link to a high speed Ethernet one.

So while juggling may still be a well needed skill to survive in Telecom, Aviat is reducing the load when it comes to microwave networking. Click here to find out more.

Errol Binda Senior Solutions Marketing Manager Aviat Networks

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The European Advanced Networking Test Center and Upperside Conferences invited interested vendors to our public multi-vendor interoperability test and showcase at the MPLS + SDN + NFV World Congress 2017. All 15 participants, including Aviat Networks, were able to actively shape the program and set the course during the preparation of the hot-staging. The hot staging itself was a closed doors fully immersive test event taking place at EANTC’s lab in Berlin, with the whole set-up being transported and demonstrated live at the Paris conference. Successful results are published in the white paper.

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This paper discusses the practical implications of using Aviat’s ultra high power EHP radios with smaller antennas. These include: lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), transportation, and ease of installation. A comparison of the technical specifications and cost figures of a deployment using EHP radio with 4ft antennas against 8ft. antennas and standard radios are discussed for a non-protected configuration to highlight the benefits of using smaller antennas with the EHP radio.

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What customers and analysts are saying

Chris Negron

Director, Wireless Infrastructure, Southern Light

As you know, we deployed your Eclipse IRU 600 series radios last year... they are two of the best performing hops in our network.

Rob Reish

Communication Manager, ODOT/OSP Wireless Section

Oregon has been a customer of Aviat's for well over 20 years. The reliability of the Aviat equipment has been phenomenal, and the installation and maintenance support from Aviat has always exceeded our expectations. We expect no less as we implement our new microwave network. Aviat's people consistently show that reliability and customer satisfaction are their primary goals.

Richard Webb

Senior Directing Analyst, Infonetics

According to our research, for two years in a row, reliability is the No. 1 customer criteria for choosing a microwave vendor. High transmit power means more reliable microwave links; it is perhaps the most critical factor in enabling higher microwave network uptime. With this product, Aviat leads the industry in transmit power.

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