CES - MaxLinear Inc. (NYSE: MXL), a
leading provider of integrated radio frequency (RF) and mixed-signal
integrated circuits for broadband communications applications, today
announced the MxL21x family of Full-Spectrum Capture™ (FSC™) receivers
supporting two to four QAM/DVB-C video channels and four DOCSIS® 3.0
Cable set-top-box OEMs can use the receivers to design less expensive
and less complex STBs that deliver both multi-channel broadcast cable TV
services, including personal video recording and fast channel change,
and high-speed Internet access for over-the-top (OTT) Internet video
plus other data services.
The MxL21x family features an FSC-based front-end that receives the full
1 GHz cable spectrum. The devices support two to four QAM demodulators
for transport stream output to a MPEG decoder SoC, and a four-channel
wideband intermediate frequency (IF) output for connecting to an Intel
Puma5® DOCSIS cable modem chip.
The device features two I2C buses that enable independent control of the
MxL21x devices by both the MPEG SoC and the Intel Puma5. This feature
allows the MPEG decoder and the DOCSIS modem to exclusively select the
channels needed for video and data, respectively, without the necessity
for any communication between the MPEG decoder and DOCSIS chips. With
this dual I2C control capability, the STB designer has complete
flexibility in the selection of the MPEG decoder, the ability to develop
software for video and data applications independently and a reduced
bill of materials cost.
The MxL21x family (MxL212, MxL213 and MxL214) also supports remote
monitoring functions including signal power levels across the full
spectrum and channel equalizer parameter settings. This remote spectrum
monitoring capability allows cable MSOs to resolve network problems at
customer premises remotely, resulting in substantial savings in customer
support and network maintenance costs.
MaxLinear has partnered with ZCorum to offer a remote spectrum analyzer
solution for STBs based on MaxLinear FSC tuners. The olution will be
demonstrated in the company's suite at the Consumer Electronics Show in
Las Vegas from Jan. 7 to Jan. 10.
"The MxL21x family enables the design of cost-effective video gateways
for emerging markets like China and Latin America," said Brian Sprague,
Vice President and General Manager for MaxLinear. "Now, OEMs can take
advantage of our FSC technology, scaled down channel count and dual I2C
control to create broadcast plus OTT STBs with many of the features and
capabilities typically found in high-end boxes at a fraction of the
Based on MaxLinear's industry-leading, low-power 40nm CMOS process
technology, devices in the MxL21x family offer a monolithic digital
cable front-end with integrated low-noise amplifier (LNA) and signal
The DOCSIS 3.0 ports on the MxL21x devices provide up to 200 Mbps
downstream speeds. With all four video channels and all four DOCSIS
channels enabled, the chip consumes less than 1.9W, eliminating the need
for expensive heat removal components such as fans, heat shields and
heat sinks inside the STB.
For video applications, the use of FSC technology enables the devices to
simultaneously receive any combination of two or four video and four
DOCSIS channels located arbitrarily in the cable spectrum.
The devices also support an integrated narrow-band, single-channel tuner
for VoIP service when in battery back up mode or for low-power
single-channel operation. The MxL21x product family is pin-compatible
allowing one board design to support a variety of channel configurations.
The MxL21x devices are now available for sampling and will be generally
available in early 2014. Contact MaxLinear sales team at email@example.com
About MaxLinear, Inc.
MaxLinear, Inc. is a leading provider of radio-frequency and
mixed-signal semiconductor solutions for broadband communications
applications. MaxLinear is headquartered in Carlsbad, California. For
more information, please visit www.maxlinear.com.
MxL, Full-Spectrum Capture, FSC and the MaxLinear logo are trademarks of
MaxLinear, Inc. Other trademarks appearing herein are the property of
their respective owners.
Cautionary Note About Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains "forward-looking" statements within the
meaning of federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements include,
among others, statements concerning or implying future financial
performance or trends and growth opportunities affecting MaxLinear, in
particular statements relating to the introduction of the MxL21x
family of Full-Spectrum Capture (FSC™) receivers supporting two to four
QAM/DVB-C video channels and four DOCSIS® 3.0 channels. These
forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks,
uncertainties, and other factors that may cause actual results to differ
materially from any future results expressed or implied by these
forward-looking statements. We cannot predict whether or to what extent
we will realize revenues from the MxL21x family of receivers.
Forward-looking statements are based on management's current,
preliminary expectations and are subject to various risks and
uncertainties, including (among others) intense competition in our
industry; the ability of our customers to cancel or reduce orders;
uncertainties concerning how end user markets for our products will
develop; our lack of long-term supply contracts and dependence on
limited sources of supply; potential decreases in average selling prices
for our products; and risks associated with intellectual property
protection and the prevalence of intellectual property litigation in our
industry. In addition to these risks and uncertainties, investors should
review the risks and uncertainties contained in MaxLinear's filings with
the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including
risks and uncertainties identified in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q
for the quarter ended September 30, 2013. All forward-looking statements
are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. MaxLinear
is providing this information as of the date of this release and does
not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements
contained in this release as a result of new information, future events,
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