MaxLinear’s Family of Front-End Receivers Reduces Complexity of
Transitioning Cable Platforms to Hybrid and All IP-based Systems
Deployment of Certified 16- and 24-Channel DOCSIS 3.0 Designs
Targeted Before End of Year
CARLSBAD, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 6, 2012--
MaxLinear Inc., (NYSE: MXL) a leading provider of integrated, radio
frequency (RF) and mixed-signal integrated circuits for broadband
communications applications, today announced that its industry-leading
Full-Spectrum Capture (FSCTM) digital cable front-end
receivers have been adopted into more than 12 video gateway and set-top
box designs at major manufacturers in the U.S., Europe and Asia.
“Video gateway and set-top box markets are evolving rapidly as cable
providers strive to meet burgeoning consumer demand for bandwidth and
content,” said Brian Sprague, MaxLinear’s Vice President and General
Manager for Broadband and Consumer Products. “MaxLinear’s growing family
of FSC receivers facilitates more efficient distribution of video and IP
services, faster download speeds, lower power, and lower cost designs.
We are looking forward to supporting our customers’ deployments at the
end of this year.”
MaxLinear’s family of FSC receivers enables cable operators to meet the
ever-increasing consumer demand for rich multimedia and data through
flexible deployment of downstream bandwidth while migrating to
high-capacity DOCSIS 3.0 voice and IP data gateways, video gateways, and
hybrid or IP-based set-top boxes.
By delivering up to 1 Gigabits per second (Gbps) of data reception
capability, the FSC receivers enable cable operators to compete against
telecom carriers that have recently announced 300Mbps of Internet
service offerings. Each FSC device replaces several discrete
single-channel cable tuners in a gateway or a set-top box with just one
broadband multi-channel receiver.
Announced in March of this year, MaxLinear’s MxL265 and MxL267 FSC
receivers are optimized for cable voice and data modem applications,
while the MxL256 and MxL258 receivers are optimized for video gateway
The MxL265 and 267 receivers can simultaneously receive any combination
of 16 or 24 channels, respectively, located anywhere in the cable
spectrum, to deliver up to 1Gbps downstream data speeds in data
applications. The MxL256 and MxL258 FSC receivers, each of which
includes integrated on-chip QAM demodulators optimized for cable video,
can simultaneously receive six or eight channels, respectively, located
arbitrarily in the cable spectrum.
MaxLinear’s FSC receivers, with their superior levels of integration,
and extremely low power consumption, minimize PCB footprint, eliminate
expensive external RF components such as LNAs and simplify design of
customer platforms by eliminating the need for complex heat removal
In full 1-Gigahertz cable spectrum capture mode, the 16-channel MxL265
and 24-channel MxL267 receivers consume only 110 and 90 milliwatts of
power per channel, respectively.
One of the key benefits of full spectrum capture reception is the
ability to implement fast channel change in multi-channel video systems.
The 6-channel MxL256 and 8-channel MxL258 FSC receivers also incorporate
an on-chip Out-of-Band (OoB) demodulator which directly interfaces with
a CableCard in video applications. Additionally, there is an on-chip
SCTE55-1 and 55-2 compliant FEC decoder with transport stream output
interface. Both MxL256 and MxL258 chips easily exceed the stringent
performance requirements of SCTE40 for cable video applications.
MaxLinear’s FSC family of devices supports an on-chip spectrum-analyzer
function, and a wake-on-WAN capability. The spectrum-analyzer function
enables MSOs to remotely monitor and diagnose potential problems with
customer premise equipment, thereby reducing truck roll costs.
The wake-on-WAN capability of the FSC receivers allows the host
processor in a set-top-box, a gateway or a modem to remain in a dormant
state until the detection of a unique wake-up packet from the cable
network. This feature eliminates the need to keep customer premises
equipment fully powered up during inactivity. The power control
flexibility of MaxLinear's FSC devices enables compliance with the
requirements of Energy Star and the European Code of Conduct for Digital
TV Services and Broadband Equipment for both standby and operating modes.
The MxL265 16-channel and the MxL267 24-channel DOCSIS 3.0 devices are
pin-to-pin compatible in a standard 7mm X 7mm QFN package. The 6-channel
MxL256 and the 8-channel MxL258 video devices are pin-to-pin compatible
in a standard 9mm x 9mm QFN package. All solutions enable gateway and
set-top box manufacturers to minimize costs by utilizing the same system
design and software for different market segments.
Customer samples of the MxL265 and MxL267 are available now with volume
production in Q3 2012. Additionally, customer samples of the MxL256 and
MxL258 are available now with volume production in Q4 2012. Contact
MaxLinear for ordering information.
About MaxLinear, Inc.
MaxLinear, Inc. is a leading provider of radio-frequency and
mixed-signal semiconductor solutions for broadband communications
applications. MaxLinear is located in Carlsbad, California, and its
address on the Internet is www.maxlinear.com.
MxL, Full-Spectrum Capture 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 MaxLinear’s Full-Spectrum Capture
(FSC™) digital cable front-end receivers. These forward-looking
statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other
factors that may cause actual results to be materially different from
any future results expressed or implied by these forward-looking
statements. MaxLinear’s expectations about the capabilities and adoption
by OEMs may not be realized, and the market for the Full-Spectrum
Capture (FSC™) digital cable front-end receivers may not develop as
MaxLinear currently anticipates. MaxLinear cannot predict its future
rates of revenue growth, if any, including whether to the extent to
which FSC™ adoption may affect future revenue. MaxLinear’s business,
revenues, and operating results are and will be subject to numerous
risks and uncertainties, including (among others) uncertainties
concerning how end user markets for its products will develop; its
dependence on a limited number of customers for a substantial portion of
revenues; its ability to continue to develop and introduce new and
enhanced products on a timely basis; and potential decreases in average
selling prices for its products. 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 most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended
December 31, 2011 filed with the SEC on March 14, 2012 and our Quarterly
Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2012 filed with the
SEC on August 2, 2012. 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 or otherwise.
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