Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Document And Entity Information

Document And Entity Information
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2011
Oct. 21, 2011
Class A Common Stock [Member]
Oct. 21, 2011
Class B Common Stock [Member]
Document Type 10-Q    
Amendment Flag false    
Document Period End Date Sep. 30, 2011
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2011    
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q3    
Entity Registrant Name MAXLINEAR INC    
Entity Central Index Key 0001288469    
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31    
Entity Filer Category Non-accelerated Filer    
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   18,605,585 14,266,387