Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Document and Entity Information

Document and Entity Information (USD $)
In Millions, except Share data, unless otherwise specified
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2013
Jun. 30, 2013
Jan. 27, 2014
Class A Common Stock
Jan. 27, 2014
Class B Common Stock
Entity Information [Line Items]        
Entity Registrant Name MAXLINEAR INC      
Trading Symbol MXL      
Entity Central Index Key 0001288469      
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31      
Entity Filer Category Accelerated Filer      
Document Type 10-K      
Document Period End Date Dec. 31, 2013      
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2013      
Document Fiscal Period Focus FY      
Amendment Flag false      
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding     27,519,400 7,829,822
Entity Well-known Seasoned Issuer No      
Entity Voluntary Filers No      
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes      
Entity Public Float   $ 203