MaxLinear MxL85110 Virtual Fiber™ 20 Gigabit Ethernet Modem SoC Selected by Technetix for Wireless Fronthaul-over-Coax Solution

  • Technetix’s revolutionary Virtual Segmentation™ solutions enable MNOs to provide 10 Gbps symmetrical throughput over existing coax, powered by MaxLinear 20Gbps modem technology

CARLSBAD, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- MaxLinear Inc. (NYSE: MXL), a leading provider of radio frequency (RF) and mixed-signal integrated circuits for the connected home, wired and wireless infrastructure, and industrial and multimarket applications, today announced that Technetix Inc. has selected its MxL85110 broadband modem system-on-chip (SoC) for a new product that enables 10 Gbps throughput over coaxial cable infrastructure.

As mobile network operators (MNOs) face the challenge of providing high-bandwidth fronthaul and backhaul networks to address the bandwidth and low latency requirements of future 5G services, Technetix’s Virtual Segmentation™ product line provides high-speed connections using existing coaxial cable infrastructure. This saves the cost of laying new fiber-optic cabling, providing MNOs with new flexibility in terms of where to locate nodes and how to provide connectivity to their core network.

Virtual Segmentation Uses Coax to Meet Needs of 4G, 5G Fronthaul

By using Virtual Segmentation, 10 Gbps throughput can be provided over a single coaxial cable, alleviating the need to lay fiber or to carefully position and spectrum-manage adjacent fixed wireless radios. For suburban locations where coax is available, 5G can be provisioned quickly and cost-effectively given the ability to leverage existing coax infrastructure.

This video-centric market mandates stringent quality-of-service (QoS) requirements over all transport media. Virtual Segmentation delivers robust connectivity over coaxial cable and provides configurable QoS assurance, TR-069 remote management, and secure firmware upgrade capability.

The Technetix Virtual Segmentation product uses MaxLinear’s MxL85110 chipset. The MxL85110 provides up to 20 Gbps (10 downstream + 10 upstream) Ethernet capacity, ultra-low latency of 5 microseconds per node, and Adaptive Code Modulation ranging from BPSK to 1024 QAM. The device can be programmed for flexible bandwidth from 25MHz to 2GHz, with independent asymmetric transmit and receive configuration. It also delivers the highest spectral and payload efficiency for productive utilization of cable bandwidth with no MAC-layer overhead. Additional features include carrier-grade synchronous Ethernet and IEEE 1588v2 synchronization and an integrated management channel.

“Technetix is a leading provider of cable products worldwide. Their innovative Virtual Segmentation solutions address a real market need for cable plant diversity, leveraging existing infrastructure for 5G service deployment, resulting in significant capital expenditure savings, dramatic improvement in the 5G network rollout business case, and accelerating deployment time-frames,” said Brendan Walsh, Vice President of the Wireless Group for MaxLinear.

“New applications like 4K video, cloud storage, real-time gaming, video streaming and voice-activated assistants will push the demands of 4G networks. Our carrier customers are demanding fronthaul and backhaul solutions that can scale to handle these applications, while having enough headroom to support future services enabled by 5G,” said Paul Broadhurst, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Technetix. “By using MaxLinear’s Virtual Fiber modem platform, we ensure we meet our customer requirements today, while having the flexibility to adapt to new requirements in the future.”

The Technetix Virtual Segmentation product provides a 10GbE input to connect to the core network/uplink, single RF output connecting the transceiver to the network, and is deployable as either a transceiver or repeater. The product supports flexible provisioning of upstream and downstream frequency configuration with an industrial-grade temperature range that allows for deployment in harsh environmental conditions.

Technetix’s Virtual Segmentation products will be displayed at MaxLinear’s Mobile World Congress demonstration suite. To view a demonstration of these products, please contact a MaxLinear sales representative or send an email to

About Technetix

Technetix is a global provider of market leading broadband technology to major cable operators worldwide. We deliver 135 million products every year to over 2,300 customers based in 91 countries. Technetix can provide MSOs with innovative products and solutions throughout the network - from the headend to the home. For more information please visit

About MaxLinear, Inc.

MaxLinear, Inc. (NYSE:MXL), a leading provider of radio frequency (RF), analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits for the connected home, wired and wireless infrastructure, and industrial and multimarket applications. MaxLinear is headquartered in Carlsbad, California. For more information, please visit

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