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MaxLinear Launches MxL500 Family Of Full-Spectrum Capture™ Satellite Receiver ICs

MaxLinear Inc. (NYSE: MXL), a leading provider of integrated radio frequency (RF) and mixed-signal integrated circuits for broadband communications applications, today announced the MxL500 family of Full-Spectrum Capture (FSC™) tuner-demodulators for DVB-S/S2 satellite television systems.

The six SoCs in the MxL500 family are the first single-chip Full-Spectrum Capture™ satellite front-end devices on the market, supporting between one and four RF inputs and up to eight DVB-S/S2 demodulator outputs.

The MxL500 family meets or exceeds the signal reception performance, and low power consumption requirements of next-generation satellite applications specified by satellite operators worldwide. The performance feature set of the MxL500 family of products is targeted at next-generation satellite gateways and set-top boxes that support multi-screen viewing, personal video recorder (PVR) functionality, emerging “catch-up television” features, and fast channel change capability. With their ability to support up to four RF inputs, the MxL500 receivers also support the needs of next-generation digital satellite antenna Low Noise Block (LNB) applications.

The power dissipation of the MxL500 devices in a typical next generation satellite application is an unprecedented industry low of 1.7W. The extremely low power consumption of the MxL500 family of devices is attractive to customers and satellite operators due to the inherent system cost reduction, increased reliability of the final product, and attractiveness of products with low overall energy consumption to consumers.

The 40nm digital CMOS, MxL500 family of devices uses MaxLinear’s Full-Spectrum Capture technology to receive up to 4.8 GHz of satellite spectrum. As a result, the MxL500 devices can simultaneously receive any combination of four, six or eight DVB-S/S2 channels (depending on the device) located arbitrarily in the satellite spectrum.

The MxL500 satellite frontend ICs will also accelerate the development of next-generation SAT>IP gateway systems, which convert satellite-delivered video programs into Internet Protocol (IP) accessible content. As a result, subscribers are able to watch their satellite content on IP-connected devices such as smartphones, tablets, PCs and smart TVs – with different programs available on different devices simultaneously.

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