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MaxLinear Technology Enables Hybrid Satellite-Terrestrial Set-Top Boxes In Latin America

MaxLinear Inc. (NYSE: MXL), a leading provider of integrated radio frequency (RF) and mixed-signal integrated circuits for broadband communications applications, today announced that leading OEMs have selected its MxL683 silicon tuner-demodulator device for new, hybrid satellite + terrestrial set-top boxes (STB) for the Latin America pay TV market.

Pay TV operators in Latin America are increasingly adding ISDB-T 13-segment broadcast receivers into existing satellite STB platforms to capture the growing number of high quality, high definition television (HDTV) channels that are broadcast free-to-air in many cities.

The infrastructure and licensing costs associated with combining and re-transmitting these channels over the existing satellite network can be prohibitively expensive. By integrating the ISDB-T receiver in the STB, satellite operators can free up valuable satellite bandwidth for additional pay TV channels and still offer packages with the “must have” local HD content.

“MxL683 has the best performance of any ISDB-T demod tested to date,” stated Dr. Gunnar Bedicks, Head of Research, Digital TV Laboratory at Mackenzie Presbyterian University. The Mackenzie DTV Lab is considered to be the leading authority on ISDB-T receiver testing in Brazil.

“As the market demand heats up in Latin America, we are pleased to deliver world-class solutions that help the satellite pay TV operators drive the adoption of HD services,” said Brian Sprague, Vice President of Marketing & General Manager at MaxLinear. “The MxL683 has significantly reduced the engineering effort required by our customers to develop hybrid STB solutions.”

Technical Highlights

The MxL683 is a highly integrated, single-chip ISDB-T compliant receiver with best-in-class RF tuner and demodulator performance. The MxL683 offers the highest level of integration and the lowest power consumption of any ISDB-T solution in the market. Unlike other competitive devices, MxL683 has been extensively field-tested and optimized to ensure robust over-the-air TV reception in the difficult terrestrial reception environments commonly found throughout Brazil and other Latin American countries.

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