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MaxLinear And STMicroelectronics Offer Low Power, Low Cost DVB-T2 STB Design Aimed At Analog TV Switch Off In Asian And European Countries

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MaxLinear Inc. (NYSE: MXL), a leading provider of integrated radio frequency (RF) and mixed-signal integrated circuits for broadband communications applications, today announced its cooperation with STMicroelectronics (ST) on a DVB-T2 set-top box (STB) design for the emerging free-to-air and hybrid terrestrial STB markets in Europe and Southeast Asia.

The STB design features the MaxLinear MxL603 high-performance tuner and ST’s STiH253 system-on-chip (SoC) device with integrated DVB-T2 demodulator. This is the second recently announced STB design from the two companies, who just announced a digital STB based on the MxL683 and STiH207 for Latin American markets.

DVB-T2 is emerging as a popular technology in Southeast Asian and Eastern European countries that are switching off analog television services to free up radio spectrum for 4G/LTE wireless data services. DVB-T2 is also being integrated in many pay TV hybrid STBs in those regions to capture the increasing number of free-to-air HD channels.

The ST-MaxLinear STB design will provide a powerful, low power and cost-optimized solution for these markets. With the MxL603’s industry leading RF performance, the design provides superior rejection of out-of-band interference from 700-900MHz 4G/LTE signals which, when deployed, will operate in a frequency band adjacent to digital TV channels.

Both parts are highly integrated, low power and cost-effective, which makes this set-top box design meet the needs of the governments that, in many cases, will provide the STB to consumers at low or no cost.

“Many countries that have already switched to all-digital TV have learned that interference from 4G phones is a big problem that will only get bigger as these mobile data services gain in popularity,” said Brian Sprague, Vice President and General Manager, Broadband and Consumer Products at MaxLinear. “The MxL603 has the industry’s best interference filters integrated into the IC so that expensive external filters are not required. The signal reception performance is also the best on the market, and when combined with the STiH253 makes for a compelling solution.”

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