MaxLinear Inc. (NYSE: MXL), a leading provider of integrated radio frequency (RF) and mixed-signal integrated circuits for broadband communications applications, announced today that Hisense Group, one of China’s top TV, white goods and electronics manufacturers, has started mass production shipments of its latest-generation of LED/LCD televisions that feature the MxL661, MaxLinear’s 6 th generation CMOS TV tuner IC.
Hisense is an early adopter of MaxLinear’s previous generations of high-performance global hybrid silicon tuners and selected the pin-compatible MxL661 because it provides further cost, performance and feature-set improvements while enabling seamless integration into new TV platforms using existing designs.
Importantly, the MxL661 is the only CMOS hybrid TV tuner solution that implements on-chip programmable RF-to-IF delay necessary for signal reception in legacy Chinese analog cable TV systems with TV content-access protection. This feature, in particular, enables Hisense to configure its television sets for non-standard cable TV signal conditions prevalent in China.
The MxL661’s programmability coupled with industry leading sensitivity and linearity performance enables TV manufacturers to provide reliable reception and stable picture quality under severely impaired broadcast conditions.“Hisense is well recognized as a market leader in the global TV market with a rich product portfolio that covers a wide range of broadcast standards,” said Brian Sprague, Vice President and General Manager for Broadband and Consumer Products. “It is a great compliment that Hisense again selected a MaxLinear product, the MxL661, as the trusted tuner solution for its next generation televisions. The MxL661 will provide Hisense a competitive advantage on both performance and cost.” Technical Highlights The MxL661 hybrid TV tuner is based on MaxLinear’s “Super Radio” technology that offers exceptional reception performance, silicon integration, and power consumption. The MxL661 not only enables balun-less implementations for cost-sensitive designs, but also features software programmable radio frequency (RF) to intermediate frequency (IF) signal delay function, which is required in some Chinese cable TV systems.