MaxLinear Inc. (NYSE: MXL), a leading provider of integrated radio frequency (RF) and mixed-signal integrated circuits for broadband communications applications, and STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, will demonstrate a next-generation multi-channel ultra high definition (UHD) gateway platform in ST’s booth at Broadcast Asia in Singapore, June 17-20.
The 4K UHD satellite gateway platform, a collaboration between MaxLinear and ST, is targeted at the growing number of satellite pay-TV operators looking to deliver broadcast 4K services along with other value-added features such as multi-channel recording, multi-room viewing and content streaming to multiple devices throughout the home.
“The demonstration at Broadcast Asia of this Ultra HD HEVC satellite gateway highlights the beauty and efficiency of the reference design ST and MaxLinear announced a few months ago,” said Hervé Mathieu, Box and Gateways Business Line Director, Unified Platform Division, STMicroelectronics. “Attendees can’t help but recognize that UHD is providing the next-level user experience and extraordinary opportunity for satellite broadcasters—and the suitability of the ST/MaxLinear solution.”
The platform features the MaxLinear MxL582 Full-Spectrum Capture TM (FSC) satellite receiver, which captures the entire satellite RF band and provides up to eight DVB-S/S2 transport stream outputs. The MxL582 is part of the MxL5x2 family of SoC’s that feature complete, single chip multi-channel receiver solutions with no external LNA, ultra-low power consumption and industry-leading performance. The MxL5x2 SoC’s support single cable (Unicable) distribution and Extended L-Band (XL-Band) input frequencies from 250 MHz to 2350 MHz.The STiH412 from ST handles the back-end decoding and video processing in the design. This system-on-chip provides high-efficiency video-decoding (HEVC/ H.265) multi-channel decode, UHD display, multi-channel recording to an internal or external hard drive, video-on-demand (VOD) and real-time transcoding of up to three streams and state-of-the-art HD graphics. “The combined system solution with MaxLinear front-end and ST back-end provides a very compelling value proposition in terms of power, performance and price,” said Brian Sprague, MaxLinear’s Vice President and General Manager. “This platform provides our customers with a cutting-edge solution to address the growing demand for 4K home media gateways and multi-channel streaming throughout the home.”