|[January 20, 2014]
MaxLinear and PBI Develop Next-Generation Digital ODU for New Class of Multichannel Satellite TV Operator Services
CARLSBAD, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
MaxLinear Inc. (NYSE: MXL), a
leading provider of integrated radio frequency (RF) and mixed-signal
integrated circuits for broadband communications applications, today
announced satellite antenna and low-noise block downconverter (LNB)
developer Pro Brand International Inc. (PBI) has selected the MxL865
Full-Spectrum (News - Alert) Capture™ (FSC™) system on chip (SoC) for a new direct
broadcast satellite digital outdoor unit (D-ODU).
PBI's new D-ODU, targeting multi-satellite, channel-stacking LNB
applications, complements its full line of satellite antennas and LNBs.
The MxL865 is a digital channel-stacking SoC that supports up to 24
channels over a single cable for simplified connections between the
indoor set-top boxes/gateways and rooftop LNBs and multi-dwelling unit
switches. The device has five FSC inputs for a total capture bandwidth
of 10 GHz and features a single L-band IF output.
PBI selected the MxL865 due to its high level of integration and low
power consumption, which makes the deployment of high-density
channel-stacking D-ODUs commercially viable for the first time. The 10mm
x 10mm device integrates a host CPU microcontroller, FSK and DiSEqC
modems, and power management controllers. All major analog functions are
also integrated into the device, including broadband input and output
filters, RF gain blocks, channel filters, PLLs and automatic gain
control (AGC) circuitry.
The device was designed to exceed stringent RF performance and MOCA
co-existence requirements from leading direct broadcast satellite
operators. The superior RF performance of the device, well in excess of
the nominal system requirements, helps customers to significantly reduce
design complexity, thereby enabling robust D-ODU solutions to be
deployed in the market more rapidly.
"Digital ODUs enable a new range of satellite services. MaxLinear's
MxL86x SoC family has significantly higher levels of integration and
lower power draw, which vastly simplifies ODU installation compared to
legacy analog ODUs in the market. The MxL86x SoC family is ideally
suited to help satellite operators with the transition from analog to
digital ODUs," said Brian Sprague, MaxLinear Vice President and General
Manager. "We're pleased to enable PBI to be a leader in the transition
to digital ODUs in the satellite market."
"Developing this D-ODU is vital to PBI because our operator customers
want to deliver an increasing number of channels to the home, which
cannot be supported in a cost-effective manner with analog roof top
equipment," said Jim Crownover, Pro Brand Chief Executive Officer. "The
MxL865 dramatically simplified the design of the D-ODU and helped us get
to market quickly with a performance leading solution, which was one of
our key criteria for vendor selection."
The MxL865 is part of a family of 24-digital-channel stacking SoCs
designed to replace existing analog channel-stacking ICs that can only
support up to three channels per device. The MxL865 has five FSC RF
inputs and features a single L-band IF output. The MxL865 supports a
total RF capture bandwidth of 10 GHz.
Other parts in the family include the MxL868, which has eight FSC half
L-band inputs for either LNB or MDU applications and the MxL862, which
has two FSC wideband inputs and features a single L-band IF output. The
MxL862 supports a total RF capture bandwidth of 4.1GHz.
All of the MxL86x devices support both FSK and DiSEqC/EN50607 operation
on the IF port. They come with a software environment that includes a
real-time operating system running on an embedded 32-bit CPU with a
complete set of APIs to control the band translation and channel
stacking engine and the chip interfaces.
Due to the devices' high levels of system integration, the bill of
material (BOM) in end applications is reduced to a minimal number of
low-cost, passive components, which enables ultra-compact, low-cost
system solutions when compared to existing analog solutions.
About Pro Brand International Inc.
Pro Brand International is a leading designer and developer of advanced
antenna and RF systems for the satellite and telecommunications
(wireless) sectors. Pro Brand serves the leading North American DBS
operators, and has extensive expertise in related verticals such as very
small aperture terminals (VSATs). Through its in-house engineering
design team combined with advanced R&D labs, state-of-the-art feed range
and an indoor compact antenna range, Pro Brand offers shortened time to
market and a complete end-to-end solution.
About MaxLinear, Inc.
MaxLinear, Inc. is a leading provider of radio-frequency and
mixed-signal semiconductor solutions for broadband communications
applications. MaxLinear is headquartered in Carlsbad, California. For
more information, please visit www.maxlinear.com.
MxL, Full-Spectrum Capture, FSC and the MaxLinear logo are trademarks of
MaxLinear, Inc. Other trademarks appearing herein are the property of
their respective owners.
Cautionary Note About Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains "forward-looking" statements within the
meaning of federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements include,
among others, statements concerning or implying future financial
performance or trends and growth opportunities affecting MaxLinear, in
particular statements relating to Pro Brand International's selection of
MaxLinear's MxL865 SoC for the satellite market. These forward-looking
statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other
factors that may cause actual results to be materially different from
any future results expressed or implied by these forward-looking
statements. We cannot predict whether or to what extent the design win
with Pro Brand International will result in future revenues.
Forward-looking statements are based on management's current,
preliminary expectations and are subject to various risks and
uncertainties, including (among others) intense competition in our
industry; the ability of our customers, including Pro Brand
International, to cancel or reduce orders; uncertainties concerning how
end user markets for our products will develop, including the market for
our satellite television products; our lack of long-term supply
contracts and dependence on limited sources of supply; potential
decreases in average selling prices for our products; and the potential
for intellectual property litigation, which is prevalent in our
industry. In addition to these risks and uncertainties, investors should
review the risks and uncertainties contained in MaxLinear's filings with
the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC (News - Alert)), including
risks and uncertainties identified in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q
for the quarter ended September 30, 2013. All forward-looking statements
are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. MaxLinear
is providing this information as of the date of this release and does
not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements
contained in this release as a result of new information, future events,
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