|[August 14, 2014]
MaxLinear's New Low-Cost USB Dongle Reference Design Brings Broadcast HDTV to Latin American Consumers
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 that its MxL683 ISDB-T tuner-demodulator is at the heart of a
new, low-cost USB dongle reference design that brings digital broadcast
high-definition (HD) TV to consumers throughout Latin America.
The dongle can be used as an add-on for pay TV satellite and IPTV (News - Alert)
operators, or over-the-top (OTT) Internet video service providers,
helping these companies deliver popular broadcast content while keeping
set-top box (STB) costs low.
The new dongle design also enables free-to-air HD broadcast channels to
be delivered to PCs, tablet computers or Netbooks that have a USB port.
In addition, the reference design is cost effective for use as a PCI (News - Alert)
Express (PCIe) module for Netbooks in educational applications, which
have recently been funded by several governments in the region.
The MaxLinear turnkey reference design consists of an ultra-compact
form-factor USB dongle integrating the MxL683 ISDB-T receiver with a
USB2.0 interface. The design package includes schematics, PCB layout
files, a complete bill of materials (BOM), software drivers and test
The MxL683 integrates MaxLinear's latest "super radio" tuner core with a
best-in-class ISDB-T demodulator. The MxL683 provides excellent
rejection of out-of-band interference from 4G/LTE (News - Alert), Wi-Fi, satellite and
MoCA signals. The superior forward error correction (FEC) technology
enables ultimate AWGN C/N performance. MxL683 also delivers robust
system performance under severe field conditions in Latin American
countries where strong multi-path echo and co-channel interference are
The MxL683's performance has been validated by both Anatel, Brazil's
National Telecommunicatin Agency, and by the Mackenzie University
Digital TV Laboratory.
"Free-to-air TV is incredibly popular in Latin America and that
popularity has grown with this summer's FIFA World Cup," said Brian
Sprague, Vice President and General Manager, Broadband and Consumer
Products at MaxLinear. "This dongle design offers an innovative form
factor with the proven performance of the MxL683 that enables pay TV
operators to bring popular free-to-air channels to their subscribers
throughout Latin America while keeping STB costs low."
MxL683 Technical Highlights
The MxL683 is a monolithic tuner-demodulator system-on-chip that
includes an embedded CPU for adaptive performance control, fast channel
acquisition and advanced power management. It also integrates voltage
regulation and RF loop-through output.
The MxL683 is fully compliant with Brazilian SBTVD-T (ABNT NBR 15604)
terrestrial TV receiver specifications. The unmatched sensitivity and
adjacent and co-channel interferer immunity provide assurance that
receivers are reliable and robust in a crowded TV spectrum.
The MxL683's power consumption is approximately 470 milliwatts (mW) in
active mode. The low power consumption and ultra-small 7 mm x 7 mm
48-QFN footprint make the device an ideal solution for low cost, small
form-factor designs as well as multi-tuner applications with personal
video recorder (PVR) capabilities.
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 (News - Alert) 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
statements concerning or implying future financial performance or trends
and growth opportunities affecting MaxLinear, in particular statements
relating to the adoption and use of the dongle reference design, which
incorporates MaxLinear's MxL683, by pay television operators in the
Latin American market. These forward-looking statements involve known
and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause
actual results to differ materially from any future results expressed or
implied by these forward-looking statements. We cannot predict whether
or to what extent the introduction and release of the dongle reference
design, which incorporates MaxLinear's MxL683, 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 to cancel or reduce orders;
uncertainties concerning how end user markets for our products will
develop; our lack of long-term supply contracts and dependence on
limited sources of supply; potential decreases in average selling prices
for our products; currently pending intellectual property litigation;
and the potential for additional 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, including risks and uncertainties identified in our
Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2014. 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, or otherwise.
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