Zinwell picks MaxLinear Full-Spectrum Capture DVB-S/S2 receivers

Sunday, September 15th, 2013 
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Zinwell picks MaxLinear Full-Spectrum Capture™ DVB-S/S2 Receivers for Four-Channel Satellite Gateways

  • Market demand for low power and cost-effective systems drove company to select the highly integrated MxL544

CARLSBAD, Calif. — MaxLinear Inc. (NYSE: MXL), a leading provider of integrated radio frequency (RF) and mixed-signal integrated circuits for broadband communications applications, today announced that Zinwell, a major satellite TV set-top box manufacturer in Taiwan, has selected the MxL544 Full Spectrum Capture™ (FSC™) DVB-S/S2 receiver for a new family of satellite TV home media gateways.

The MxL544-powered satellite media gateways from Zinwell include a four-channel “headed” gateway and a four-channel “headless” media gateway, both of which facilitate viewing satellite TV content on multiple screens throughout the home, including TVs, computers, tablets and smartphones. The two systems are designed for both pay-tv and free-to-air market satellite customers in Asian and European markets.

Home media gateways are high-end set-top box products that enable the integration of video capabilities into an existing home network and the service provider’s infrastructure. They feature built-in storage for PVR, home networking capabilities, transcoding and IP video support. Acting as media servers, a gateway can terminate conditional access, convert satellite TV content into IP packets and stream the packets in the home over wired or wireless networks.

Headed gateways, which have video decode capabilities, sport a video rendering component that allows direct connection to a television using a traditional output method such as HDMI. In contrast, the headless gateways do not have video rendering component and hence they cannot be directly plugged into a television set. Decoding of satellite TV content is performed on the client devices in this case.

Zinwell selected the MxL544 for its industry leading performance, ultra-low power, and ability to reduce system costs significantly. The MxL544 features four FSC tuners, each of which digitizes the entire 950-2150 MHz satellite spectrum and replaces up to four discrete tuners.

It is a true single-chip solution because it integrates low-noise amplifier (LNA), tuners and demodulators, all of which reduces the bill of materials and simplifies the frontend design dramatically. It is also built using MaxLinear’s proprietary digital CMOS process for the lowest power consumption in the industry.

“Our new gateway products move Zinwell into a new market space, and it was important to us to work with a partner who’s technology was proven and would give us an advantage,” said Chester Wu, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Zinwell. “Our design revolved around the great feature set that MxL544 offered and we’re confident that it has put us in the market sweet spot.”

“Zinwell places an emphasis on creative designs, and it was great to see just how they were able to innovate using all of the functionality in the MxL544,” said Brian Sprague, MaxLinear’s Vice President and General Manager for Broadband and Consumer Products. “Zinwell is a great example of the progress MaxLinear is making in the satellite market because of the compelling value and performance offered by our MxL500 family of receivers.”

The announcement was made at the International Broadcasting Convention, in Amsterdam (Sept. 12-17), where MaxLinear will be showing its latest products in customer booths and in a private meeting room. The gateways are expected to be in mass production in first half of 2014.