MaxLinear channel stacking IC powers SELFSAT flat satellite antenna

Monday, June 6th, 2016 
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MaxLinear Digital Channel Stacking Technology Powers dCSS SELFSAT Flat Satellite Antenna

  • MxL862 delivers simplified, single cable installation in revolutionary flat satellite antenna

CARLSBAD, Calif. — MaxLinear Inc. (NYSE: MXL), a leading provider of radio frequency (RF) and mixed-signal integrated circuits for cable and satellite broadband communications, the connected home, data center, metro, long-haul fiber networks, and wireless infrastructure, today announced that its MxL862 Full-Spectrum Capture™ (FSC™) digital channel stacking switch (dCSS) system-on-chip (SoC) has been selected for the SELFSAT–H21DCSS, the industry’s first dCSS flat satellite antenna.

The SELFSAT–H21DCSS is a low-profile flat antenna measuring only 517mm x 277mm and represents a breakthrough in satellite antenna technology. It performs the same function as a parabolic satellite antenna but is unobtrusive and can be easily self-installed in homes and apartments. Manufactured by I DO IT Co. Ltd., Seoul, Korea, the SELFSAT–H21DCSS uses the MxL862 to digitize the entire satellite spectrum and deliver up to 32 user bands over a single cable for dramatically simplified installation and enhanced user experience.

The MxL862 is part of the MxL86x family of dCSS SoCs and features two FSC wideband RF inputs with a single L-band IF output. The device is a single-chip dCSS solution, integrating FSC analog-to-digital converters, a digital channel-stacking engine and a digital-to-analog converter for single-cable satellite signal distribution including filters, communication modems and a microcontroller. The single chip MxL862 dramatically reduces system costs and significantly reduces thermal design challenges.

The new SELFSAT–H21DCSS is part of a family of flat satellite antennas that also includes a SAT>IP version based on the MxL584 FSC receiver, for distribution of up to eight satellite TV channels to any connected device in the home.

“The MxL862 is a market proven solution for digital channel stacking applications and provides the lowest power, highest integration and best performance for the SELFSAT dCSS flat antenna, a product that delivers multi-channel satellite TV directly to consumers,” said Will Torgerson, MaxLinear Vice President & General Manager of Broadband Group. “From SAT>IP receivers to dCSS SoCs, MaxLinear is continuing to deliver innovative, best-in-class solutions to the market.”

“The appearance and installation of parabolic satellite antennas is still a significant drawback to the growth of the satellite TV market, which is what drove us to develop the SELFSAT antenna,” said Seung Joon Im, CEO of I DO IT. “The single cable solution enabled by MaxLinear’s MxL862 adds installation convenience to our ground breaking product family while providing multi-channel support without compromises.”