MaxLinear ships over 10 million DVB-T2 tuners

Monday, November 3rd, 2014
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Market success of MxL608 driven by industry leading RF system performance, sensitivity and interference immunity, and low cost

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 it has sold more than 10 million DVB-T2 tuners globally.

MaxLinear’s DVB-T2 tuners have been popular in set-top box (STB) designs developed for global analog to digital broadcast transitions because they deliver the industry’s best sensitivity performance and rejection of out-of-band interference including 4G/LTE, WiFi and FM signals. The robust automatic gain control (AGC) system design further ensures reliable field performance.

The MxL608 exceeds by a large margin the latest Nordig Unified Specification 2.5.1 as well as all of the specific performance requirements of DVB-T2 operators and STB OEMs.

MaxLinear has seen strong sales from all markets that use the DVB-T2 standard, including countries in western and eastern Europe, Russia and emerging markets including Southeast Asia (Thailand, Indonesia) and Africa (more than 10 countries).

“The performance of the MxL608 has really driven MaxLinear’s leading DVB-T2 market acceptance because STB OEMs know they can develop a best-in-class product that delivers a crisp and clear viewing experience even in markets where broadcast signal and field conditions are unpredictable,” said Brian Sprague, MaxLinear’s Vice President and General Manager for Broadband and Consumer Products. “The MxL608 also delivers low cost, small size and low power draw that are important design factors for analog-digital transition applications.”

Technical Highlights

The MxL608 is part of MaxLinear’s “Super Radio” tuner product family, which delivers best-in-class RF system performance combined with extremely low power consumption of approximately 400 milliwatts (mW).

The device includes advanced technology for filtering out strong signals from adjacent channels and other types of interference. The superior phase noise performance provides confidence to set-top box manufacturers that current products will meet future tuner specifications as they evolve.

The device features an integrated RF loop-through and a highly accurate input power detector that was specifically designed to exceed the requirements of DVB-T, DVB-T2, ATSC and DTMB terrestrial broadcast standards.