MaxLinear and Geniatech target live TV on mobile devices

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018
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Geniatech selects the MxL692 single-channel ATSC receiver for new micro USB ATSC digital TV dongle (PT682) that delivers live digital TV on Android mobile devices

CARLSBAD, Calif. — MaxLinear, Inc. (NYSE:MXL), a leading provider of radio frequency (RF), analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits for the connected home, wired and wireless infrastructure, and industrial and multimarket applications, today announced that Geniatech has selected its MxL692 ATSC receiver (tuner and demodulator) to bring live digital television to Android mobile devices.

The MxL692 is the industry’s first single-channel integrated ATSC receiver IC. Geniatech uses the device in its new Pad TV Tuner (PT682) for Android mobile devices. The PT682 can receive high-quality over-the-air (OTA) ATSC and QAM digital TV signals. This feature enables users to enjoy free-to-view TV channels using the built-in telescoping antenna without using an internet connection.

Geniatech has also developed the free PadTV HD Android app for watching TV, switching channels, creating favorite channel lists and changing screen size. The app also provides an electronic program guide (EPG) and provides the ability to record TV programs.

“This new system embodies the fast-growing trends of cord cutting and mobile video everywhere and it gives consumers with just a mobile device the ability to add local TV to OTT services,” said Will Torgerson, Vice President and General Manager of the Broadband Group at MaxLinear. “The MxL69x family, with its superior signal reception and high-level of integration in a compact package, is an ideal choice for Pad TV Tuner’s compact and attractive design.”

“Consumers are rediscovering OTA television and to get that on their mobile phone is a great value proposition. We will first target consumers in Mexico who don’t have a television when they are on the go, which opens up a new world of news, sports and entertainment for these consumers,” said Mr. Fang, CEO of Geniatech. “We have utilized the MxL692 from MaxLinear in the PT682 due to its compact size, high performance and low power draw – these three features are crucial to our new PAD TV tuner and app, which will be running on mobile devices. As a leader in this niche market, Geniatech surveyed all the chipsets in the market and found Mxl69x to be the most suitable chipset for our ATSC Pad TV tuner.

Technical Highlights

The MxL692 is a single-chip, single-channel ATSC receiver that leverages MaxLinear’s “super radio” tuner technology and digital CMOS process technology for a low-power device that delivers superior over-the-air reception performance.

The MxL692 targets digital TV, single/multi-channel set-top boxes, USB/Wi-Fi adapters, and Wi-Fi/wired/RF smart antenna system applications. The IC supports both ATSC and global digital cable standards ITU-T J.83 Annexes (A, B, and C).

With its high-level of integration, the chip includes a broadband input filter, a channel filter, AGC, LO, PLL, and demodulators, simplifying board-level design. The device comes in a 5 x 5mm QFN package, enabling very compact system designs, reduced BOM costs and lower power consumption.

On Display at NAB 2018

The Pad TV Tuner will be on display at NAB 2018, April 7-12, in the Geniatech booth South Hall (Upper), SU10217 meeting suite.