New MxL608 Lowers Cost of DVB-T, DTMB TV and STB Designs


New MxL608 Lowers Cost of DVB-T, DTMB TV and STB Designs

  • New low-cost "super radio" features best-in-class sensitivity performance, power consumption and interference rejection

CARLSBAD, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- MaxLinear Inc. (NYS: MXL) , a leading provider of integrated radio frequency (RF) and mixed-signal integrated circuits for broadband communications applications, today announced the MxL608, a high-performance digital television tuner that is optimized for cost-sensitive DVB-T and DTMB applications.

The MxL608 is part of MaxLinear's MxL600 "super radio" family of 4 mm x 4 mm, 65nm pure digital CMOS tuners with superior tuning sensitivity, and is ideal for digital converter set-top boxes (STB), digital-television sets and free-to-air STBs.

The device is pin- and software-compatible with MaxLinear's successfully launched MxL603 tuner, which is in high-volume production. Designs based on the MxL608 do not require any balun, thereby significantly reducing board space and lowering overall bill of material (BOM) cost. The MxL608 also offers best-in-class rejection of out-of-band interference from 4G/LTE, WiFi, MoCA and EoC signals, without the cost, space and design complexity of external filters.

"The digital terrestrial television market is seeing a significant evolution with the continuing analog switch-offs happening across the world and the debut of new HD free-to-air services - all of which require very competitively priced STBs that can deliver top performance," said Brian Sprague, MaxLinear's Vice President and General Manager for Broadband and Consumer Products. "With the MxL608, MaxLinear started with the best of our technology and adapted it into a tuner that delivers superior performance and low power consumption at a price point that is very competitive in the ultra-low cost market segments."

Technical Highlights

The MxL608 features an integrated RF loop-through, an accurate input power detector and was specifically designed to exceed the requirements of DVB-T and DTMB terrestrial broadcast standards.

The MxL608 delivers best-in-class typical noise figure of 4.2 decibels (dB). The device also includes MaxLinear's blocker immunity technology for advanced filtering of strong signals from adjacent channels. The superior phase noise performance provides assurance to set-top box manufacturers that current products will meet future tuner specifications as they evolve.

Additionally, the MxL608 provides extremely low power consumption of approximately 400 milliwatts (mW). The low power consumption and high level of integration enable low-cost, two-layer tuner-on-board implementations as well as ultra-small tuner modules without the need for expensive heat sinks or four-layer PCBs.


MxL608 samples are now available along with a complete, turnkey reference design kit that includes a datasheet, design guide, reference PCB (schematics, layout, BOM), DVB-T performance report, evaluation software and driver API source code.

About MaxLinear, Inc.

MaxLinear, Inc. is a leading provider of radio-frequency and mixed-signal semiconductor solutions for broadband communications applications. MaxLinear is located in Carlsbad, California, and its address on the Internet is

MxL 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, among others, statements concerning or implying future financial performance or trends and growth opportunities affecting MaxLinear, in particular statements relating to MaxLinear's MxL608 high-performance television tuner and its deployment of this semiconductor into DTMB and DVB-T markets. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause actual results to be materially different from any future results expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. MaxLinear cannot predict the impact, if any, of the potential adoption of the MxL608 on MaxLinear's revenues. MaxLinear's business, revenues, and operating results are and will be subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, including (among others) uncertainties concerning how end user markets for its products will develop; its dependence on a limited number of customers for a substantial portion of revenues; its ability to continue to develop and introduce new and enhanced products on a timely basis; potential decreases in average selling prices for its products; and on-going intellectual property litigation related to hybrid television tuner products. 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 (SEC), including risks and uncertainties identified in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 and our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2012. 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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