|[April 03, 2014]
MaxLinear Digital Channel Stacking Satellite SoC Deployed in GT-SAT's New "DLNB"
CARLSBAD, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
MaxLinear Inc. (NYSE:MXL), a
leading provider of integrated radio frequency (RF) and mixed-signal
integrated circuits for broadband communications applications, today
announced that GT-SAT International of Luxembourg has deployed
MaxLinear's Full-Spectrum (News - Alert) Capture™ (FSC™) MxL862 in a new digital
satellite low-noise block (DLNB) downconverter.
Satellite operators in Europe and Latin America are moving to DLNBs so
that they can provide multi-channel distribution to the home via a
single-cable connection from the LNB to the set-top box. GT-SAT chose
the MxL862 channel stacking system on chip (SoC) because it offers
significantly lower power draw and an unprecedented level of
integration, which simplified GT-SAT's DLNB design.
The DLNB is based on GT-SAT's own dHello advanced channel stacking
switch protocol. dHello uses DiSEqC protocol commands and is backward
compatible to any device supporting a minimum of DiSEqC 1.x. It is
comprised of four commands that provide the control mechanisms for all
channel-stacking functions. The protocol supports both satellite and
terrestrial frequency ranges and supports C-, Ku- and Ka-band satellites
and both linear as well as circular polarization. The converted
frequency is sent in a format that supports a wide range of LNBs,
including wide-band and universal architectures, as well as
The MxL862 is designed to exceed strict RF performance from leading
direct broadcast satellite operators. Having this additional performance
helped GT-SAT significantly reduce the design complexity and enter the
MaxLinear's MxL862 configurability was also important in the DLNB design
process. The channel stacking engine is fully configurable through an
application programming interface (API). It can be configured to support
legacy static line up of 30 channels or more, while enabling seamless
migration to dynamic channel stacking as operators deploy more advanced
"DLNBs are essential to a satellite operator's multi-channel strategy.
With its Full-Spectrum Capture technology and integrated functionality,
the MxL862 will give GT-SAT a great time-to-market advantage," said
Brian Sprague, MaxLinear Vice President and General Manager. "GT-SAT i
breaking new ground with its digital channel stacking LNB product and it
has been exciting to work with them to bring this product to market."
"These LNB developments are consistent with our vision of being the best
RF provider for leading satellite operators in Europe and Latin
America," said Guil Mediouni, CEO of GT-SAT Int. "Working with MaxLinear
has meant we've been able to develop LNBs with the performance, power
and features that operators in these markets require."
The MxL862 has two FSC wideband RF inputs with a single L-band IF
output. The MxL862 supports a total RF capture bandwidth of 4.1 GHz.
The MxL862 supports FSK, DiSEqC / EN50607 and GT-SAT's dHello operation
on the IF ports. The device comes with a software environment that
includes a real-time operating system running on an embedded 32-bit CPU
with a complete set of APIs to control the channel stacking engine and
the chip interfaces.
The ultra small part is packaged in a 10mm x 10mm QFN. The highly
integrated device also features all major supporting analog functions,
such as broadband input and output filters, RF gain blocks, PLLs and
automatic gain control (AGC) functionality. Due to the high levels of
system integration, the bill of material (BOM) in end applications is
reduced to a minimal number of low-cost, passive components, which
enables ultra-compact, low-cost system solutions when compared to
existing analog implementations.
It is part of the MxL86x product family, which includes the MxL868 and
GT-SAT Intl. is a leading design house and manufacturer of satellite
LNBs and accessories, providing solutions that are optimized for
worldwide TV operators. GT-SAT is based in Luxembourg. For more
information, please visit http://www.gt-sat.com.
About MaxLinear, Inc.
MaxLinear, Inc. is a leading provider of radio-frequency and
mixed-signal semiconductor solutions for broadband communications
applications. MaxLinear is headquartered in Carlsbad, California. For
more information, please visit www.maxlinear.com.
MxL, Full-Spectrum Capture, FSC and the MaxLinear logo are trademarks of
MaxLinear, Inc. Other trademarks appearing herein are the property of
their respective owners.
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