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MaxLinear CMOS Technology for High Performance Networking and Broadband
SI Team
Friday, April 1, 2016
Semiconductors lie at the heart of the fast-growing technological space owing to its presence in a variety of spheres ranging from radio frequency products to satellite television. Today's technology-driven world is handicapped without the crutches of semiconductors that support various broadband and networking applications through RF receivers, system-on-chips and networking drivers. Taking advantage of which, the semiconductor market is blooming with companies offering products based on optoelectronics, photo voltaics, silicon bipolar, and CMOS technology. One among the league is MaxLinear-a system-on-chip product company designing highly integrated radio frequency and mixed signal communications ICs for broadband and infrastructure applications. The company's products focus on CMOS technology that capture and process digital and analog broadband signals for terrestrial, cable and satellite television. It offers advanced technology that reduces complexities in optical transmission modules. "We provide rapidly evolving CMOS technology platforms at low costs meeting the quality levels demanded by our customers," extols Kishore Seendripu, President and CEO, MaxLinear.

With a broad range of products, MaxLinear serves the needs of broadband as well as networking infrastructure. The California based firm delivers a complete line of video, DOCSIS and MoCA semiconductors to boost high-speed data and multi-channel video services for the broadband industry. "Our DOCSIS 3.1 data gateways have empowered a number of cable operators and helped them accelerate their business in the broadband sector," asserts Seendripu. These cable products include remote network monitoring to analyze network health in real-time and significantly reduce operational costs. Adding to this, the company focuses on delivering solutions for low-noise block (LNB) converters in satellite dish. With satellite receiver and MoCA for outdoor units (ODUs), MaxLinear has led the channel stacking technology. The ODU product family offers high level of integration, low power consumption, and unmatched performance meeting operator specifications.

The company offers high-speed interconnect products to maximize bandwidth, minimize latency and lower TCO. It offers laser drivers that network providers require to move high-speed data through their networks. These drivers support a wide range of modulation and transmission standards. MaxLinear also provides high-sensitivity trans impedance amplifiers (TIA) delivering receiver performance needed by datacenters and telecommunication networks. The TIAs meet the power consumption requirements of the transceiver components offering manufacturers a complete TIA solution for high-speed networks.

The company's focus on creating solutions to solve communication technology problems adds a silver lining to its stature in the market. Its low power broadband CMOS single-chip tuner has revolutionized the technology used in televisions and set-top boxes today. Additionally, the company specializes in Full Spectrum Capture technology that digitizes, filters, processes and outputs a high-resolution digital version of the satellite signal spectrum enabling cable operators to provide multi channel video gateways and high-speed data services to their customers. As cable operators migrate to advanced IP-based platforms, Full-Spectrum Capture technology will facilitate more efficient IP distribution as well as result in significant power and cost savings in gateway designs.

MaxLinear aims to expand its product portfolio with enhanced multi-gigabit transceivers for broadband data, high-speed interconnect chips for datacenters and telecommunications, and complex TIAs for satellite channel stacking switches. Further, it will focus on creating low power technology with advanced chip designs. The company will continue to deliver advanced broadband and networking infrastructure semiconductors based on its radio frequency analog technology, optical networking technology, and ODU single-wire technology.
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