MaxLinear DVB-T Receiver Selected by Fetch TV for New Hybrid Set-Top Boxes

  • MxL101SF Enables Free-to-Air and Multi-Channel Recording Functionality

MaxLinear Inc. (NYSE: MXL), a leading provider of radio frequency (RF) and mixed-signal integrated circuits for cable and satellite broadband communications, the connected home, data center, metro, long-haul fiber networks, and wireless infrastructure, today announced its MxL101SF DVB-T tuner has been selected by Fetch TV for its recently launched high-definition and ultra-high-definition set-top boxes (STBs).

The MaxLinear MxL101SF was selected for the Fetch TV “Mini” and “Mighty” hybrid receivers, two recently launched set-top boxes (STBs) that deliver free-to-air, over-the-top (OTT) and subscription content to consumers throughout Australia.

The Fetch TV Mighty is a Wi-Fi connected STB with 1 terabyte of storage that can simultaneously record up to six channels of digital television from three different networks. The Mighty also supports the HEVC video codec for efficient streaming of 4K HDTV services. The Fetch TV Mini is a single-tuner, high-definition STB with the same wireless capability to receive terrestrial television and subscription content, but without storage.

The MaxLinear MxL101SF is a high-performance tuner and demodulator IC for DVB-T applications and hybrid multi-mode applications combining DVB-T and other analog/digital terrestrial TV and cable TV standards including ATSC, ISDBT13, DTMB, NTSC, PAL, SECAM, DVB-C and DOCSIS.

“Fetch TV’s new STBs are very innovative systems that make the most of the features and functions built into our MxL101SF tuner/demodulators,” said Will Torgerson, Vice President & General Manager of MaxLinear’s Broadband Group. “The small size and low power of the MxL101SF makes it possible to deliver multi-channel capability and HD TV features in such a small form factor.”

About the MxL101SF

The MxL101SF tuner provides complete frequency coverage from 44 MHz to 1GHz and consumes ~450 mW of power, making it an ideal choice for a wide array of applications including television sets, IPTV and terrestrial STBs like the Fetch TV devices.

In addition to integrating all functionality required to receive and demodulate DVB-T signals, the MxL101SF also provides access to the IF output signal of the tuner, enabling hybrid implementations by connecting a discrete analog or digital demodulator to the tuner IF output interface.  This configuration leverages the built-in tuner to enable DVB-T/DVB-C or DVB-T/analog applications at a very low cost and in a very small footprint. The IF output frequency of MxL101SF devices is software configurable, which provides a seamless interface to all commonly available demodulators on the market today.

The MxL101SF utilizes MaxLinear’s unique API-based software architecture so that programming the devices requires just a few simple commands. A fully integrated loop-through function is also integrated on MxL101SF.

The MxL101SF is available in a 7mm x 7mm QFN 48 package and this highly integrated device reduces the external BOM to minimal standard value components.

About Fetch TV

Fetch TV partners with leading internet service providers Optus, the iiNet Group (iiNet, Internode, Westnet, TransACT and Adam Internet) and M2 (Dodo and iPrimus) along with leading retailers JB Hi Fi, Harvey Norman, Domayne and Joyce Mayne to provide subscribers with an entertainment service delivered to the TV over a broadband connection to a set top box.  In addition to a 1 terabyte personal video recorder for recording TV, the content lineup includes an in-home movie store with over 5,000 titles including the latest new releases, a TV store with leading TV shows to purchase, leading SVOD services Netflix, Stan and Presto, Catch-Up TV services ABC iview, SBS on Demand, Plus 7 and TENPlay, apps including YouTube, as well as the option to add subscription entertainment channels from major content providers. Visit for more information.

About MaxLinear, Inc.

MaxLinear, Inc. (NYSE: MXL), a leading provider of radio frequency (RF) and mixed-signal integrated circuits for cable and satellite broadband communications, the connected home, data center, metro, long-haul fiber networks, and wireless infrastructure markets. MaxLinear is headquartered in Carlsbad, California. For more information, please visit

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Cautionary Note About Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include, among others, statements concerning or implying future financial performance or trends and growth opportunities affecting MaxLinear, including statements related to the performance of MaxLinear’s MxL101SF DVB-T tuner. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from any future results expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on management’s current, preliminary expectations and are subject to various risks and uncertainties, including (among others) risks relating to integration of our recently announced acquisitions of assets from Microsemi Corporation and from Broadcom; intense competition in our industry; the ability of our customers to cancel or reduce orders; uncertainties concerning how end user markets for our products will develop; our lack of long-term supply contracts and dependence on limited sources of supply; potential decreases in average selling prices for our products; currently pending intellectual property litigation; and the potential for additional intellectual property litigation, which is prevalent in our industry. 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, including our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015 as amended by Amendment No. 1 filed with the SEC on April 28, 2016; our subsequent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2016 and June 30, 2016; and our Current Reports on Form 8-K. 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.

MaxLinear, Inc. Press Contact:
Debbie Brandenburg
Tel: +1 669-265-6083
MaxLinear, Inc. Corporate Contact:
Will Torgerson
Tel: +1 760-692-0711