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MaxLinear Ku-Band Satellite Technology Selected by MTI for Sky Q Wideband LNBs

September 20, 2017
  • MxL80x Ku-Band downconverter IC enables low-cost, wideband LNBs to deliver full satellite spectrum to Sky Q video servers

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 a chip in its MxL80x RF downconverter family has been selected by Microelectronics Technology Inc. (MTI) for a new wideband low-noise block (LNB) that will ship to customers of Sky UK Limited to enable its innovative Sky Q services.

MaxLinear was the first company to develop an integrated circuit that downconverts the incoming satellite RF signal from 10.7GHz-12.75GHz into two wideband IF outputs, each supporting the 290MHz to 2350MHz extended L-Band (XLB) frequency range. MxL80x devices enable up to 4GHz of satellite spectrum to be captured and placed onto two coaxial cables connected to a Sky Q video server in the home.

“MTI selected MaxLinear’s MxL80x product family due to its excellent RF performance and ease of use,” said Eugene Wu, Vice President at MTI.  “With MaxLinear’s silicon-based downconverter technology, we can accelerate our time-to-market for next-generation LNB designs that are both innovative and cost-effective.”

“MaxLinear’s MxL80x product family has been quickly adopted by all of the leading LNB manufacturers,” said Will Torgerson, Vice President & General Manager of the Broadband Group. “We’re pleased that our innovative satellite technology is helping broadcast satellite operators worldwide to deliver on the promise of whole home, multi-channel HD and 4K/UHD video services.”

With the MxL80x, OEMs can significantly simplify the design and lower the cost of new LNBs, while enabling advanced multi-tuner, multi-screen features for service providers.

The MxL80x devices are highly integrated with on-chip image rejection filters, crystal oscillator, phased lock loop (PLL), mixers and IF amplifiers.  The MxL80x ICs deliver lower bill-of-material (BOM) cost and reduced power consumption compared to alternative discrete solutions.  This enables manufacturers to produce very small form-factor, cost-effective products that meet stringent RF performance requirements from leading broadcast satellite operators.

About MaxLinear, Inc.

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. MaxLinear is headquartered in Carlsbad, California. For more information, please visit

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