Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Technicolor selects MaxLinear chip for hybrid satellite/ISDB-T STB

USA: MaxLinear Inc. announced that Technicolor has selected its MxL683 for a new hybrid satellite / terrestrial (ISDB-T) high-definition (HD) set-top box (STB) for the Latin America market.

The new STB, for direct-to-home (DTH) satellite operators in Latin America, integrates multiple reception and connectivity technologies and simplifies installation with just a single cable from the dish to the STB. The advanced STB enables pay TV operators to offer new HD services, such as multi-room viewing, while reducing capital expenditure (CapEx) costs.

MaxLinear’s MxL683 single-chip ISDB-T receiver is a key component in the STB and enables the reception of high quality, HD local channels that are broadcast over the air for free. Many of these channels, such as Globo, reach 99 percent of the Brazilian population and are considered a “must have” service for any pay TV operator in Brazil.

“The MxL683 provides outstanding ISDB-T receiver performance in the market using a highly integrated, low-power device,” said Pascal Portelli, senior VP, Solution Strategy and Portfolio Management, Connected Home, Technicolor. “Equally important, however, is the fact that the MxL683 has excellent immunity to other RF interference signals such as satellite, WiFi and multimedia-over-cable (MoCA). This enabled us to quickly develop a very cost-effective hybrid HD STB to meet the timing needs of our customers’ markets.”

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