MaxLinear, Intel chip in to cable's 10G goals

MaxLinear (NYSE:MXL) is working with Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) and cable operators including Charter Communications (NASDAQ:CHTR) ...

MaxLinear (NYSE:MXL) is working with Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) and cable operators including Charter Communications (NASDAQ:CHTR), Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) and Cox on a new family of 10 gigabit ready gateway platforms for the home.

The new platforms are intended to support 10 Gigabit Full Duplex DOCSIS 3.1 (FDX) to deliver symmetrical multi-gigabit speeds. MaxLinear is currently developing a new front-end SoC for the platforms based on its patented Full-Spectrum Capture (FSC) technology that includes diagnostic and spectrum management capabilities. The front-end will include high speed connectivity to Intel's gateway SoC. Intel's SoC will offer computing and networking and is architected for a range of WAN, LAN and WLAN use cases.

The modular nature of the solution is intended to provide a simple, non-disruptive, path to potential future DOCSIS standards.

10 Gigabit FDX platforms are designed for symmetrical multi-gigabit upstream and downstream performance by re-using available RF spectrum for both upstream and downstream signals while maintaining support for legacy DOCSIS modems and set-top boxes.

Market timing and performance targets of the FDX chipset are aligned with major cable MSOs and cable modem hardware vendors. Design concepts are currently in trials with existing discrete components provided by MaxLinear and Intel and are undergoing pre-testing with industry partners.

"10 gigabit and symmetrical performance are the next wave of services needed in broadband, and FDX is a significant step forward for home connectivity," said Will Torgerson, vice president and general manager of the MaxLinear Broadband Group.

"The growing number of devices, large amounts of data and immersive experiences in the home are going to require 10 gigabit connectivity that delivers faster speeds and more capacity," said WK Tan, vice president and general manager of Intel's Connected Home Division. "That is why Intel, the cable industry and companies such as MaxLinear are working together to deliver cutting-edge 10 gigabit technologies to power tomorrow's ultra-connected homes."

Samples of the MaxLinear chips and reference designs are expected in the second half of 2019. Mass production is targeted for 2020.

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