XGS-PON gateway running prplOS is powered by MaxLinear’s AnyWAN SoC

Nov. 1, 2022
MaxLinear expects its fully-integrated XGS-PON gateway platform to spur broadband innovation using the prpl foundation-based software eco-system.

MaxLinear, Inc. (NASDAQ: MXL) recently announced what it bills as the industry’s first XGS-PON home gateway unit (HGU) running the prplOS software platform.

Using the URX851 SoC from MaxLinear’s AnyWAN family which integrates the company’s XGS-PON technology, the company says the novel HGU chip is set to usher in a new era of interoperability for a wide array of access and gateway products based around prplOS middleware.

prplOS is an open-source solution managed by the prpl Foundation, which seeks to drive scalability in the connectivity industry that is dogged by fragmentation and limited interoperability. prplOS enables product developers to create unique services and hardware platforms that operate on standardized middleware, ensuring seamless compatibility.

Leonard Dauphinee, president of the prpl Foundation, commented:

“The prpl Foundation is very excited to partner with MaxLinear to bring a full-scale gateway solution that will help expand the fiber connectivity universe. We are dedicated to partnerships and solutions that open up our industry to ever-increasing rates of innovation, creativity, and collaboration, all with the goal of benefitting every member of the supply chain, and ultimately the consumer.”

The MaxLinear AnyWAN SoCs - models MxL25641, URX850, and URX851 - deliver unprecedented integration to enable power- and cost-efficient high-performance home connectivity products. The universal broadband SoCs support all high-speed data access and in-home connectivity technologies, including Fiber-to-the-Home, Fixed Wireless Access, DOCSIS and Ethernet Broadband Access.

While the main use case is telco service provider and cable MSO gateways with dual-band and tri-band Wi-Fi 6E or Wi-Fi 7 configurations, the SoCs can be used in applications such as SMB gateways, NAS storage devices, distribution point units, and cellular small cells.

According to MaxLiner, for broadband operators, the SoCs stand to: ensure faster time to market and reduce R&D costs; enable wirespeed Wi-Fi 7 throughput; scale power consumption to performance needs via adaptive power management; allow differentiated services due to quad-core CPUs.

Doron Tal, VP Broadband Access for MaxLinear, concluded:

“With MaxLinear’s XGS-PON solution fully integrated into prplOS, home broadband product developers now have an easier path to market. The prpl operating system combined with our powerful AnyWAN SoCs - which support any WAN and any LAN - allows device designers to focus on feature, function, and cost innovations rather than compatibility and system integration issues.”

For more information and technical specifications, visit www.maxlinear.com/AnyWAN.

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