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MaxLinear and ProBrand International commence shipments of satellite dCSS LNBs to Telefónica

(8 January 2018 - MaxLinear) MaxLinear and ProBrand International today announced the shipment of mass production quantities of digital satellite low-noise block downconverters LNBs to Telefónica.

PBI's digital LNBs feature an integrated digital channel stacking switch (dCSS) that enables multiple satellite television channels to be carried over a single coaxial cable, which simplifies installation and lowers deployment costs.

The LNBs also utilize a common hardware design with programmable software that enables Telefónica to customize the frequency plan based on the unique needs of each country in which it operates. Telefónica is one of the first major satellite operators to leverage the benefits of dCSS technology across its global footprint of satellite networks. The dCSS LNBs are currently being deployed in Brazil and Colombia, while other markets are due to begin deployments in 2018.

The Telefónica digital LNBs utilize MaxLinear’s market-leading satellite RF and channel-stacking technology, including:

  • MxL801 – industry's first satellite RF downconverter IC fabricated in digital CMOS technology
  • MxL862 – industry's first satellite channel stacking IC with programmable filters that can stack up to 32 channels on a single coax cable

The MaxLinear chipset can deliver 24 dynamic user bands to the connected home, interfacing with existing (EN50494) and new (EN50607) standards for home gateway and PVR technologies, taking the capacity well beyond the four-channel SCR technology currently used. In the fixed frequency single cable environment, such as MDUs, ProBrand’s digital LNBs can be programmed over-the-air or on-site with ProBrand’s programming tool and GUI to any transponder (up to 32) plan.

ProBrand has been leading the industry with its compact low power designs integrating multiple satellites and frequency bands to a single-cable environment. ProBrand’s highly automated state-of-the-art factory was specifically designed and built to manufacture and test high-volume digital LNBs. ProBrand’s patent-pending design brings lower cost dCSS LNBs to the mass-market serving the growing need to deliver TV content to multiple tuners/PVR in the home.

“ProBrand is proud that our innovative, patent-pending LNB design has catapulted us to become the world’s leading supplier of dCSS LNBs,” said Eric Shin, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, at ProBrand. “Our mission, along with partners such as MaxLinear, is to continue and spread the benefits of cost-savings and enhanced consumer experience to all satellite operators worldwide.”

“MaxLinear is excited to enable satellite operators worldwide to realize the benefits of digital channel-stacking technology,” said Will Torgerson, Vice President and General Manager, MaxLinear Broadband Group. “The latest dCSS LNB from ProBrand is a scalable, software programmable solution that allows Telefónica to customize and grow its pay-TV business, without having to replace LNBs in the future.”

About MaxLinear

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.

About ProBrand International

ProBrand International is a leading designer and developer of advanced antenna and RF systems for the satellite and telecommunications (wireless) sectors. ProBrand serves the leading North American, South American, and European DBS operators along with having aggressive expansion plans to the rest of the world, and has extensive expertise in related verticals such as very small aperture terminals (VSATs). Through its in-house engineering design team combined with advanced R&D labs, state-of-the-art indoor compact antenna and feed ranges, and leading-edge manufacturing facilities, ProBrand offers shortened time to market and a complete end-to-end solution.