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April 30, 2012

Cyfrowy Polsat Selects MaxLinear's MxL601 Global TV Tuner

By Sujata Garud, TMCnet Contributor

Cyfrowy Polsat has selected MaxLinear’s MxL601 global TV tuner for use in its own T-HD 1000 set-top box (STB). Cyfrowy Polsat’s STB is the core of a new nationwide hybrid DVB-T / IPTV (News - Alert) service. The MxL601 is a 65-nm CMOS global TV tuner, which provides better reception performance, silicon integration and power consumption.

The T-HD 1000 with MxL601 is among the set-top box devices that allow reception of Cyfrowy Polsat's new service, delivered both in and out of the home. With the help of its breakthroughs in silicon tuner technology, the MxL601 helps reduce a 50-percent footprint compared to solutions already on the market. The MxL601 offers an excellent noise figure of 3.5 decibels (dB). The use of MxL601 toner allows manufacturers to design a single tuner front-end for all global TV industries.

MaxLinear’s MxL601 software is configurable for receiving any global television standard without the need for any hardware modifications. The toner is based on MaxLinear's 65-nm CMOS advanced radio technology.

MxL601’s supported standards include: PAL, SECAM, NTSC, DVB-T/T2, ISDB-T, ISDB-Tmm, ATSC, ATSC M/H, DTMB, ITU-T J.83 Annex A (DVB-C) / B (US Cable) / C (Japan); DOCSIS and EURODOCSIS.

“Cyfrowy Polsat's new service is innovative in the way it combines DVB-T broadcast networks with IPTV to give viewers the content choices they demand,” said Yves Rasse, Sr. Director of MaxLinear Consumer Product Line. “The choice of MxL601 will enable Cyfrowy Polsat to deliver the high signal quality that its customers also expect."

Cyfrowy Polsat is currently working to develop the new mobile TV service in DVB-T technology. With this new innovation, Cyfrowy Polsat looks to provide its customers access to free-to-air DVB-T channels and Internet content from the company's ipla movie-on-demand service.

MaxLinear was recently in the news when it launched MxL265 and MxL267, its industry-leading 40nm CMOS single-chip 16-channel and 24-channel digital cable front-end receivers, based on the company's proprietary Full-Spectrum (News - Alert) Capture (FSC) technology.

Edited by Braden Becker

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