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September 10, 2012

Zenverge, MaxLinear Team Introduce Highly Integrated Cable-to-IP Video Gateway for Multiscreen Service Distribution

By Jyothi Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributor

To create a highly integrated four-channel cable-to-IP video gateway, MaxLinear, Inc., provider of integrated radio frequency (RF) and mixed-signal integrated circuits for broadband communication applications, has teamed up with Zenverge, Inc., developer of advanced content networking Ics.

Both the companies will work together to introduce new Cable-to-IP Video Gateway (News - Alert) that can stream high-quality video content to tablet and smartphone devices using Zenverge’s ZN200 quad stream content networking IC and MaxLinear’s MxL254 Full-Spectrum (News - Alert) Capture (FSC) front-end cable receiver.

This new solution will provide cable operators with a high-performance, cost-effective solution that expands their multiscreen service offering beyond the traditional set-top box.

“Consumer demand for high-quality multiscreen services continues to increase at an astonishing pace, making it imperative for cable operators to deliver a consistent viewing experience on every device,” said Shawn Saleem, EVP of Marketing & Strategic Planning, Zenverge.

Adding, “Partnering with MaxLinear, we are able to provide cable operators with a powerful cable-to-IP video gateway that supports true HD viewing on a variety of IP-connected devices, including smartphones and tablets. The ZN200 is the perfect solution for gateway applications based on its ability to process multi-streams and deliver superior video to any viewing platform.”

The new gateway comes with Zenverge’s TransAll transcoding engine that delivers up to 1080p HD quality video, compared with standard transcoding solutions that stream content at reduced resolutions, while it also minimizes DDR storage. Whereas the MaxLinear MxL254 works as a four-channel digital cable front-end receiver that includes on-chip QAM/DVB-C demodulators as well as integrated LNA and signal conditioning functionalities. The 40nm digital CMOS device uses MaxLinear’s Full-Spectrum Capture technology to obtain the full 1GHz cable spectrum.

“MaxLinear’s FSC technology captures the full 1GHz cable spectrum, providing industry leading channel tuning capacity for this gateway,” said Brian Sprague, MaxLinear’s VP and GM for Broadband and Consumer Products.

Sprague said that the MxL254 cable receiver is pure digital CMOS technology, which contributes to its low power consumption and small size, making it possible for this gateway to be as small and low power as it is and still delivers quality multiscreen video services.

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Edited by Brooke Neuman

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