MaxLinear and devolo team for new Wireless, IPTV products for carriers

Heiko Harbers, CEO of devolo

MaxLinear, Inc, a provider of radio frequency (RF), analog, and mixed-signal integrated circuits for the connected home, wired and wireless infrastructure, and industrial and multimarket applications, announced its Wave 2 transceiver ICs have been selected by German home networking pioneer devolo for an innovative new line of powerline networking products for service providers.

devolo’s new generation of home networking solutions enables a double-digit increase in data rates compared to current technologies, thus providing the best user experience possible. The new products leverage existing electrical wiring to offer both wired and Wi-Fi connectivity. They provide end users with seamless, robust Wi-Fi coverage across an entire home with the freedom to enjoy streaming video or surfing the Internet anywhere.

devolo’s new powerline products are optimised for very low latency and packet loss to serve applications such as IPTV and online gaming and are the first in the industry to support newly released features required by service providers, including: power saving mode, IEEE1905a, and TR-069.

Power saving mode is an energy-efficiency feature of the standard that can drastically reduce power consumption in common usage scenarios. IEEE1905a provides the framework to simplify setup and optimisation to achieve expected performance through self-installation. TR-069 is critical in eliminating truck-rolls by allowing remote management and field-upgradability of the powerline adapters.

MaxLinear’s Wave-2 chipset (88LX5152 baseband and 88LX2720 analog front-end) combines to deliver the highest performance and lowest latency powerline solution in the industry with net data rates up to 1 Gbps. The ICs implement advanced TDMA technology to achieve the very low latency needed for gaming, VoIP, and IPTV applications. The chipset also features next-generation LDPC forward error correction for error-free 4K IPTV video delivery.

Will Torgerson

“devolo is the leading provider of powerline networking solutions in Europe and we’re excited that they selected MaxLinear’s technology as the core component of their product family upgrade,” said Will Torgerson, vice president & general manager of the Broadband Group for MaxLinear. “This new generation of devolo powerline products will allow European service providers to deliver whole home gigabit-class home-networking solutions to their customers’ homes.”

“We wanted this new generation of home networking products to provide wire-rate performance even in the most challenging environments, including the high-density urban scenarios in which many of our European carrier customers operate,” said Heiko Harbers, CEO of devolo.

“Once we settled on technology as the best way to achieve this goal, we decided that MaxLinear was the partner with the technology we needed and with the commitment to partner support that really benefited our development process.”

For more than 14 years, devolo has been a partner of service providers and carriers across Europe, providing them with high-performance powerline products that are adapted to their specific needs.

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