MaxLinear and NI are working collectively to simplify the validation of broadband energy amplifiers for 5G networks

• RF design validation engineers can now easily test state-of-the-art dual-band linearization IP from their RF workbench

MaxLinear, Inc. (NYSE: MXL) and NI (NASDAQ: NATI) today announced the integration of MaxLinear’s dual-band RF power amplifier (PA) linearization algorithms into NI’s RFIC test software. This integration enables a comprehensive validation of new PA designs for the broadband cellular network infrastructure, which lead to higher energy efficiency and lower non-linear effects. NI’s integrated and highly synchronized RF test bench, coupled with MaxLinear’s new industry-leading linearization IP, provides engineers with a streamlined test and measurement approach to design validation that offers significant ACLR reduction, EVM improvements, and energy efficiency benefits.

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The advent of 5G networks has sparked a rapid increase in deployed multiband radios that require support for contiguous and non-contiguous broadband carrier aggregation configurations. These new RF front-end designs share a single high-bandwidth PA and signal path, resulting in significant cost and size savings. However, to achieve maximum energy efficiency, engineers need to drive these broadband PAs into non-linear operation and understand how to minimize the undesirable effects of RF energy loss in adjacent channels.

To meet this challenge, NI RFIC test software integrates MaxLinear’s state-of-the-art broadband linearization techniques with the latest DC, digital, analog, and RF PXI instruments, enabling consolidated, more efficient, single-transmit radio chain architectures while minimizing Scattering losses in neighboring channels.

“The integration of our linearization IP into the NI platform brings rapid innovation to a very difficult but key challenge for broadband cellular systems,” said Helen Kim, vice president of Wireless Technologies & IP at MaxLinear. “Providing engineers with the tools to simplify the validation of power amplifiers complements our goal of drastically reducing the enormous power consumption of 4G and 5G RF radios today.”

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“We enable our customers to accelerate the pace of product development through automated device validation. And it’s clear that energy efficient 5G deployments require more powerful validation solutions, ”said Jesse Lyles, Sr. Director, Semiconductor Business Unit at NI. “Together with MaxLinear, we can provide the validation solutions our customers need to reduce their time to market. We are excited to enhance NI’s RFIC application with MaxLinear’s linearization algorithms to achieve higher RF device performance. “

About MaxLinear, Inc.

MaxLinear, Inc. (NYSE: MXL) is a leading provider of radio frequency (RF), analog, digital, and mixed-signal integrated circuits for connectivity and access, wired and wireless infrastructure, and industrial and multi-market applications. MaxLinear is headquartered in Carlsbad, California. More information is available at

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About NI, Inc.

At NI, we bring people, ideas, and technology together so that thought leaders and creative problem solvers can meet humanity’s greatest challenges. From data and automation to research and validation, we offer the tailor-made, software-networked system engineers and companies that they need every day for Engineer Ambitiously ™.

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MaxLinear, Inc. Press Contact:
Debbie Brandenburg
Sr. Marketing Communications Manager
Tel: +1 669-265-6083

MaxLinear, Inc. Company Contact:
Helen Kim
Vice President for Wireless Technologies & IP
Tel: +1 760-692-0711

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