MaxLinear Transceiver Chipset Prompts MTI’s 5G Open RAN radio platform

• Deployments scheduled to begin in early 2021 with various operators

MaxLinear, Inc. (NYSE: MXL), a leading provider of radio frequency (RF), analog, digital, and mixed-signal integrated circuits, today announced that the company’s wireless transceiver chipsets are in remote radio from Microelectronics Technology Inc. (MTI) uses units (RRUs) that target certain Greenfield Open RAN deployments for 4G and 5G applications.

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MaxLinear transceiver chipset enables 5G Open RAN radios (Graphic: Business Wire)

Open RAN offers operators a new way of building their wireless networks with interoperable network devices that are obtained from various first-class infrastructure providers. High performance, flexible, and inexpensive radio units (RUs) are key elements of any Open RAN network. MaxLinear’s solutions provide a proven software-defined radio platform that enables device manufacturers to quickly deploy Open RAN RUs that meet these goals with industry-leading features, flexibility, form factor and energy efficiency.

“Mobile operators are fast moving to Open RAN because the cost savings and flexibility of Open RAN allow them to capitalize on opportunities that were previously unaffordable,” said Joe Madden, founder and president of Mobile Experts, a leading wireless technology research company. “Around 7 million radios will be sold annually by 2025 regardless of baseband processors. As a result, we expect the market share of smaller providers to quadruple over the next five years, opening up innovative opportunities for innovative semiconductor providers.”

MTI’s Open RAN radios support new 5G Open RAN network deployments with the O-RAN 7.2x interface. These new 5G radios use MaxLinear RF transceiver chipsets to provide a powerful, robust, affordable and flexible platform that enables MTI to quickly support new 5G Open RAN radio deployments with multiple customers.

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In addition, MTI is supplying its MaxLinear-based Evenstar radio as part of the innovative OpenRAN ecosystem, which fully supports the OpenRAN reference architecture including a fronthaul interface compatible with the O-RAN Alliance Split 7.2x.

With their exceptional RF performance, MaxLinear transceiver chipsets offer base station designers a flexible platform to simplify and accelerate the development of next generation radios. These highly integrated base station transceivers support all air interfaces from 2G to 5G NR, including MC-GSM, making them ideal for developing the scalable SDR (Multi-Standard Software Defined Radios) software operators need for today’s 5G deployments . The MaxLinear chipset supports MIMO (Multiple Input, Multiple Output) applications in Macro, Massive MIMO and Small Cell radios.

“MaxLinear is excited to support MTI’s 5G RRU solutions with our high-performance transceivers,” said Brendan Walsh, vice president of MaxLinear’s Wireless Infrastructure Group. “MTI has been an important customer for many years. We will continue to work closely and innovate to bring industry-leading Open RAN radios to market.”

“We selected MaxLinear for this deployment because of the breadth of their current product offerings and the level of investment they are making in future products,” said Eugene Wu, general manager of MTI. “We are planning future collaborations with MaxLinear’s next-generation transceiver solutions and world-class DPD algorithms that support highly linearized, high-bandwidth deployments.”

About the Evenstar program:

The Evenstar program will contribute to the OpenRAN ecosystem by focusing on creating generic RAN reference designs for 4G and 5G networks aligned with the 3GPP and O-RAN specifications, and the introduction of TIP OpenRAN – Accelerate project group solutions. RRUs, distribution units and control unit software are traditionally only available as packaged units, which limits the possibilities for supplying suburbs and rural locations. By decoupling these components, the Evenstar program is intended to enable cellular network operators to select the best technology in the industry and to provide solutions from more and more technology partners.

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 www.maxlinear.com.

MxL and the MaxLinear logo are trademarks of MaxLinear, Inc. Other trademarks herein are the property of their respective owners.

About MTI

MTI’s vision is to be the best RF provider for leading wireless communications partners in the telecommunications and satellite communications industries.

Microelectronics Technology Inc. (MTI) was founded in 1983 and was the first to specialize in the design and manufacture of microwave and satellite communications products in Taiwan. MTI is headquartered in Hsinchu Science Park, also known as “Silicon Valley of Taiwan”. With additional manufacturing facilities in Wuxi China and a research and development center in California, USA, MTI understands the importance of global communication and is committed to expanding its presence around the world.

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contacts

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

MaxLinear, Inc corporate contact:
Brendan Walsh
Vice President of the Wireless Infrastructure Group
Tel .: +1 760-692-0711
wireless@maxlinear.com

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