MaxLinear Wave-2 technology chosen by Comtrend for powerline adapter

MaxLinear Inc. (NYSE: MXL), a provider of radio frequency (RF), analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits, has announced that Comtrend Corp. has selected its powerline Wave-2 networking chipset for a new powerline adapter, the company said.

The MaxLinear parts are used in Comtrend´s new PG-9083 Powerline Adapter, which is designed to allow users to extend a home´s local area network using existing power lines and outlets at data rates of up to 2 Gbps. The HomeGrid Forum-certified device supports all standard modes, including the latest MIMO 100MHz band-plan.

Comtrend based its new adapter on MaxLinear´s 88LX5152 and 88LX2720 based Wave-2 chipset for powerline applications. The chipset is designed for premium performance Wave-2 applications up to 2 Gbps with a TDMA-based MAC for low-latency applications like gaming, VoIP and IP television.

The device leverages a low-density parity-check, forward error control mechanism that delivers error-free 4K IPTV video delivery. The chipset delivers standard AES-128 encryption with a plug-and-play security set up.

Founded in 1990, Comtrend is a leading designer and manufacturer of broadband communication equipment. In 2002, Comtrend distinguished itself in North America by joining the IPTV revolution for telephone service providers.

At that time, video over DSL was fraught with quality issues based on the emerging standards, outside plant quality, and interoperability issues. Since that time, Comtrend and the many flavors of DSL have become stable partners to hundreds of service providers worldwide. As new technologies evolved, Comtrend´s broadband gateways have faithfully kept the lead.

MaxLinear is headquartered in Carlsbad, California.