MaxLinear Presents Breakthrough AirPHY Multi-Gigabit Wireless Technology

September 20 2017, 03:25
MaxLinear, a leading provider of radio frequency (RF), analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits for the connected home, wired and wireless infrastructure, announced its AirPHY technology that enables data to be transferred wirelessly through typical building materials with an aggregate throughput of up to 2.5 Gbps. Presented at IBC 2017, AirPHY technology promises the delivery of multi-Gigabit data rates through concrete walls and non-metallic barriers up to 12-inches thick.

The demonstration at the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) in Amsterdam, combined AirPHY technology with wireless power to deliver 1Gbps data throughput and up to 25 watts of power across a 25mm low-emissivity (low-e) glass window, more than enough to power the AirPHY and fiber-optic modems on the other side.

MaxLinear says that AirPHY will be an ideal enabling technology for both Gigabit-capable Passive Optical Networks (GPON), and 5G fixed wireless broadband access applications. The company says that AirPHY is able to solve the broadband service providers’ dilemma of installing multi-gigabit data services in the home without drilling holes and running cables through external walls. The new technology is also suited for deployments of 5G wireless broadband services that utilize the 28GHz band, which cannot effectively penetrate exterior walls or low-e glass windows.

AirPHY technology will enable service providers to provide bidirectional gigabit broadband services to consumers, delivered from a high-speed modem outside the home to a residential gateway or Wi-Fi router within the home. The AirPHY technology operates within unlicensed radio frequency bands and below the FCC limits for radiated emissions.

“There is a lot of discussion and excitement over broadband wireless access services in the industry and we think that AirPHY has some advantages in throughput and spectrum reuse that make it very compelling,” says Will Torgerson, Vice President and General Manager, MaxLinear Broadband Group. “We can foresee many different use cases and applications for this technology, both in retail and service provider markets.”
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