MaxLinear Expands Multi-Gigabit G.hn Wired Connectivity to Automotive, Industrial, Security and Utility Market Segments

  • Automotive solutions will be demonstrated at CES with Gigabit speeds over a standard unshielded wiring harness of a mid-size tier1 sedan.

LAS VEGAS — (BUSINESS WIRE) — January 8, 2018 — MaxLinear, a leading provider of radio frequency (RF), analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits for connected home, wired and wireless infrastructure, and industrial and multimarket applications, today announced plans to introduce a new range of solutions based on the international G.hn standard for the automotive, industrial, security and utility markets, further expanding the total addressable market (TAM) for G.hn technology.

Each of these vertical market solutions will utilize MaxLinear G.hn semiconductors combined with MaxLinear-developed software. At CES, MaxLinear will demonstrate gigabit connectivity over a standard automotive wiring harness utilizing G.hn technology – the first of these applications to be available.

G.hn is an open networking standard published by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) that enables gigabit data transmission over multiple physical media, including power lines, twisted pair, coaxial cable and visible light. The G.hn standard was originally developed with a focus on powerline-based home-networking applications, an inherently harsh interference environment. In recent years, MaxLinear, in collaboration with its customers, has expanded use cases for its G.hn products pushing the boundaries of the technology by improving robustness to interference, expanding coverage distance and reducing total power consumption.

“Our customers are constantly developing new ways to use MaxLinear G.hn products to solve challenging connectivity problems, usually in environments where gigabit speeds are required and where installing new cables is either expensive, inconvenient or plain impossible,” said Will Torgerson, Vice President & General Manager of the Broadband Group for MaxLinear. “The rapid adoption of IoT technology for smart sensors, communications and controls in industrial, automotive, security and utility markets is creating demand for technologies such as G.hn, which enable legacy devices to be connected at gigabit speeds without requiring new wires, and without any of the security and reliability compromises associated with wireless technologies.”

Automotive market

System vendors addressing the automotive market can use G.hn technology to deliver TCP/IP and Ethernet-compatible gigabit connectivity over any shared bus, combining power and data transmission in a way that reduces vehicle weight and cost by eliminating dedicated cables. G.hn devices can be used on dedicated point-to-point connections or in a mesh network configuration enabling all connected devices to communicate with each other. Cameras, infotainment, communications modules and sensors (LiDAR, radar, etc.) used in cars incorporating advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) technology can now use a shared, low-latency gigabit bus to deliver high speed data in real-time to the central control unit.

Industrial market

Customers building products for the industrial market can use MaxLinear G.hn chips to combine both power delivery and TCP/IP connectivity over a single shared cable, reducing the cost, size and weight of their products without compromising on key requirements such as error-free data delivery or predictable latency.

Security market

Both home surveillance and large-scale security systems can leverage MaxLinear G.hn technology to provide reliable connectivity for high-resolution security cameras. While home surveillance systems can use G.hn to leverage in-home power wires as a robust connectivity network, larger enterprise security systems typically use coaxial cables for video transmission. MaxLinear G.hn products enable system vendors to retrofit old coax-based analog camera systems with new IP-based high-resolution cameras while leveraging the legacy coaxial cable for connectivity.

Utility market

Utility companies around the world are facing new challenges driven by the need to migrate to renewable energy sources, increase energy efficiency, reduce CO2 emissions and absorb the power demand from an increased number of electric cars. Many of these energy companies will need to deploy a new generation of smart meters that can exchange usage information in real-time, receive energy price updates and participate in demand-response programs, while supporting the highest level of data security to meet privacy requirements. In October 2017, MaxLinear announced a partnership with a leading smart grid vendor to utilize G.hn technology to provide broadband connectivity for smart meters and other smart grid applications.

To accelerate customers’ time-to-market, MaxLinear will provide turn-key software and silicon solutions optimized for each of these segments.

More information

To view the demonstration of the G.hn automotive solution at CES or to learn more about these vertical industry G.hn solutions, please contact your MaxLinear sales representative or send an email to sales@maxlinear.com.

About MaxLinear, Inc.

MaxLinear, Inc. (NYSE: MXL), a leading provider of radio frequency (RF), analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits for the connected home, wired and wireless infrastructure, and industrial and multimarket applications. MaxLinear is headquartered in Carlsbad, California. For more information, please visit  www.maxlinear.com .

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