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Reference Design from MaxLinear and STMicroelectronics to Speed Multi-Channel Ultra HD HEVC Satellite STB & Gateway Deployments

  Reference Design from MaxLinear and STMicroelectronics to Speed
  Multi-Channel Ultra HD HEVC Satellite STB & Gateway Deployments

   Combines ST’s “Cannes/Monaco” family of HEVC Decoder SoCs with MaxLinear
     Full-Spectrum Capture^TM Four- or Eight-Channel MxL5xx Front-End ICs

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CARLSBAD, Calif. & GENEVA -- April 3, 2014

MaxLinear Inc. (NYSE: MXL), a leading provider of integrated radio frequency
(RF) and mixed-signal integrated circuits for broadband communications
applications, and STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor
leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications,
announce a reference design aimed at accelerating the adoption of
next-generation Ultra HD set-top boxes (STB) and gateways for satellite pay-TV
operators worldwide.

The reference design accelerates OEM development of the next-generation of
STBs and gateways, enabling satellite operators to deliver Ultra HD content
using the high-efficiency video-coding (HEVC/ H.265) standard. The advanced
design, combining next-generation technology from ST and MaxLinear, supports
the most demanding satellite-operator service offerings, including multiple
decode, multi-channel personal video recorder (PVR), video-on-demand (VOD),
multiple transcoding for streaming to second-screen clients and
state-of-the-art graphics, even while maintaining very-low power consumption.

The reference design leverages MaxLinear’s best-in-class MxL5xx family of
satellite Full-Spectrum Capture™ (FSC™) receivers, and ST’s pin-compatible
STiH312 “Cannes” and STiH412 “Monaco” set-top box system-on-chip (SoC)
decoders. The platform supports a full array of end products, from HD
HEVC-ready STBs with multiple-channel decoding to high-end servers with “4K”
Ultra HD resolution and HEVC decode, along with the display and real-time
transcoding of numerous HD streams simultaneously.

Both device families are pin-compatible, making the reference design scalable
from four to eight channels and flexible to support either full HD or 4K Ultra
HD with or without transcode. The platform can also be adapted for cable
MSOs^1 using the pin-compatible MxL2xx family of cable FSC multi-channel
receivers.

The FSC front-end allows satellite operators to support a range of
multi-channel features, including fast channel-change time, video streaming to
multiple televisions or IP devices, flexible record/watch combinations and
progressive VOD in background. Optional terrestrial front-end modules based on
MaxLinear’s market-leading terrestrial receiver technology can be added to the
platform to enable capture of over-the-air terrestrial broadcast channels.

The Cannes/Monaco SoC design is based on ARM multi-core processors, superior
2D/3D graphics performance with a Mali™ GPU, integrated hardware Faroudja^®
multimedia subsystem with HEVC-capable robust video decoder, high-performance
video encoder, and high-quality video pre/post processing. The Cannes/Monaco
SoC families provide multiple interfaces: PCIe™ supporting Wi-Fi connectivity,
smart-card interfaces, 6Gbit/s Gen 3 eSATA interfaces, USB2/3, SPI, I2C, SDIO
and DDR3 memory support for flexible and affordable bill-of-materials HW
designs. A security toolbox for premium content delivery is provided to
optimize performance for premium content. The low power draw of both chipset
families combined with support for active standby mode enables
industry-leading low-power solutions.

“Ultra HD provides the next-level user experience that will enable
extra-ordinary opportunities for satellite broadcasters to maximize the value
of their extensive portfolio of premium content. This ST/MaxLinear gateway
reference design will assure powerful and flexible platforms to revolutionize
the satellite TV viewing experience,” said Herve Mathieu, Box and Gateways
Business Line Director, Unified Platform Division, STMicroelectronics. “With
ST’s leadership position and the successful global adoption of the
“Cannes/Monaco” platform, we are ideally placed to support satellite operators
worldwide in the transition to those new ground-breaking platforms.”

“Support for 4K content is going to be a priority for satellite operators in
2015 and this design will set the bar for both the highest performance and
lowest power consumption in the gateway segment,” said Brian Sprague,
MaxLinear’s Vice President and General Manager. “With our FSC tuners and the
performance of ST’s 4K/HEVC SoCs, this design is ideal for first mover OEMs in
this market.”

ST will be present with MaxLinear at the SES Industry days in Luxemburg April
3^rd and 4^th 2014.

Technical Highlights – MxL5xx

The MxL5xx family includes three single-input RF receivers, the MxL541,
MxL561, and MxL581, which have four, six and eight demodulators respectively.
The MxL582 has two RF inputs and supports eight demodulators. The MxL544
supports four RF inputs and has four demodulators, while the MxL584 supports
four RF inputs with eight demodulators. All the devices are available in very
small form factor, pin-compatible 10mm x 10mm QFN packages ideally suited for
minimizing system manufacturing costs.

The MxL5xx devices integrate all active front-end components, including the
low-noise amplifiers (LNA). Due to the high levels of system integration, the
bill of material (BOM) in end applications is reduced to a minimal number of
low-cost passive components and a crystal, which enables ultra-compact
low-cost system solutions.

The capture bandwidth of each RF input can be configured to match conventional
L-band requirements (950MHz – 2150MHz) or to a wider bandwidth (250MHz –
2300MHz). Other benefits of the FSC™ technology include embedded remote
spectrum monitoring, which provides built-in performance monitoring and remote
diagnostics for satellite operators.

The low-power and power-control flexibility of the MxL5xx devices enable
compliance with the requirements of Energy Star and the European Code of
Conduct for Digital TV Services and Broadband Equipment for both standby and
operating modes.

Technical Highlights - STiH312 and STiH412

The ‘Cannes’ client-box SoC family addresses a wide range of needs from
extensive support of Ultra High Definition (STiH312) and High Definition
(STiH310, STiH305) premium content to all-integrated, cost-optimized
solutions.

It delivers high computing capabilities based on ARM multi-core processors,
superior 2D/3D graphics performance, integrated hardware video encoders with
pre-processing, and Faroudja^®-enhanced video processing. The devices also
feature PCIe™ supporting Wi-Fi connectivity, smart-card interfaces, two
6Gbit/s Gen 3 eSATA interfaces, as well as USB2/3, low-power modes and
comprehensive security toolbox for premium content delivery.

The ‘Monaco’ family provides an economical, yet full-featured solution for
server-type applications such as home gateways. The ST Faroudja Transcode
Engine provides best-in-class transcoding capabilities for multi-screen
experiences across consumer and handheld devices. This allows operators to
reduce their network bandwidth while offering an excellent quality of service
throughout the home. The ‘Monaco’ family includes the ‘Ultra HD’ STiH412 and
cost-optimized derivatives (STiH407 and STiH410) for HD markets.

Availability

The reference-design platform is sampling this month and is available with a
complete software development kit. The reference design is pre-certified with
leading CAS vendors for fast market deployment.

About MaxLinear, Inc.

MaxLinear, Inc. is a leading provider of radio-frequency and mixed-signal
semiconductor solutions for broadband communications applications. MaxLinear
is headquartered in Carlsbad, California. For more information, please visit
www.maxlinear.com.

MxL, Full-Spectrum Capture, FSC and the MaxLinear logo are trademarks of
MaxLinear, Inc. Other trademarks appearing herein are the property of their
respective owners.

About STMicroelectronics

ST is a global leader in the semiconductor market serving customers across the
spectrum of sense and power and automotive products and embedded processing
solutions. From energy management and savings to trust and data security, from
healthcare and wellness to smart consumer devices, in the home, car and
office, at work and at play, ST is found everywhere microelectronics make a
positive and innovative contribution to people's life. By getting more from
technology to get more from life, ST stands for life.augmented.

In 2013, the Company’s net revenues were $8.08 billion. Further information on
ST can be found at www.st.com.

Cautionary Note About Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of
Section27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section21E of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward-looking statements
include, among others, statements concerning or implying future financial
performance, trends and growth opportunities, and opportunities associated
with new product offerings, in particular the reference design announced in
this press release. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown
risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause actual results to be
materially different from any future results expressed or implied by the
forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on
management’s current, preliminary expectations and are subject to various
risks and uncertainties. Risks and uncertainties affecting our respective
businesses, operating results, and stock prices, include, among others,
intense competition in our industry and uncertainties concerning how end user
markets for our products will develop, including end user markets for the
reference design announced today. In addition to these risks and
uncertainties, investors should review the risks and uncertainties contained
in MaxLinear’s and STMicroelectronic’s filings with the Securities and
Exchange Commission (SEC), including MaxLinear’s most recent Annual Report on
Form 10-K.

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Contact:

MaxLinear Inc. Press Contact:
The David James Agency LLC
David Rodewald, +1 805-494-9508
david@davidjamesagency.com
or
MaxLinear Inc. Corporate Contact:
Yves Rasse
Senior Director, Consumer Product Line
+1 760-692-0711
yrasse@maxlinear.com
or
STMicroelectronics
Michael Markowitz
Director Technical Media Relations
+1 781-591-0354
michael.markowitz@st.com
 
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