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MaxLinear & Airgain Collaborate to Demonstrate Multi-Gigabit Data Transfer Through Low-E Glass Windows for 5G Fixed Wireless Access

January 08, 2018
  • Demonstration combines MaxLinear’s AirPHYTM wireless modem technology with Airgain’s broadband, near-field antenna module
  • Wireless solution uses unlicensed spectrum to penetrate all types of dual- and triple-paned low-E glass windows

Las Vegas, CES Show, January 8, 2017 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, today announced a collaboration with Airgain, Inc. (NASDAQ: AIRG), a global leader in wireless connectivity platforms, to demonstrate the wireless transfer of more than 2 Gigabits per second (Gbps) through low-emissivity (low-E) glass windows using a small, 2”x 2” window-mounted antenna module.

The ability to bridge gigabit data rates from the outside of the house to the inside of the house is a key challenge for 5G and 60GHz fixed wireless access technologies that use millimeter wave radio frequencies (RF). Millimeter wave RF signals are ideal for supporting ultra-high broadband speeds with very low latency, but they’re incapable of penetrating building walls or energy efficient windows with low-E metallic coatings.

MaxLinear’s AirPHY technology provides an ideal solution to this problem and eliminates the need for broadband service providers to drill holes in their customer’s homes. AirPHY can be combined with any broadband access technology in an outdoor unit (ODU) attached to the home. Indoor units (IDUs) can easily be self-installed by aligning with the ODU and attaching to an inside wall or window. AirPHY operates within unlicensed radio frequency bands and below the FCC limits for radiated emissions.

Utilizing Airgain’s compact solution, the AirPHY system combines antennas on either side of the building to provide near field coupling, which can penetrate through low-E windows or walls, efficiently and in a small form factor.

“High-performance broadband requires complex thinking, and understanding how to solve real-world wireless connectivity challenges is at the core of our business,” said Chuck Myers, President and CEO at Airgain. “The AirPHY technology from MaxLinear is a clear example of thinking outside the box to address the last meter opportunity, and we’re excited to be working collaboratively with MaxLinear to deliver new and innovative antenna systems to enable this technology.”

“Fixed wireless broadband operators are challenged to deliver gigabit speeds across the last meter, into the home,” said Will Torgerson, Vice President and General Manager, MaxLinear Broadband Group. “AirPHY is an elegant solution that reduces installation costs and improves the customer experience.”

The AirPHY demonstration with Airgain’s antenna will be held at CES 2018, January 9-12, in MaxLinear’s private suites at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. For reservations, please contact 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.

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

About Airgain
Airgain Inc. (NASDAQ: AIRG) is a global provider of high-performance wireless communications platforms. Combining design-led thinking with testing and development, Airgain works in partnership with the entire ecosystem, including carriers, chipset suppliers, OEMs, and ODMs. Airgain’s key markets include home, automotive, IoT, and enterprise, and its antenna technologies can be found in set-top boxes, access points, routers, gateways, media adapters, smart TVs, vehicles, and Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Airgain is headquartered in San Diego, California, and maintains design and test centers in the US, UK, and China. For more information, visit airgain.com, or follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Airgain and the Airgain logo are registered trademarks of Airgain, Inc.

Cautionary Note About Forward-Looking Statements
MaxLinear and Airgain caution you that statements in this press release that are not a description of historical facts are forward-looking statements. These statements are based on each company's current beliefs and expectations. These forward-looking statements include statements regarding the ability of the MaxLinear AirPHY technology utilizing Airgain’s broadband, near-field antenna module to wirelessly transfer through low-E glass windows and walls, reduce installation costs and improve the customer experience. The inclusion of forward-looking statements should not be regarded as a representation by MaxLinear or Airgain that any of their plans will be achieved. Actual results may differ from those set forth in this press release due to the risk and uncertainties inherent in their respective businesses, including, without limitation: the market for antenna products is developing and may not develop as either company expects; risks associated with the performance of Airgain’s technology and MaxLinear’s technology; and other risks described in prior press releases and in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) by each of MaxLinear and Airgain, including under the heading "Risk Factors" in MaxLinear’s and Airgain’s Annual Reports on Form 10-K and any subsequent filings with the SEC. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof, and each company undertakes no obligation to revise or update this press release to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement, which is made under the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

MaxLinear Inc. Press Contact:
David Rodewald
The David James Agency LLC
Tel: +1 805-494-9508
david@davidjamesagency.com

MaxLinear Inc. Corporate Contact:
Will Torgerson
Vice President & General Manager Of Broadband Group
Tel: +1 760-692-0711
wtorgerson@maxlinear.com

Airgain Inc. Press Contact:
Will Cook
Harvard
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7861 2504
Airgain@harvard.co.uk

 

Airgain Inc. Corporate Contact:
Alexis Waadt
Director of Investor Relations
Tel: +1 760-579-0200
investors@airgain.com

 

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