MaxLinear AirPHY Technology Provides Datarates of up to 2 Gbps While Penetrating Through Walls

Taiwanese company, ZINWELL has selected MaxLinear's MxL210x AirPHY wireless transceiver for its ZRA-001 product line. Founded in 1981, ZINWELL is globally recognized as one of the major Taiwanese manufacturers of MoCA 2.5 ECB/WECBs, Ultra-high Speed Home Networking, Multimedia Networks, Digital Set-top Box, Satellite, CATV and Terrestrial Receiving equipment.

Enabling the transfer of gigabit data rates from outdoor to indoor is a key challenge for high-band 5G and fixed wireless access technologies that use millimeter wave radio frequencies. Millimeter wave RF signals are ideal for supporting ultra-high broadband speeds with very low latency, however signals have challenges penetrating building walls or energy efficient windows with low-emissivity (Low-E) metallic coatings.

This challenge is addressed by the MxL210x, based on MaxLinear’s AirPHY technology. Operating within unlicensed radio frequency bands and below the FCC and European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) limits for radiated emissions, the MxL210x enables wireless transfer of more than 2 Gigabits per second (Gbps) penetrating through low-E windows and walls.

The ZINWELL ZRA-001 is designed for residential applications. It has two components: an outdoor unit (ODU) attached to the outside of the house and an indoor unit (IDU). The IDU can be easily self-installed to an inside wall or window. This solution means that mobile network operators (MNOs) do not have to drill holes in their customers’ homes to enable service, which speeds up installation time and lowers subscriber acquisition costs. Trials of the ZRA-001 will commence in the second quarter of 2018.

MaxLinear demonstrated their AirPHY technology at the Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona earlier this month.