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MaxLinear Expands Its Ethernet Family with 2.5G 7 & 10 Port Switches as Well as 2.5G Octal-port Ethernet PHYs

  • MxL86282 single chip 2.5G multi-port solutions provide state-of-the-art features, industry-best low power consumption

MaxLinear, Inc. (Nasdaq: MXL), a leader in consumer and industrial Ethernet solutions, today announced the launch of a new family of 2.5G Ethernet switches and PHYs. Launching today will be both 7-and 10-port switches and 8-port PHYs, with variants for consumer and industrial applications. The single-chip solutions offer a large packet buffer, low power consumption, and the broadest feature set available on the market today. The new family further enriches MaxLinear’s already robust Ethernet product line, which includes 10/100, 1G, and 2.5G bridges, PHYs and switches.

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MaxLinear Expands its Ethernet Family with 2.5G 7 & 10 Port Switches as well as 2.5G Octal-port Ethernet PHYs (Graphic: Business Wire)

MaxLinear Expands its Ethernet Family with 2.5G 7 & 10 Port Switches as well as 2.5G Octal-port Ethernet PHYs (Graphic: Business Wire)

“As the need for higher data rates and increased bandwidth intensifies, 2.5G technology emerges as a crucial solution, providing a balance between performance and cost-effectiveness,” said Vikas Choudhary, VP & GM of Ethernet/Storage Accelerators at MaxLinear. “Our new single-chip 2.5G Ethernet switches and PHYs are built on MaxLinear’s legacy of industry-leading power efficiency, a robust feature-set, and unmatched functional integration. Our solution allows equipment manufacturers maximum versatility, yielding smaller, more versatile design that use less energy while providing superior performance.”

Increased digital data traffic across existing Ethernet networks, fast-rising bandwidth demand, a growing data center industry, and increased cloud storage used by Internet of Things (IoT), machine learning, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) industries are driving the need for more efficient, flexible, and powerful Ethernet solutions. Adding to this pressure of escalating data demands is a more recent focus on energy efficiency, compact designs, versatility in deployments, and compliance with environmental standards for both industrial and consumer Ethernet applications. MaxLinear’s 2.5G Ethernet solutions address this challenge by offering a significant boost in data rates without the complexity and cost associated with migrating to cost-prohibitive 10G networks.

2.5G Ethernet Switch and PHY Features

MaxLinear’s new family of 2.5G switches and PHYs meets a critical need in the industry offering a compact single-chip solution, the industry’s lowest power consumption and wire-speed switching as well as a feature-rich design encompassing IGMPv3, MLPv1,2, LACP, PTP, SyncE, and MACsec.

This innovative product line introduces a range of key features designed to enhance networking capabilities. At its core are single-chip 2.5G switch solutions seamlessly integrated with PHYs, offering a streamlined and efficient solution for various networking scenarios. Noteworthy options include the availability of 10G SERDES uplink ports, providing additional flexibility for network configurations.

On the PHY front, the product showcases eight 2.5GBASE-T PHYs characterized by remarkably low power consumption, operating at just 600mW per port and a total of 4.8W for all eight PHYs. The product's energy efficiency is further emphasized by its ability to operate at 3.6W for 5 PHYs, demonstrating its commitment to sustainable and cost-effective networking solutions. Versatility is a defining feature, with support for unmanaged, web-smart, cloud-managed, and industrial switches, ensuring adaptability to a diverse range of networking needs.

"We are excited about MaxLinear's innovative 2.5G Ethernet solutions, which provide the high data rates we require while maintaining cost-effectiveness and energy efficiency,” said Andy Yang, GM of switch BU of Tenda. “The inclusion of advanced features like IGMPv3, LACP, HTTPS, ACL, and LLDP in a single-chip design simplifies our network deployments and enhances overall functionality."

"MaxLinear's new 2.5G Ethernet switches and PHYs offer a feature-rich and compact solution that aligns perfectly with our need for efficient and versatile networking equipment,” said Jack Hung, ODM GM of Edimax. “The industry-leading low power consumption combined with a robust feature set enables us to design smaller, energy-efficient devices without compromising on performance."

About MaxLinear, Inc.

MaxLinear, Inc. (Nasdaq: MXL) is a leading provider of radio frequency (RF), analog, digital, and mixed-signal integrated circuits for access and connectivity, wired and wireless infrastructure, and industrial and multimarket applications. MaxLinear is headquartered in Carlsbad, California. For more information, please visit

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Cautionary Note About Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking” statements within the meaning of federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements include, among others, statements concerning or implying future financial performance, anticipated product performance and functionality of our products or products incorporating our products, and industry trends and growth opportunities affecting MaxLinear, in particular statements relating to certain of MaxLinear’s Ethernet technologies and products, including with respect to the functionality, performance and the benefits of use of such technologies and products and the anticipated growth and factors affecting the demand for MaxLinear’s Ethernet technologies and products. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from any future results expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. We cannot predict whether or to what extent these new and existing products will affect our future revenues or financial performance. Forward-looking statements are based on management’s current, preliminary expectations and are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements may contain words such as “will be,” “will,” “expected,” “anticipate,” “continue,” or similar expressions and include the assumptions that underlie such statements. The following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements: risks relating to the development, testing, and commercial introduction of new products and product functionalities; risks relating to our terminated merger with Silicon Motion and related arbitration and class action complaint and the risks related to potential payment of damages; the effect of intense and increasing competition; impacts of global economic conditions; the cyclical nature of the semiconductor industry; a significant variance in our operating results and impact on volatility in our stock price, and our ability to sustain our current level of revenue, which has declined, and/or manage future growth effectively, and the impact of excess inventory in the channel on our customers’ expected demand for certain of our products; the geopolitical and economic tensions among the countries in which we conduct business; increased tariffs, export controls or imposition of other trade barriers; our ability to obtain or retain government authorization to export certain of our products or technology; risks related to the loss of, or a significant reduction in orders from major customers; costs of legal proceedings; information technology failures; a decrease in the average selling prices of our products; failure to penetrate new applications and markets; development delays and consolidation trends in our industry; inability to make substantial research and development investments; delays or expenses caused by undetected defects or bugs in our products; failure to timely develop and introduce new or enhanced products; order and shipment uncertainties; failure to accurately predict our future revenue and appropriately budget expenses; lengthy and expensive customer qualification processes; customer product plan cancellations; failure to maintain compliance with government regulations; failure to attract and retain qualified personnel; any adverse impact of rising interest rates on us, our customers, and our distributors and related demand; risks related to compliance with privacy, data protection and cybersecurity laws and regulations; risks related to conforming our products to industry standards; risks related to business acquisitions and investments; claims of intellectual property infringement; our ability to protect our intellectual property; risks related to security vulnerabilities of our products; use of open source software in our products; and failure to manage our relationships with, or negative impacts from, third parties. In addition to these risks and uncertainties, investors should review the risks and uncertainties contained in MaxLinear’s filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, including risks and uncertainties arising from other factors affecting the business, operating results, and financial condition of MaxLinear, including those set forth in MaxLinear’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and Current Reports on Form 8-K, as applicable. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. MaxLinear is providing this information as of the date of this release and does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this release as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.


MaxLinear, Inc. Press Contact:

Matthew Lea

Head of Public Relations

Tel: +1 760.415.2529

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