Comcast licences next-gen STB kit to Pace

Michelle Clancy | 18-10-2012

Comcast is licencing its Reference Development Kit (RDK) to set-top box (STB) specialist Pace. The RDK, which provides a common framework for powering tru2way, IP or hybrid set-top boxes and video gateway devices, which will let Pace accelerate its set-top box and gateway development cycle for next-gen functionalities.

Pace already has been instrumental in the development of the RDK by helping Comcast launch its first RDK-based product the XG1 multi-tuner video gateway, which is part of the cableco's X1, cloud-based service, which is in trials.

"We value Pace's participation in this cooperative endeavour as a trusted partner that delivers advanced products quickly and efficiently in support of today's rapidly changing environment," said Steve Reynolds, senior vice president of customer premise equipment for Comcast Cable.

Comcast licenses the RDK to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), semiconductor manufacturers, software vendors, software integrators and multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) to create a community of focused on bringing rich, multi-screen TV home entertainment experiences to consumers faster.

"Pace's product development teams consistently create game changing products for the cable industry," said Pace America's senior vice president of engineering, Bruce Gureck. "The RDK is a critical tool in our continuing commitment to software platform flexibility and industry leading wideband connectivity for next generation services."