Pace opens home gateway with Comcast reference design

Editor | 08-01-2013

As it begins its fight back from the supply issues that have dogged it for over a year, Pace has unveiled a range of home gateways and IP client set-top boxes to tap into the growing advanced video markets.
Looking to bounce back from a period during which its most senior executives left the company and it failed to fulfil contracts, most recently with BT on its YouView service, Pace is looking to capitalise in a broadcasting arena where it says content and services can now be delivered to any device for a 'whatever/whenever/wherever' multiscreen and multi-device rich media experience.
In developing its new Media Server Gateway and STB, the global developer of broadcast technologies and services has partnered with semiconductor firm Broadcom and is using the XG5 product specification and Reference Design Kit (RDK) software developed by leading US cable MSO Comcast.
The Gateway is claimed to provide 'best in class' downstream bonded DOCSIS 3.0 data speeds with wireless and wired networking over 802.11ac and MoCA 2.0. It will also support two wired ports for HD Voice and DECT 6.0/Cat IQ 2.0 cordless handsets. Content security options include CableCARD, multiple DRMs and downloadable software-based conditional access systems.
"We congratulate Pace and Broadcom on the introduction of their technology for use in their new Media Server Gateway," said Steve Reynolds, senior vice president, premises technology for Comcast Cable. "Their work on the XG5 Gateway and support of the RDK platform are a key step in delivering continued subscriber satisfaction in today's environment of rapid technology innovation."
Also working to the Comcast RDK is the new Pace IP STB client device which is attributed with 'industry leading' graphics, memory and processing power enabled by Broadcom's BCM7428 IP set-top box system-on-a-chip (SoC) client solution. The new Pace client device leverages DLNA and MoCA 2.0 home networking technologies to deliver content and services to any television in the home, and aligns with Comcast's gateway and client reference architecture. The hardware design and functionality also has optional wireless connectivity.