ARRIS, Comcast to integrate next RDK version into STBs

Michelle Clancy | 25 September 2014
ARRIS Group is partnering with Comcast to integrate a new version of the open source Reference Design Kit software stack as the underlying foundation for its broadband modems.

The technology firm plans to conduct field trials with Comcast of the new ARRIS Touchstone TG1682 DOCSIS 3.0 Voice Gateways with the new software incorporated in the fourth quarter; general availability is expected in the first quarter of next year.

"Broadband is the gateway to all the new in-home IP entertainment and communications experiences that consumers want," said Larry Robinson, president of customer premises equipment at ARRIS. "Because ARRIS is a DOCSIS leader, it is optimally positioned to most quickly introduce advanced broadband devices based on this new class of underlying software. And, as a valued, long-standing partner to Comcast's X1 experience, we're committed to ensuring our collaboration continually enhances the consumer's content and entertainment experiences."

The RDK is a pre-integrated software bundle that provides a common framework for powering customer-premises equipment (CPE) from TV service providers, including set-top boxes, gateways and converged devices. The RDK was created to accelerate the deployment of next-gen video products and services. It enables TV service providers to standardize certain elements of these devices, but also to easily customize the applications and user experiences that ride on top.

"This new broadband software development for modems and routers is based on open source code, and plays into the philosophy of the RDK to provide operators with more transparency to the code that runs their video and broadband devices," added Steve Heeb, president and general manager of RDK Management, LLC. "The RDK was designed to accommodate multiple devices, and we expect ARRIS's efforts will strategically benefit the RDK community as we develop a plan to bring this new software into the RDK program."