CES: Comcast To Speed Up Tru2way Set-Tops With Myriad's Java Software


Comcast is adding more oomph to its tru2way set-top software platform for Xfinity TV, announcing plans to use Java-based software from Switzerland's Myriad Group AG in its next-generation tru2way, IP and hybrid set-tops and other devices.

Under the deal, Myriad will integrate its CDCA Java Virtual Machine into the Comcast Device Software Reference Design Kit. That, according to the companies, will deliver a consistent operating environment and improved application performance, as well as speed up the time for manufacturers to deliver.

Comcast's Device Software Reference Design Kit (RDK) includes the CableLabs OpenCable Application Platform (OCAP) reference implementation software, along with other open-source components. The MSO officially announced its strategy move to tru2way-based set-tops in mid-2010, picking NDS as the systems integrator on the project.

"Myriad's Java Virtual Machine will provide a key element in our device software RDK, providing a consistent and high-performance virtual machine to power this platform," Comcast senior vice president of customer premises equipment Steve Reynolds said in a statement. "We are confident that this JVM will provide the performance and speed necessary to deliver the latest innovative services and applications we're bringing our customers."

Myriad, based in Zurich, Switzerland, says its software is used by more than 2.5 billion mobile subscribers worldwide. Myriad's Java solutions are designed to power applications on mobile handsets, set-tops, Blu-Ray Disc players, tablets, home gateways and other devices.

"As leaders in our respective markets, we believe this will be a great collaboration," Myriad CEO Simon Wilkinson commented. "This new opportunity further expands our OCAP set-top market share and demonstrates Myriad's leadership and commitment to the North American cable TV service provider market."