U.K.-based set-top maker Pace said its “Elements” middleware platform is now fully compliant with the Reference Design Kit (RDK), the preintegrated software stack for IP-capable gateways and set-tops that’s being managed by Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Liberty Global.
Pace also shed some light on the number of RDK-facing boxes Comcast has deployed for its X1 platform. The vendor said it has shipped more than 3 million RDK-complaint devices in the U.S., and is working with additional partners and operators on the trialing and testing of RDK devices in the Americas and other parts of the globe. Comcast has also begun to source RDK devices from Arris.
Looking ahead, Pace said it will expand RDK products into DVB-based cable markets in partnership with other “major MSOs,” including Liberty Global.
RDK Management, the J.V. managing the RDK, is working on a 2.0 version of the platform that will strip out U.S.-centric technology requirements (such as the Open Cable Application Platform) and aim to conform with cable systems that use the Digital Video Broadcasting standard, which is popular in regions such as Europe. In February, industry sources said RDK 2.0 was in the final release stage.
Separately, Pace said it has expanded its relationship with the RDK Management joint venture by singing up to the RDK Advanced Support Program (access to tools, testing platforms and training) and Media Sponsorship Program, which provides “enhanced communications” between the vendor, RDK Management and other RDK stakeholders.