Integration of the Reference Design Kit (RDK), a software bundle created by Comcast for IP & hybrid set-top boxes, goes beyond borders. Indian tech firm Tata Elxsi launched its system integration program for the MSO’s RDK platform, seeking to help operators worldwide determine specific requirements, integration, application development, pre/post testing and deployment in an efficient and cost effective manner. “As an RDK licensee, Tata Elxsi is pleased and excited to be an active promoter of the RDK and provides a comprehensive set of services to SoC Vendors, OEMs and MSOs help adopt and implement RDK based devices and services,” said Manoj Raghavan, executive vice president, Tata Elxsi.
The Comcast RDK seeks to accelerate the development and deployment of next-generation video services. Comcast licenses the RDK to OEMs, system integrators, software vendors and MVPDs to boost innovation on multi-screen TV home entertainment services. The RDK offers a cloud-based platform for application development and requires neither platform specific implementation nor download. Thus it enables operators to easily deploy & upgrade applications in their network and ensure a consistent user experience in contrast to traditional middleware. As an open platform, the RDK is expected to facilitate easier implementation and faster turnaround.