Itaas has signed a license agreement for Comcast’s Reference Development Kit (RDK), which is a pre-integrated software bundle that powers tru2way, IP or hybrid set-top boxes, along with other open source components.
This agreement will enable itaas to provide software development, integration and testing services to set-top box and chip manufacturers, as well as MSOs that are planning to take advantage of the RDK initiative.
“Our goal is to make the RDK available to companies such as itaas in order to accelerate development of an advanced software solution throughout the industry,” said Steve Reynolds, senior vice president of CPE and home networking at Comcast. “Support from itaas and others is helping to pave the way for broader industry adoption and deployment of this platform that enables developers, operators and device vendors to create rich, multi-screen TV home entertainment experiences and bring them to consumers faster.”
The Comcast RDK initiative will provide a streamlined approach to the development and deployment of advanced set-top, gateway and system-on-a-chip (SoC) platforms. Itaas said it would offer services and engineering teams to expedite development and time to market.
“Itaas has always focused on accelerating advanced services to consumers,” said Vibha Rustagi, CEO and president of itaas. “In licensing RDK, we will leverage our depth and breadth of experience with industry-leading chipsets and middleware platforms, making us an ideal partner for providers looking to deploy RDK-based solutions or vendors porting RDK to their hardware.”
Comcast and itaas previously teamed up on an EBIF-based user agent for use in the MSO’s Cisco and Motorola boxes.