Comcast to test Arris modems with RDK software stacks in Q4

DENVER--Originally developed by a consortium of top cable operators just for set-top boxes, the Reference Design Kit (RDK) is now moving into the broadband realm.

Arris has announced that it is working with Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) to integrate the open-source software stack into cable modems. The technology company said it will conduct field trials with Comcast of the new Arris Touchstone TG1682 DOCSIS 3.0 voice gateway, integrated with RDK technology, in the fourth quarter, with the aim of general availability in the first quarter.

RDK was originally designed to provide a standard technological platform for the development of cable set-tops. The standard is now embraced by a global constituency of cable operators, chipmakers and various other technologies.  

"Arris is a key strategic technology partner whose innovations enable the digital experiences that millions of our subscribers enjoy," said Ken Klaer, senior VP, premises technology, Comcast Cable, in a statement. "Extending our collaboration means Comcast can continually provide the latest broadband features and functionality that are in such high demand, while innovating under the hood."

"Broadband is the gateway to all the new in-home IP entertainment and communications experiences that consumers want," said Larry Robinson, president, customer premises equipment, 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." 

For more:
- read this Arris press release

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