Pace licenses RDK set-top design kit from Comcast

Orlando, Fla. -- Set-top box manufacturer Pace (LSE: PIC) announced at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2012 that it has licensed Comcast's (Nasdaq: CMCSA) Reference Development Kit (RDK) for designing next-generation gateway and set-top devices.

The licensing agreement with Pace comes not long after Comcast also licensed the RDK to Motorola Mobility, and marks further progress in its effort to get vendors such as original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), semiconductor manufacturers, software vendors, software integrators and multichannel video programming distributors to create an ecosystem for new gear for cloud-based and hyrbid video services like Comcast's X1 service.

Comcast said Pace was instrumental in developing the RDK by helping the service provider launch its XG1 multi-tuner video gateway in support of the X1 service. X1 rolled out in Atlanta and Boston a few months ago.

The RDK is a pre-integrated software bundle that creates a common framework for powering tru2way, IP or hybrid set-top boxes and video gateway devices similar to those used in the cloud-based X1 video programming service. Specifically, it includes the CableLabs "Reference Implementation" for OCAP and tru2way, Java Virtual Machine, a media management framework called GStreamer, a windowing framework called QT, and support for optional plugins such as Adobe (Nasdaq: ADBE) Flash and Smooth HD.

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- here's the Pace release

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