Advanced Television – September 16, 2019
CommScope has showcassd two next-generation additions to its RDK Video Accelerator portfolio at IBC: a Smart Media Device (SMD) platform 7852 featuring Wi-Fi 6 connectivity, as well as an IP Client VIP7802 with Wi-Fi 6. Both devices include AOMedia Video 1 (AV1) and high dynamic range (HDR) capabilities.
Each of the advanced device platforms support RDK for video development, enabling service providers to accelerate time-to-market with new 4K video experiences, customised user experiences, and web-based applications. The RDK open-source platform standardises core functions to give service providers customisability and control over device experiences in the home.
The new platforms are part of CommScope RDK Video Accelerator, jointly developed by CommScope and RDK Management. The accelerator’s growing portfolio offers a range of devices that come pre-installed with the latest version of RDK open source software, the Metrological App Store, and tools to customize services. CommScope RDK Video Accelerator is commercially available for service providers to shorten development and go to market sooner.
The addition of the new Wi-Fi 6 SMD and IP Client platforms to the RDK Video Accelerator portfolio represent a step forward for connected home entertainment. The SMD platform combines the functionality of the primary devices in the connected home—set-top, speaker, smart assistant, far-field voice command technology and remote control—into a single piece of hardware, presenting service providers with an exciting new framework for personalised and aggregated services in entertainment, e-health, education, utilities, productivity, and more.
“Our new SMD and IP client platforms redefine the entertainment experiences that service providers can deliver to the home,” said Joe Chow, senior vice president and segment leader, Customer Premises Equipment at CommScope. “Our customers already recognise the high efficiency and customisability that CommScope’s RDK Video Accelerator offers. And now, these two new platforms provide a foundation of next-generation technology to reflect CommScope vision for tomorrow’s Smart Media Device connected home experiences, applications, and services.”
“CommScope’s continual innovations and contributions with RDK demonstrate why they are such a valued member of our community,” said Steve Heeb, president and general manager of RDK. “Thanks to CommScope, operators now have an expanded portfolio of RDK Video Accelerator solutions, with a range of capabilities, to meet various market demands around the globe.”
RDK Management is an open source consortium that manages the Reference Design Kit (RDK). RDK is an open source software platform for the connected home that standardizes core functions used in broadband devices, set-top boxes, and IoT. It enables operators to manage their devices; control their business models; and customize their apps, UIs and data analytics to improve the customer experience and drive business results. The RDK community is comprised of more than 400 companies including: CPE manufacturers, SoC vendors, software developers, system integrators, and service providers. For more information on the tools, training, and events provided by RDK Management, please visit: www.rdkcentral.com.
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