Entropic Powers Comcast Reference Design Kit for Xfinity IP-Client DevicesMonday, May 21st, 2012
Entropic’s Support for Comcast’s IP-RDK Accelerates IP-Client Set-Top Box Development
BOSTON — The Cable Show 2012 — Entropic Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq:ENTR), a world leader in semiconductor solutions for the connected home, announced today its silicon and software will be integrated with the Comcast® (NASDAQ: CMCSA, CMCSK) Reference Design Kit (RDK) to provide device manufacturers an opportunity to quickly develop and bring-to-market IP-Client set-top boxes.
The Comcast RDK provides a framework that enables device manufacturers to rapidly optimize and deploy new broadcast and IP-based solutions for a richer consumer TV experience. A pre-integrated software bundle that powers the IP-Client devices and set-top boxes, the Comcast IP-RDK, will combine Entropic’s single-core ARM® Cortex™-A9 (TSC184) and dual-core Cortex-A9 (TSC188) family of processors with its Multimedia over Coax (MoCA®) connectivity silicon and software to provide a range of cost-effective MoCA-enabled IP-Client devices that will run native and cloud-based applications.
“To drive the next wave of consumer TV interactivity, it’s important for us to be able to provide reference design kits that are robust, mature and technologically advanced. Entropic’s IP-STB solution provides an ideal platform for RDK for manufacturers wanting to develop IP-Client devices that connect to Comcast’s whole-home video gateway and advanced DVR platform, over the in-home network,” said Steve Reynolds, senior vice president of Premise Technology for Comcast. “IP-Client devices will enhance consumers’ TV engagement experiences, giving them new capabilities to enjoy TV programming and search and discover content, connect to cloud and web-based information, and manage their account.”
“We are seeing monumental changes in the cable industry today. The transition from QAM- to IP-based systems with increased in-home connectivity will revolutionize the TV viewing experience,” said Mark Samuel, senior vice president, Set-top Box Group, Entropic Communications. “As a leading silicon vendor for Comcast’s IP-Client RDK, we are preparing ‘cable-ready’ silicon that allows developers and OEMs to rapidly bring-to-market new IP-Client boxes capable of seamlessly connecting to a cloud-based DVR server or an advanced gateway in the home – all over MoCA, the fastest in-home backbone connectivity network.”