Home networking continues to evolve, due in large part to streaming video, the upcoming revolution of the Internet of Things, and the proliferation of Internet-connected devices. In response, the industry is pushing forward with a new software initiative called RDK-B (Reference Design Kit for Broadband). Originally started by Comcast, RDK-B gives vendors a stake in the ground around which they can create new set-top hardware.

 

RDK-B has the potential to revolutionize the market, especially as IP services expand. Its goals are twofold: first, create a standardized IP endpoint; and second, create a platform through which companies can develop code. Arriving in tandem with DOCSIS 3.1 (an upgrade that will force operators to change their CPE), RDK-B’s timing appears to be fortuitous. More information about RDK-B may be forthcoming at October’s SCTE Cable-Tec Expo.

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