What is RDK-B?
The RDK (Reference Design Kit) is an open source software platform for the connected home that standardizes core functions used in broadband devices, set-top boxes, and IoT solutions. For broadband gateways, RDK provides a common technical method, across chipset suppliers and OEMs, to manage home-networking interfaces, device management, diagnostics, and IoT interfaces, such as Bluetooth, Thread and Zigbee.
Technicolor Connected Home is a founding contributor to RDK
Technicolor has been providing RDK solutions across QAM, IP and Hybrid devices since 2012. In 2014, Technicolor created the software architecture that enabled RDK to expand its applicability to broadband devices, meeting the demand of operators worldwide for greater technical commonality among suppliers. Today, the RDK community comprises more than 350 companies worldwide, including CPE manufacturers, SoC vendors, software developers, system integrators, and service providers. In total, more than 25 video and service providers across North America, Europe, Latin America, and Asia are members of the RDK community in various stages of evaluation, testing, trials or deployment.
Technicolor embeds RDK-B in a wide range of devices
Network service providers understand that effective strategies for ultra-broadband and gigabit services hinge not just on technical performance, but on the quality of the end user experience. This is where standards and interoperable technologies play an important role. RDK-B standardizes functionalities for broadband devices, enabling cable operators to efficiently deploy different services to a large customer base by making it possible to more easily manage different functions – including Wi-Fi and Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) and Internet of Things (IoT) controllers.
Today, all of Technicolor’s DOCSIS gateways with Wi-Fi capabilities ship with RDK-B as the default software stack. Service providers automatically gain the technical benefits of RDK-B and can then focus their efforts on the new services that drive their businesses.