RDK — Our Take On It

Posted On: 12th December 2014

Zenterio recently announced that we have joined the RDK community. Read our take on RDK and what it will mean for our industry below.

Strengthening Zenterio OS

We believe RDK is an interesting initiative that strengthens Zenterio’s offering and further enables operators to get a solution that fits their specific needs. For a company that has little history in working with internal development of software for digital TV industry, RDK code base is a good starting point.

 

Benefits for our customers

For someone like Zenterio with over 10 years of experience of software development, and a product that is deployed on a global scale and in millions of units the value is found within specific parts of the RDK as a distribution. One example is to how we in-corporate Zenterio OS BAL (Box Abstraction Layer) to also accept BSP ports. It is a perfect example of how we can get further standardization and re-usability in the industry at the same time we make sure to leverage already existing implementations. Another example we are looking into is how the test suite from RDK could be used in our product as an add-on to our existing Kazam test frame work.”

 

Standardized set of software rather than software standard

Steve Heeb, President and general manager of RDK Management recently stated “RDK is a “standardized” set of software rather than a software “standard” that provides a baseline for SoC vendors to work to. The framework is also designed to be flexible in the sense that operators can take components that are relevant for them”.

This aligns very much with Zenterio’s own view on RDK. When Zenterio delivers RDK to an operator, the operator gets leverage from Zenterio’s mature and proven product and at the same time gets the benefits from RDKs contribution to the industry.

Zenterio OS today runs on five industry leading chipset platforms, supports more or less all broadcast and CA technologies and has been under extensive testing under standards such as example Nordig and Dbook. When Zenterio do evaluation (or re-evaluation) of what components or code to use for future or present functions, the selection is based on the same parameters that everybody else uses; Performance, time to market and cost of development including maintenance.

To summarize — we believe RDK adds a really interesting source of components that complements Zenterio OS. With Zenterio OS and RDK, operators can get the best of both worlds.

Mats Lindoff, CTO, Zenterio

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