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40 Million Set-Tops, Gateways Running RDK Software

RDK Management LLC, a joint venture of Comcast, Liberty Global and Charter Communications, said more than 40 million devices – including set-tops and broadband gateways – are now running Reference Design Kit software.

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That total is up by more than 62% from this time last year, RDK Management said in numbers that were released in tandem with this week’s Connected TV World Summit in London.

RDK Management also announced that its community members have surpassed 350 companies, up 17% from 2017. Those members include chipmakers, set-top makers, software companies as well as service operators that include Cox Communications, Shaw Communications, Rogers Communications, Videotron,  NOS, NOWO, J:COM, Melita, The Quickline Group, Vodafone (formerly Kabel Deutschland), and Tele Columbus, among others.

RDK has historically focused on video set-tops (RDK-V) and broadband gateways (RDK-B), but has also added core interfaces used in smart home and IoT devices, including Bluetooth, Thread and Zigbee, and is developing open source software for chips that run on a range of new devices, including home video cameras and WiFi extenders.

“With more than 40 million RDK-based set-top boxes and broadband gateways deployed globally, it’s clear that service providers, and their suppliers, have found a prime open source software development platform upon which to drive future growth and innovation,” Steve Heeb, president and GM of RDK Management, said in a statement.