ViXS, Intel Make RDK Connection

ViXS and Intel have created a chip mix resulting in a new “product-ready” platform that supports the Reference Design Kit (RDK), the pre-integrated software stack for IP-only and hybrid QAM/IP gateways and set-tops being managed by Comcast and Time Warner Cable.

The new RDK-based silicon platform matches Intel’s Puma 6 MG DOCSIS 3.0 media gateway chipset, which can bond enough channels to support downstream speeds up to 1 Gbps, with ViXS’s XCode 5106 multi-stream HD transcoder.

They will show off pairing at next week’s International CES event (booth MP25953 in the South Hall), demonstrating transcoding and media streaming to mobile and tablet devices, including Ultrabooks and all-in-one PCs.

The demo is the result of a partnership announced almost a year ago, when ViXS and Intel announced plans to develop a reference design that would match the Puma 6 with VIXS’s transcoding and MoCA 2.0 chips.

"The combination of Intel's Puma 6 MG DOCSIS 3.0 chipset and ViXS' XCode sets a new standard for cable media gateway devices. Cable MSOs now have a high-performance, cost-effective solution for getting IP video to consumers,” said ViXS president Sally Daub, in a statement.

"The powerful combination of Puma 6 and XCode enables transcoding in an RDK environment,” added Ran Senderovitz, general manager of Intel’s service provider division.  The ultimate winners are consumers who have more entertainment choices with powerful services that are easy to use."