RDK, Broadcom strategic initiative

At the 2018 RDK Americas Summit, RDK Management and Broadcom entered into a strategic development agreement to closely integrate chipset-level software development kits (SDKs) from Broadcom with RDK’s open source software. This new effort will provide a common software porting layer to simplify and standardise RDK deployments across CPE suppliers used by video and broadband service providers worldwide.

The companies noted that, historically, each CPE manufacturer uses slightly modified SoC-layer software to support RDK-based devices, even when using the same Broadcom SoC and same version of RDK software. The new approach will allow for a more efficient process to keep Broadcom SoC SDK versions in sync with RDK versions.

“Broadcom has been a pioneering and leading contributor within the RDK community for years,” said Steve Heeb, President and General Manager of RDK. “This new collaboration further strengthens our collective ability to meet the needs of service providers around the globe. By simplifying and streamlining the underlying software, services providers and their CPE suppliers can focus more of their attention on enhancing customer experiences that drive business results.”

“Broadcom is always looking for ways to enhance efficiency and better serve our customers, and this new effort with RDK Management LLC aims to do just that,” said Rich Nelson, senior vice president and general manager, Set Top Box and Cable Modem Division at Broadcom. “We believe that optimising the RDK-SoC SDK porting layer will enable CPE manufactures and service providers to deploy and iterate even faster. Broadcom has supported the RDK since its inception, having shipped millions of RDK-powered chipsets used by leading Video and Broadband services providers, and we look forward to its continued adoption across the globe.”

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