RDK Management and Broadcom have 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.
Historically, each CPE manufacturer uses slightly modified SoC-layer software to support RDK-based devices, even when using the same Broadcom SoC and the same version of RDK software. The new approach announced today will allow for a more efficient process to keep Broadcom SoC SDK versions in sync with RDK versions.
RDK Management will work with its strategic partners and Broadcom to coordinate RDK-based code changes to Broadcom SDK porting layer versions. RDK Management and Broadcom will then synchronise the release of new RDK versions with the new Broadcom SDK porting layer versions that Broadcom makes available to its licensees. This new effort will optimise and streamline service providers’ efforts to develop and deploy software used on Broadcom-powered devices, the companies say.
“We believe that optimising the RDK-SoC SDK porting layer will enable CPE manufacturers and service providers to deploy and iterate even faster,” declares Rich Nelson, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Set Top Box and Cable Modem Division at Broadcom.
The companies will initially focus on Broadcom set-top box SoC’s and RDK-V (video) software, but expect to include broadband gateway SoCs and the RDK-B (broadband) software in future.