Motorola licenses Comcast’s STB software design kit

US firm Motorola Mobility has licensed a Reference Design Kit (RDK) for set-top box software from US cableco Comcast as it seeks to speed its own development of set-top boxes and add new cloud-based features.

The RDK is a pre-integrated software bundle that creates a common framework for powering tru2way, IP or hybrid set-top boxes and video gateway devices.

It allows the deployment of cloud-based features such as video-on-demand, along with improved Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) experiences with richer graphics and better search functions.

Open-source components of the RDK include: GStreamer, a media management framework; QT, a windowing framework that allows cable operators to do multiple applications within the same runtime environment; and WebKit, all of which are execution environments that can be tailored to each MSO. There are also optional plug-ins, such as Adobe Flash and Smooth HD.

Search giant Google, which completed its purchase of Motorola Mobility last May for US$ 12.5bn, revealed in a recent regulator filing that it plans to cut Motorola’s workforce by 20% (around 4,000 people) and close a third of its 94 offices worldwide, as it seeks to regroup and tighten the company’s focus on selling high-end phones in the US.

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