Advanced Digital Broadcast (ADB) today announced that it has shipped its 50 millionth device. With each broadband gateway featuring 30 million lines of code and the new Wideband set-top box 100 million lines, ADB’s software engineers’ code would now stretch to the edge of our solar system.
This milestone is the culmination of thousands of man-years of research and development at ADB’s facilities in Poland, Italy, Ukraine and Taiwan since the company’s launch in 1995. Hundreds of developers at these locations write millions of lines of software each year including user interfaces, smart home and user applications and the software to run broadband gateways and set-top boxes.
Every year, 55 million TV viewers consume 80 billion hours of TV using ADB technology and 62 million individuals spend 45 billion hours online using ADB’s broadband technology. In total, operators across the world rely on ADB technology to manage 115 exabytes of data traffic each year. One exabyte is 1018 bytes and holds a hundred thousand times all the printed material in the Library of Congress.
“We have reached an important milestone in the transition of the company from a traditional hardware focus to one where software and services are key,” says Peter Balchin, CEO at ADB. “This is the cornerstone of our connected homes, connected lives vision where multimedia content and services come from multiple sources and need to seamlessly move between multiple screens and devices, wherever the user happens to be.”