Light Reading
The Broadcom-powered RNG150N will access recorded content from the primary X1 box and support Comcast's new cloud-based user interface

Comcast's X1 Gets a Multi-Room Partner

Jeff Baumgartner
LR Cable News Analysis
Jeff Baumgartner
1/6/2013
50%
50%

Broadcom Corp. has shed more light on the RNG150N, a client box that will serve as the multi-room partner for the initial version of the X1, a hybrid QAM/IP gateway that Comcast Corp. has already launched in five markets.

Like the X1, which is made by Pace plc, the RNG150N uses the Comcast Reference Design Kit (RDK), a pre-integrated software bundle for hybrid and IP-only video devices that's intended to help the MSO accelerate the product development cycle to a year or less. The RNG150, which is already shipping, is the first hybrid client device to use the RDK. (See Comcast's Set-Top Accelerator Gaines Traction.)

Broadcom says the RNG150N is powered by its BCM7125 system-on-chip (SoC), which includes a Docsis cable modem, MPEG-4 HD decoder, 1GHz tuner and Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) 1.1 capabilities. The first version of the Pace X1 gateway, with which the RNG150N would be paired, runs silicon from Intel Corp., but future versions of that primary gateway are expected to use Broadcom chips as well.

In addition to serving as the client device in multi-room DVR setups, the RNG150N also supports Comcast's new cloud-based user interface, search functions and apps that grace the X1 DVR/server. As first revealed by Light Reading Cable in November 2010, Comcast's RNG boxes can be "flipped" to become IP-capable set-tops. (See Comcast 'RNG' Set-Tops Have IPTV Potential.)

Broadcom didn't identify the maker(s) of the RNG150N, but Pace has a version called the Denali. Info about versions made by Cisco Systems Inc. and Motorola Mobility LLC is posted here and here.

Why this matters
The RNG150N will bring key multi-room DVR capabilities to the X1, a next next-gen video platform that Comcast is currently using to obtain new triple-play customers in markets such as California, Atlanta, Boston and Chattanooga, Tenn. The client-server setup also reduces capital expenditures, because it doesn't require Comcast to deploy pricey set-tops with on-board storage with every TV in a subscriber's home.

The X1-RNG150N combo also appears to be a precursor to a more advanced system in the works at Comcast that will feature gateways that can be paired with the Xi3, a lower-cost, IP-only HD client box that doesn't require a separate (and expensive) CableCARD slot and module. Pace and Humax Co. Ltd. are among the early known developers of the Xi3. Comcast has not commented on its deployment plans for the IP-only box.

For more



— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

(1)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Jeff Baumgartner
50%
50%
Jeff Baumgartner,
User Rank: Light Beer
1/7/2013 | 3:15:18 PM
re: Comcast's X1 Gets a Multi-Room Partner

Comcast sent along some additional details about the RNG150N

- it's available in all markets where the X1 service is now launched.
- The RNG150N is the only box that Comcast's deploying as a client to the XG1, which is the multi-tuner DVR made by Pace (X1 refers to the UI).
- The XG1 DVR and the RNG150N run the same version of the RDK (1.1)
- Pace is the maker of the RNG150N that Comcast is currently deploying.-áHowever, Comcast's other announced suppliers of the RNG150N are Samsung, Motorola and Cisco, but the MSO hasn't announced launch plans for the devices made by these other manufacturers.

JB




Flash Poll
From The Founder
It's clear to me that the communications industry is divided into two types of people, and only one is living in the real world.
LRTV Interviews
The New Wave of IP + Optical Integration

11|21|14   |   04:29   |   (7) comments


At the Alcatel-Lucent Technology Symposium, Heavy Reading senior analyst Sterling Perrin talks about how SDN has reshaped the discussion around packet and optical integration.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei Highlights at BBWF 2014

11|20|14   |   3:40   |   (1) comment


Broadband World Forum is one of the world's largest telecoms, media and technology events with over 7,800 senior executives from across the globe converging on Amsterdam every year to identify the Next Big Thing. BBWF is an exciting place to meet the entire industry under one roof and identify the latest in network innovation, service optimization and customer ...
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
How Will BCMS Stimulate Margin for Broadband Operators?

11|19|14   |   6:52   |   (0) comments


In BBWF 2014, Liu Shuqing emphasizes the value of FMC 2.0 based full service experience by throwing light on the BCMS solution. The underlying principle of this innovative technique is to create network robustness and driving network from connection oriented to ACE – BAND oriented infrastructure, in which applications, cloud, and user experiences will be an asset ...
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
SingleFAN3.0: Better Connected Experience

11|19|14   |   3:06   |   (1) comment


At the BBWF 2014, David Hu, the VP of Huawei Access Network Product Line, talked about the future of access networks – SingleFAN3.0: faster broadband, wider coverage, and smarter connection.
LRTV Interviews
Basil Alwan Interview: The Road to Cloud

11|19|14   |   09:09   |   (0) comments


Alcatel-Lucent's head of IP and Transport talks about the migration towards a web-like networking environment, the impact of the cloud, SDN and NFV, and the yet-to-be-announced FP4 chip.
LRTV Documentaries
FairPoint Makes a Fair Point About Analytics

11|19|14   |   1:56   |   (1) comment


The US-based communication service provider gets to grips with advanced analytics, tackling data and breaking down the silos within its own business.
LRTV Documentaries
Analytics Lets C Spire Get to Know Subs

11|19|14   |   3:01   |   (2) comments


It's all about the data for US operator C Spire as it uses analytics to personalize its customer service down to individual subscribers.
LRTV Interviews
Nuage Branches Out With SDN: CEO Interview

11|17|14   |   9:32   |   (0) comments


Sunil Khandekar, CEO of Alcatel-Lucent's SDN-focused unit Nuage Networks, talks about the opportunities and challenges of breaking out of the data center into wide-area networks.
Light Reedy
Telecom Analytics Grows Up

11|14|14   |   1:15   |   (4) comments


The big data analytics debate has moved on from a year ago, with some experts suggesting it's no longer a technology challenge.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei Compass

11|14|14   |   3:17   |   (1) comment


At OpenStack Summit 2014, Shuo Yang, Huawei Principal Cloud Infrastructure Architect introduced Huawei Compass, the software tool for solving customers' problems on the journey of OpenStack Cloud.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei's Cloud Strategy in European Region

11|14|14   |   2:56   |   (1) comment


At OpenStack Summit 2014, Dr. Gotz, CTO of Huawei IT in European Region introduced Huawei's cloud strategy in European region.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei's Contribution on OpenStack

11|14|14   |   5:58   |   (0) comments


At OpenStack Summit 2014, Dennis Gu, Huawei Chief Architect of Cloud Computing introduced the relationship between OpenStack and cloud computing, and Huawei's contribution on OpenStack.
Upcoming Live Events
December 2, 2014, New York City
December 3, 2014, New York City
December 8-10, 2014, Reykjavik, Iceland
February 12, 2015, Atlanta, GA
April 14, 2015, New York City, NY
May 6, 2015, McCormick Convention Center, Chicago, IL
May 13-14, 2015, The Westin Peachtree, Atlanta, GA
June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
Infographics
Irish Telecom outlines the rise of VoIP technology, including its adoption within businesses and their perception of its quality.
Hot Topics
Bell Labs Chief Slams 'Toy' Networks
Robert Clark, 11/19/2014
$38.3M: Ain't That a Kik in the SMS
Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 11/20/2014
Do You Have a 2020 Vision?
Dennis Mendyk, Vice President of Research, Heavy Reading, 11/21/2014
Google, AT&T, BT Unite on Network Data Models
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 11/20/2014
The New Wave of IP + Optical Integration
Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-chief, 11/21/2014
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed