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Motorola Still Tight With Comcast

Motorola Mobility LLC is the latest major vendor to license Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK)'s Reference Design Kit (RDK), a pre-integrated software bundle for the MSO's next generation of IP-only and hybrid QAM/IP set-tops and video gateways.

One aim of the RDK, which includes the CableLabs reference implementation of tru2way middleware and the QT application framework, is to accelerate the traditionally slow set-top box development cycle and help Comcast (and other MSOs that adopt it) to tack on new features and applications rapidly. The RDK, for example, factors into the X1, a next-gen video platform from Comcast that features IP applications and a cloud-based navigation system. (See Comcast's Cloud TV Service Rolls Into Atlanta and Comcast Sizes Up All-IP Set-Top .)

Examples of RDK licensees include Broadcom Corp. (Nasdaq: BRCM), Entropic Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: ENTR), Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC), itaas Inc. and Silicon Software & Systems Ltd. (S3) .

Why this matters
Despite questions about the fate of Motorola's cable business following the Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) acquisition, Motorola remains a key supplier to Comcast, so it's important that it stays closely involved with the MSO's big video programs.

Plus, if you're an incumbent vendor or a new one on the scene that wants any sort of shot of being involved in Comcast's future set-top and video gateway plans, licensing the RDK should be priority No. 1. And, the same will likely be true as other major cable operators get behind the RDK.

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— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

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