Entropic Announces Availability of Its Open RDK Platform Leveraging OpenEmbedded Technology and the Yocto Project Development Environment
February 10, 2014 --
SAN DIEGO, Feb. 10, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Entropic (Nasdaq:ENTR), a world leader in semiconductor solutions for the connected home, today announced the availability of its Open RDK System-on-a-Chip (SoC) platform leveraging the OpenEmbedded core technology and the Yocto Project™ development environment. By using Entropic's platform, operators implementing RDK (Reference Design Kit), an integrated, open software bundle for set-top devices, can minimize software diversity in their set-top boxes, which saves significant time and resources on application development by increasing the reuse of software. Entropic will demonstrate its Open RDK platform this week at RDK User's Conference, which is being held on February 11, in Denver.
Entropic's Open RDK platform is the first RDK-driven SoC solution leveraging the OpenEmbedded core technology which provides build recipes for open source components together with the Yocto Project build environment. Together, OpenEmbedded and the Yocto Project standardize both the components of the Embedded Linux distribution and the build environment, which includes the tools, libraries and configurations required to build open Linux-based set-top devices. In doing so, Entropic can ensure RDK implementations are fully-accessible across device types and that operators/OEMs have access to thousands of open-source components that target that same build-flow and use the same standardized tools.
Entropic's Open RDK platform is comprised of its ARM®-based SoCs and Software Development Kit (SDK). The Company has worked with industry leaders across both the RDK and ARM ecosystems to enable the delivery of the version 1.5 branch of OpenEmbedded, Dora, and the Yocto Project development environment for the Entropic set-top box SoC family of products. Through use of the OpenEmbedded technology and Yocto Project build environment, Entropic's Open RDK SoC maximizes the commonality of the code used on different set-top devices, making it architecture agnostic.
Entropic also worked with a leading Pay-TV operator and Linaro, a not-for-profit engineering organization consolidating and optimizing open source Linux software and tools for the ARM architecture, and demonstrated its SDK and Open RDK platform using OpenEmbedded recipes and the Yocto Project build environment in October 2013.
"Entropic's platform takes advantage of the Yocto Project environment and significant Linaro optimizations to enable seamless support of open source components and software development across different hardware configurations," said Mark Gregotski, engineering director of the Linaro Digital Home Group (LHG). "We look forward to opportunities for LHG to continue collaborating with Entropic and other companies to expand the RDK opportunity to operators, OEMs and the developer community."
"This is the first time in the history of set-top box middleware solutions where standard open-source components and processes are used to minimize the software diversity for application developers," said Roger Gregory, vice president, Marketing, Entropic. "Our RDK-focused SoC solution is fully open, leading to full software stack portability across different hardware configurations from low-cost set-top boxes, hybrid set-top boxes and DVRs to IP-Client and gateway products."
Leveraging one SDK across its SoC product offerings, Entropic's Open RDK platform is available to its full range of SoC products. Its RDK kernel distribution and build environment is available in February 2014.
The Reference Design Kit (RDK) is a pre-integrated software bundle developed and licensed to create a common framework for powering IP or hybrid Set-Top Boxes and gateway devices for CE manufacturers, SoC vendors, software developers, system integrators and TV service providers. The RDK was developed to accelerate the deployment of next-generation video services and prevent software fragmentation by providing speed-to-market, collaboration and standardization. Supported by more than 120 licensees, RDK Management, LLC was formed as a joint venture between Comcast Cable and Time Warner Cable to administer the RDK. More information is available at http://www.rdkcentral.com
Entropic™ (Nasdaq:ENTR) is a world leader in semiconductor solutions for the connected home. The Company transforms how traditional HDTV broadcast and IP-based streaming video content is seamlessly, reliably, and securely delivered, processed, and distributed into and throughout the home. Entropic's next-generation Set-top Box (STB) System-on-a-Chip (SoC) and Connectivity solutions enable Pay-TV operators to offer consumers more captivating whole-home entertainment experiences by transforming the way digital entertainment is delivered, connected and consumed – in the home and on the go. For more information, please visit Entropic at: www.entropic.com, read our blog Entropic Topics, or get social with us at @Entropic_News, or on Facebook, Google+, YouTube and LinkedIn.
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Statements in this press release that are not strictly historical in nature constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding Entropic's SoC and MoCA® technologies, its related prospects and its role in the RDK and the future of connected home entertainment. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause Entropic's actual results to be materially different from historical results or from any results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, competition, risks associated with Entropic dependence on a limited number of customers and suppliers, technology risks, the risk that the market for HD video and multimedia content delivery solutions may not develop as Entropic anticipates and other factors discussed in the "Risk Factors" section of Entropic's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2013. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. Entropic is providing this information as of the date of this release and does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this release as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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