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CommScope SMD drive risks muddying waters

CommScope channeled much of its IBC 2019 efforts into attempting to coin the term Smart Media Device and incite widespread adoption throughout the industry, based on an underlying frustration about smart speakers stealing the limelight from devices like advanced set tops equipped with voice functionality and other so-called ‘smart’ features. We can see where the Arris side of CommScope is coming from here, but Smart Media Device is far too generalizable for our liking. Unfortunately, CommScope used those very three words together in one of two updates to its RDK Accelerator portfolio introduced in Amsterdam over the weekend, giving us little choice but to use the term. The company launched the Smart Media Device 7852 platform with WiFi 6 connectivity,…

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