Pace has partnered with Alticast for the development of OCAP set-top boxes in the United States.

Pace Micro Technology will use the AltiCaptor OCAP 1.0 middleware from Alticast for its product line.

The first OCAP product from Pace, the new Tahoe dual-tuner, high-definition digital video recorder, was on show at the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers Cable-Tec Expo in San Antonio.

OCAP is the CableLabs software specification for the cable set-top OpenCable Application Platform for use in the United States and is based on the DVB MHP or Multimedia Home Platform standard.

Alticast has the world’s first, and so far only, OCAP deployment in Korea. “Together, we are on track to have the world’s first high-definition DVR OCAP-compliant platform ready for deployment on existing networks,” said Chris Dinallo of Pace.

Engineers from Alticast have been working with those at Pace in Florida to have set-top boxes available for a major US cable operator by the end of the year.

The adoption of Alticast by Pace follows news that OpenTV plans to incorporate support for MHP from Alticast in its core middleware.