1Documentation for dvb-usb-framework module and its devices
3Idea behind the dvb-usb-framework
6In March 2005 I got the new Twinhan USB2.0 DVB-T device. They provided specs and a firmware.
8Quite keen I wanted to put the driver (with some quirks of course) into dibusb.
9After reading some specs and doing some USB snooping, it realized, that the
10dibusb-driver would be a complete mess afterwards. So I decided to do it in a
11different way: With the help of a dvb-usb-framework.
13The framework provides generic functions (mostly kernel API calls), such as:
15- Transport Stream URB handling in conjunction with dvb-demux-feed-control
16  (bulk and isoc are supported)
17- registering the device for the DVB-API
18- registering an I2C-adapter if applicable
19- remote-control/input-device handling
20- firmware requesting and loading (currently just for the Cypress USB
21  controllers)
22- other functions/methods which can be shared by several drivers (such as
23  functions for bulk-control-commands)
24- TODO: a I2C-chunker. It creates device-specific chunks of register-accesses
25  depending on length of a register and the number of values that can be
26  multi-written and multi-read.
28The source code of the particular DVB USB devices does just the communication
29with the device via the bus. The connection between the DVB-API-functionality
30is done via callbacks, assigned in a static device-description (struct
31dvb_usb_device) each device-driver has to have.
33For an example have a look in drivers/media/dvb/dvb-usb/vp7045*.
35Objective is to migrate all the usb-devices (dibusb, cinergyT2, maybe the
36ttusb; flexcop-usb already benefits from the generic flexcop-device) to use
37the dvb-usb-lib.
39TODO: dynamic enabling and disabling of the pid-filter in regard to number of
40feeds requested.
42Supported devices
45See the LinuxTV DVB Wiki at for a complete list of
500. History & News:
51  2005-06-30 - added support for WideView WT-220U (Thanks to Steve Chang)
52  2005-05-30 - added basic isochronous support to the dvb-usb-framework
53           added support for Conexant Hybrid reference design and Nebula DigiTV USB
54  2005-04-17 - all dibusb devices ported to make use of the dvb-usb-framework
55  2005-04-02 - re-enabled and improved remote control code.
56  2005-03-31 - ported the Yakumo/Hama/Typhoon DVB-T USB2.0 device to dvb-usb.
57  2005-03-30 - first commit of the dvb-usb-module based on the dibusb-source. First device is a new driver for the
58           TwinhanDTV Alpha / MagicBox II USB2.0-only DVB-T device.
60  (change from dvb-dibusb to dvb-usb)
61  2005-03-28 - added support for the AVerMedia AverTV DVB-T USB2.0 device (Thanks to Glen Harris and Jiun-Kuei Jung, AVerMedia)
62  2005-03-14 - added support for the Typhoon/Yakumo/HAMA DVB-T mobile USB2.0
63  2005-02-11 - added support for the KWorld/ADSTech Instant DVB-T USB2.0. Thanks a lot to Joachim von Caron
64  2005-02-02 - added support for the Hauppauge Win-TV Nova-T USB2
65  2005-01-31 - distorted streaming is gone for USB1.1 devices
66  2005-01-13 - moved the mirrored pid_filter_table back to dvb-dibusb
67         - first almost working version for HanfTek UMT-010
68         - found out, that Yakumo/HAMA/Typhoon are predecessors of the HanfTek UMT-010
69  2005-01-10 - refactoring completed, now everything is very delightful
70         - tuner quirks for some weird devices (Artec T1 AN2235 device has sometimes a
71           Panasonic Tuner assembled). Tunerprobing implemented. Thanks a lot to Gunnar Wittich.
72  2004-12-29 - after several days of struggling around bug of no returning URBs fixed.
73  2004-12-26 - refactored the dibusb-driver, splitted into separate files
74         - i2c-probing enabled
75  2004-12-06 - possibility for demod i2c-address probing
76         - new usb IDs (Compro, Artec)
77  2004-11-23 - merged changes from DiB3000MC_ver2.1
78         - revised the debugging
79         - possibility to deliver the complete TS for USB2.0
80  2004-11-21 - first working version of the dib3000mc/p frontend driver.
81  2004-11-12 - added additional remote control keys. Thanks to Uwe Hanke.
82  2004-11-07 - added remote control support. Thanks to David Matthews.
83  2004-11-05 - added support for a new devices (Grandtec/Avermedia/Artec)
84         - merged my changes (for dib3000mb/dibusb) to the FE_REFACTORING, because it became HEAD
85         - moved transfer control (pid filter, fifo control) from usb driver to frontend, it seems
86           better settled there (added xfer_ops-struct)
87         - created a common files for frontends (mc/p/mb)
88  2004-09-28 - added support for a new device (Unknown, vendor ID is Hyper-Paltek)
89  2004-09-20 - added support for a new device (Compro DVB-U2000), thanks
90           to Amaury Demol for reporting
91         - changed usb TS transfer method (several urbs, stopping transfer
92           before setting a new pid)
93  2004-09-13 - added support for a new device (Artec T1 USB TVBOX), thanks
94           to Christian Motschke for reporting
95  2004-09-05 - released the dibusb device and dib3000mb-frontend driver
97  (old news for vp7041.c)
98  2004-07-15 - found out, by accident, that the device has a TUA6010XS for
99           PLL
100  2004-07-12 - figured out, that the driver should also work with the
101           CTS Portable (Chinese Television System)
102  2004-07-08 - firmware-extraction-2.422-problem solved, driver is now working
103           properly with firmware extracted from 2.422
104         - #if for 2.6.4 (dvb), compile issue
105         - changed firmware handling, see vp7041.txt sec 1.1
106  2004-07-02 - some tuner modifications, v0.1, cleanups, first public
107  2004-06-28 - now using the dvb_dmx_swfilter_packets, everything
108           runs fine now
109  2004-06-27 - able to watch and switching channels (pre-alpha)
110         - no section filtering yet
111  2004-06-06 - first TS received, but kernel oops :/
112  2004-05-14 - firmware loader is working
113  2004-05-11 - start writing the driver
1151. How to use?
1161.1. Firmware
118Most of the USB drivers need to download a firmware to the device before start
121Have a look at the Wikipage for the DVB-USB-drivers to find out, which firmware
122you need for your device:
1261.2. Compiling
128Since the driver is in the linux kernel, activating the driver in
129your favorite config-environment should sufficient. I recommend
130to compile the driver as module. Hotplug does the rest.
132If you use dvb-kernel enter the build-2.6 directory run 'make' and '
133load' afterwards.
1351.3. Loading the drivers
137Hotplug is able to load the driver, when it is needed (because you plugged
138in the device).
140If you want to enable debug output, you have to load the driver manually and
141from within the dvb-kernel cvs repository.
143first have a look, which debug level are available:
145modinfo dvb-usb
146modinfo dvb-usb-vp7045
149modprobe dvb-usb debug=<level>
150modprobe dvb-usb-vp7045 debug=<level>
153should do the trick.
155When the driver is loaded successfully, the firmware file was in
156the right place and the device is connected, the "Power"-LED should be
157turned on.
159At this point you should be able to start a dvb-capable application. I'm use
160(t|s)zap, mplayer and dvbscan to test the basics. VDR-xine provides the
161long-term test scenario.
1632. Known problems and bugs
165- Don't remove the USB device while running an DVB application, your system
166  will go crazy or die most likely.
1682.1. Adding support for devices
1722.2. USB1.1 Bandwidth limitation
174A lot of the currently supported devices are USB1.1 and thus they have a
175maximum bandwidth of about 5-6 MBit/s when connected to a USB2.0 hub.
176This is not enough for receiving the complete transport stream of a
177DVB-T channel (which is about 16 MBit/s). Normally this is not a
178problem, if you only want to watch TV (this does not apply for HDTV),
179but watching a channel while recording another channel on the same
180frequency simply does not work very well. This applies to all USB1.1
181DVB-T devices, not just the dvb-usb-devices)
183The bug, where the TS is distorted by a heavy usage of the device is gone
184definitely. All dvb-usb-devices I was using (Twinhan, Kworld, DiBcom) are
185working like charm now with VDR. Sometimes I even was able to record a channel
186and watch another one.
190Patches, comments and suggestions are very very welcome.
1923. Acknowledgements
193   Amaury Demol ( and Francois Kanounnikoff from DiBcom for
194    providing specs, code and help, on which the dvb-dibusb, dib3000mb and
195    dib3000mc are based.
197   David Matthews for identifying a new device type (Artec T1 with AN2235)
198    and for extending dibusb with remote control event handling. Thank you.
200   Alex Woods for frequently answering question about usb and dvb
201    stuff, a big thank you.
203   Bernd Wagner for helping with huge bug reports and discussions.
205   Gunnar Wittich and Joachim von Caron for their trust for providing
206    root-shells on their machines to implement support for new devices.
208   Allan Third and Michael Hutchinson for their help to write the Nebula
209    digitv-driver.
211   Glen Harris for bringing up, that there is a new dibusb-device and Jiun-Kuei
212    Jung from AVerMedia who kindly provided a special firmware to get the device
213    up and running in Linux.
215   Jennifer Chen, Jeff and Jack from Twinhan for kindly supporting by
216    writing the vp7045-driver.
218   Steve Chang from WideView for providing information for new devices and
219    firmware files.
221   Michael Paxton for submitting remote control keymaps.
223   Some guys on the linux-dvb mailing list for encouraging me.
225   Peter Schildmann >< for his
226    user-level firmware loader, which saves a lot of time
227    (when writing the vp7041 driver)
229   Ulf Hermenau for helping me out with traditional chinese.
231   André Smoktun and Christian Frömmel for supporting me with
232    hardware and listening to my problems very patiently.

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