I sent Abylai at NetUP a mail last week, looking for updated info on both the card & the development of drivers. Well, good news everyone, I’ll let Abylai take over….;
Everything is fine now. We have working driver – fully functional. You
can see it on http://udev.netup.ru/hg/
We have obtained permissions to publish it under GPL from all IC
vendors. Now we preparing driver to commit into kernel.
But first batch of card is delayed because there is more time we need to wait vendors of IC to provide it … waiting. Hope we will assemble
first batch at the March’09. I will send one card to you immidiately 🙂
I will as promised return with a full review of the card when it arrives.
As I’ve previously mentioned, my interrest in DVB-S2 has been on a low boil. Primarly due to few pure HDTV channels available, upscaled SD content I can do myself.
This has ever so slowly started to change tho, and Ive started to sniff around for solid DVB-S2 cards.
I have been very reluctant to purchase a card from producers that dont actively either develop linux drivers, or are forthcoming to the v4l community devs with specs on the chipsets used.
This is of course a problem not solely on the card producers, but also the analy retarted chip producers. Alot of devs get specs when signing NDA’s, fair enough, if no other solution is available….
As I was catching up on the mailinglists a mail from a (to me) unknown company caught my attention..
We have designed NetUP Dual DVB-S2-CI PCI-E x1 card. A short description
is available in wiki – http://linuxtv.org/wiki/index.php/NetUP_Dual_DVB_S2_CI
Now we have started the work on the driver for Linux. The following
components used in this card already have their code for Linux
We are working on the code for the following components:
Dual demodulator STM STV0900BAB
Dual LNB STM LNBH24
SCM CiMax SP2
The resulting code will be published under GPL after receiving
permissions from IC vendors.
link to thread
Say what now? A Dual DVB-S2 PCI-E card, that linux drivers are being developed from the start? AND… are gonna be published under GPL?
I didnt think twice to reply & place my preorder.. The first batch will be done in jan-feb, I for one can easily wait for this card to be available.
I will of course post a full review on the card when its been put into service.
Massive karma points to our Russian neighbours!