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-Driver for USB radios for the Silicon Labs Si470x FM Radio Receivers
-
-Copyright (c) 2009 Tobias Lorenz <tobias.lorenz@gmx.net>
-
-
-Information from Silicon Labs
-=============================
-Silicon Laboratories is the manufacturer of the radio ICs, that nowadays are the
-most often used radio receivers in cell phones. Usually they are connected with
-I2C. But SiLabs also provides a reference design, which integrates this IC,
-together with a small microcontroller C8051F321, to form a USB radio.
-Part of this reference design is also a radio application in binary and source
-code. The software also contains an automatic firmware upgrade to the most
-current version. Information on these can be downloaded here:
-http://www.silabs.com/usbradio
-
-
-Supported ICs
-=============
-The following ICs have a very similar register set, so that they are or will be
-supported somewhen by the driver:
-- Si4700: FM radio receiver
-- Si4701: FM radio receiver, RDS Support
-- Si4702: FM radio receiver
-- Si4703: FM radio receiver, RDS Support
-- Si4704: FM radio receiver, no external antenna required
-- Si4705: FM radio receiver, no external antenna required, RDS support, Dig I/O
-- Si4706: Enhanced FM RDS/TMC radio receiver, no external antenna required, RDS
- Support
-- Si4707: Dedicated weather band radio receiver with SAME decoder, RDS Support
-- Si4708: Smallest FM receivers
-- Si4709: Smallest FM receivers, RDS Support
-More information on these can be downloaded here:
-http://www.silabs.com/products/mcu/Pages/USBFMRadioRD.aspx
-
-
-Supported USB devices
-=====================
-Currently the following USB radios (vendor:product) with the Silicon Labs si470x
-chips are known to work:
-- 10c4:818a: Silicon Labs USB FM Radio Reference Design
-- 06e1:a155: ADS/Tech FM Radio Receiver (formerly Instant FM Music) (RDX-155-EF)
-- 1b80:d700: KWorld USB FM Radio SnapMusic Mobile 700 (FM700)
-- 10c5:819a: Sanei Electric, Inc. FM USB Radio (sold as DealExtreme.com PCear)
-
-
-Software
-========
-Testing is usually done with most application under Debian/testing:
-- fmtools - Utility for managing FM tuner cards
-- gnomeradio - FM-radio tuner for the GNOME desktop
-- gradio - GTK FM radio tuner
-- kradio - Comfortable Radio Application for KDE
-- radio - ncurses-based radio application
-- mplayer - The Ultimate Movie Player For Linux
-
-There is also a library libv4l, which can be used. It's going to have a function
-for frequency seeking, either by using hardware functionality as in radio-si470x
-or by implementing a function as we currently have in every of the mentioned
-programs. Somewhen the radio programs should make use of libv4l.
-
-For processing RDS information, there is a project ongoing at:
-http://rdsd.berlios.de/
-
-There is currently no project for making TMC sentences human readable.
-
-
-Audio Listing
-=============
-USB Audio is provided by the ALSA snd_usb_audio module. It is recommended to
-also select SND_USB_AUDIO, as this is required to get sound from the radio. For
-listing you have to redirect the sound, for example using one of the following
-commands. Please adjust the audio devices to your needs (/dev/dsp* and hw:x,x).
-
-If you just want to test audio (very poor quality):
-cat /dev/dsp1 > /dev/dsp
-
-If you use OSS try:
-sox -2 --endian little -r 96000 -t oss /dev/dsp1 -t oss /dev/dsp
-
-If you use arts try:
-arecord -D hw:1,0 -r96000 -c2 -f S16_LE | artsdsp aplay -B -
-
-If you use mplayer try:
-mplayer -radio adevice=hw=1.0:arate=96000 \
- -rawaudio rate=96000 \
- radio://<frequency>/capture
-
-Module Parameters
-=================
-After loading the module, you still have access to some of them in the sysfs
-mount under /sys/module/radio_si470x/parameters. The contents of read-only files
-(0444) are not updated, even if space, band and de are changed using private
-video controls. The others are runtime changeable.
-
-
-Errors
-======
-Increase tune_timeout, if you often get -EIO errors.
-
-When timed out or band limit is reached, hw_freq_seek returns -EAGAIN.
-
-If you get any errors from snd_usb_audio, please report them to the ALSA people.
-
-
-Open Issues
-===========
-V4L minor device allocation and parameter setting is not perfect. A solution is
-currently under discussion.
-
-There is an USB interface for downloading/uploading new firmware images. Support
-for it can be implemented using the request_firmware interface.
-
-There is a RDS interrupt mode. The driver is already using the same interface
-for polling RDS information, but is currently not using the interrupt mode.
-
-There is a LED interface, which can be used to override the LED control
-programmed in the firmware. This can be made available using the LED support
-functions in the kernel.
-
-
-Other useful information and links
-==================================
-http://www.silabs.com/usbradio