Sundtek

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Sundtek is a German manufacturer/software engineering company which provides USB Touchpanel solutions, and analog and digital TV Products.

Sundtek provides their own, closed source, commercially bundled framework and drivers for DVB and V4L.They state that their solution has support for both the S2-API as well as the Legacy DVBv3 API and Video4Linux1/2, and that they have a very high backward compatibility and provide for very easy installation because of independence from kernel drivers.

Apparently they use a user space application to emulate the API that usually is provided by the v4l and dvb framework by using the kernel's userspace USBFS interface.

Vendor USB ID 2659h

Their installer currently has support for following Architectures

  • x86-32bit
  • x86-64bit
  • PowerPC32
  • PowerPC64
  • MIPS
  • MIPSel
  • ARM (eabi4)
  • ARM (oabi)
  • SH4 (SuperH)

Due its flexible architecture the same driver package is available for:

  • Linux
  • FreeBSD
  • MacOSX
  • Solaris / Opensolaris / Illumos

A list of some supported platforms:

  • QNAP NAS models
  • Synology NAS models
  • Raspberry PI
  • Dreambox 800HD
  • Dreambox 800SE
  • Dreambox 8000
  • Dreambox 500HD
  • Clarke Tech ET9000
  • VU+ Duo
  • VU+ Duo2
  • VU+ Solo
  • WDTV Live
  • Western Digital My Book (Network attached Storage)
  • Globalscale Sheevaplug
  • Globalscale Guruplug
  • and many more...

All Linux Kernels starting from 2.6.15 are supported, due the independence of the Kernel versions the driver only needs to be installed once, kernelupgrades will not affect or require to reinstall the driver (no recompiling is needed either). Full Linux support is given for all their current and expired models within one driver package.

They also provide a bundled video player with channel scanning ability which supports H264/AAC as well as multiple character sets.

Sundtek claims to adhere to the LinuxDVB, Video4Linux1/2 API Specifications as far as possible.

They also state out that their driver includes a deinterlacing and easy to use on screen display engine for analog Video (Composite/S-video/Analog TV)

The drivers also support bridging/streaming via W-LAN and allows to use the device on a remote PC as if it would be connected locally. Network Howto their USB based DVB-T, DVB-T2, DVB-C, DVB-S/S2, ATSC and ISDB-T devices have a so called network mode in order to stream the TV to a remote host. This can be used with Linux based routers, NAS (network storage) and other embedded devices which provide a USB port to act as a network based TV server.

All devices are supported by a single driver, and support deep standby to cool down completely after 15 seconds inactivity

Until 2012 Sundtek cooperated with Empia Technology and sold devices with their chipsets. Since 2013 Sundtek is now also manufacturing devices directly in Berlin / Germany (also running their own assembly line)

Sundtek is using several different chipsets nowadays.

Multimedia Devices currently sold by Sundtek
Device Description Bus Vendor's User Forum
Sundtek MediaTV Pro III DVB-C, DVB-T, DVB-T2, AnalogTV, Composite, S-Video, FM-Radio Solution USB 2.0 German English
Sundtek MediaTV Pro II MiniPCIe DVB-C, DVB-T, DVB-T2, AnalogTV, Composite, S-Video, FM-Radio Solution MiniPCIe German English
Sundtek MediaTV Pro ATSC ATSC, ClearQAM, AnalogTV, Composite, S-Video, FM-Radio Solution USB 2.0 German English
Sundtek MediaTV Pro II ATSC (includes DVB-T rewriting option to make ATSC look like DVB-T!) ATSC, ClearQAM, AnalogTV, Composite, S-Video, FM-Radio Solution MiniPCIe German English
Sundtek MediaTV Pro ISDB-T/DVB-C (Brazil / Japan) - upcoming ISDB-T, DVB-C, AnalogTV, Composite, S-Video, FM-Radio Solution USB 2.0 German English
Sundtek SkyTV Ultimate 5 DVB-S/S2 USB 2.0 German English
Sundtek MediaTV Virtual Demo Driver emulates virtual Analog TV only (for testing purpose) None German English

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