Saa7162 devices

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Introduction

In March 2005, Philips Semiconductors announced "the industry's first integrated PCI Express dual global video and stereo decoder for digital home PC desktops and notebooks" (press release). The new analog decoder chip, the saa7162, uses the increased bandwidth of the PCI Express bus to capture to two simultaneous analog channels of live tv or baseband video (cf. product flyer) or up to four independent simultaneous digital TV streams (cf. Philips/NXP SAA7162 data sheet).

As at Oct 2006, NXP just put a page up with the specifications, including an 18 page data sheet: SAA7162 Product Description

According to Philips' reference design, there's a Linux driver; someone needs to e-mail Philips to get it. Unfortunately Philips/NXP don't apppear to be interested in helping people develop a driver at all - see Richard Dale's efforts

TV cards that use the PCI Express bus are marketed as TV Tuner ExpressCards.

The PCI-SIG lists SAA7162 (dual A/V decoder) and SAA7160/SAA7161 (multimedia A/V bridge) as PCIe devices. The CX23885/6/7/8, found on some of these cards, are also PCIe chips.

DNTV PCI Express cards

For now, to get the low-level driver, one need to "contact local NXP representative to arrange the non disclosure agreement".

FlyTV Express cards

Philips PCV290

Dual DVB-T and Dual DVB-S Reference Design

Uses 2xTDA8263 DVB-S Tuner, 1 x TDA10093 Dual Channel DVB-S channel decoder, 2xTDA8275A DVB-T Tuner, 2xTDA10046A DVB-T channel decoder, 1xSAA7162E TV video/audio decoder/PCI express interface)

KWorld PCI Express Hybrid

An early example of a card that uses the saa7162 decoder chip is this hybrid card, which also supports Intel's serial digital video out (SDVO):

KWorld PCI Express Hybrid

See product page.

(Someone needs to tell them it's hybrid, not hybird!)