ATSC PCI cards
As of right now there are 13 confirmed working devices.
- The pcHDTV HD-3000 card
- The pcHDTV HD-5500 card
- The air2pc (1st gen)
- The air2pc (2nd gen)
- The air2pc hd5000 (3rd gen)
- The DViCO FusionHDTV 3 GOLD-Q
- The DViCO FusionHDTV 3 GOLD-T
- The DViCO FusionHDTV 5 GOLD
- The DViCO FusionHDTV 5 LITE
- The DViCO FusionHDTV 5 USB GOLD
- The ATi HDTV Wonder
- The AVerMedia AVerTVHD A180
- The Kworld ATSC110
Here is a feature matrix to help keep track of what card does what:
|pcHDTV HD-3000||pcHDTV HD-5500||Air2PC 1st||Air2PC 2nd||Air2PC HD5000 3rd||Fusion HDTV3 Gold-Q||Fusion HDTV3 Gold-T||Fusion HDTV5 Lite||Fusion HDTV5 Gold||Fusion HDTV5 USB Gold||HDTV Wonder||AVerTV HD A180||Kworld ATSC 110|
|Bridge Interface||cx23882||cx23883||flexcop||flexcop||flexcop||cx23882||cx23882||bt878||cx23882||Cypress FX2LP||cx23882||saa7135||saa7135|
Note 1: Has a working comp/s-video port hidden behind the card-plate.
Note 2: The 5500 analog CC works, so the 3000 should too, but I haven't verified the 3000 personally. If you have, please remove this note.
Note 3: 'hw' = hardware, 'sw' = software. Hardware PID filtering allows the card to discard unwanted packets. This typically amounts to saving <10% of the bitrate of a 8-VSB or QAM-64 broadcast, and >55% of the bitrate of a QAM-256 broadcast.
Note 4: Hardware should allow it, but the driver has no support yet.
Note 5: The demodulator supports QAM-64/256, but the tuner can't handle cable frequencies.
Note 6: Some may have had sucess. Recent attempts using currently shipping boards have failed
Note 7: Prices shown in $US, rounded to the nearest $1, as found on the web on 2006-07-17. I didn't bother with the discontinued ones (shown "N/A"), as prices will vary on eBay.
Note 8: eBay price as of 2006-08-24.
Note 9: Model shown on web site "MTVHDA180" is the "AVerMedia AVerTVHD™ MCE A180 (white box)"; Price includes typical shipping.
The Air2PC cards usually consume less PCI and memory bandwidth than the other cards because they have a hardware PID filter. The hardware only handles a few streams, which may be limiting if collecting EIT data. The PID filtering is most useful when recording one program in a QAM-256 stream, or when recording low resolution streams. It doesn't save much bandwidth when recording an HDTV stream encoded with 8-VSB, since that set of streams consumes most of the bandwidth anyway.
The ATSC frontend of the DViCO cards has been tested with 8-VSB (OTA) and QAM-256 (Cable) in the US. Source code is in video4linux + dvb-kernel CVS and kernel sources 2.6.13 and later for Gold, 2.6.15 and later for Lite.
- http://www.bbti.us/products_air2pc_atsc_pci.htm Broadband Technologies Company site, Air2PC cards.
- http://www.pchdtv.com pcHDTV Company Site, pcHDTV HD-5500 card.
- http://www.ati.com/products/hdtvwonder/index.html ATI Technology Company site, ATI HDTV Wonder card.
- http://www.fusionhdtv.co.kr/ENG/Products/ DViCO Company site, Fusion HDTV products.
- http://www.aver.com/2005home/wheretobuy/estore/estore_bestseller.shtml AVer TV Company site, AVerTV HD A180 card.
- http://www.kworldcomputer.com/product/digital/001/atsc_110.htm KWorld Company site, KWorld ATSC 110 card.