E3C EC168

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The E3C EC168 ist used in many cheap DVB-T Sticks.

Known USB IDs are 18b4:1689, 18b4:fffa, 18b4:fffb, 18b4:1001 and 18b4:1002 (second tuner).

SKU 08309   USB DVB-T TV Dongle with Remote from DealExtreme uses this chip and has USB ID 18b4:1689.
GRTNTUSBV4  USB TNT Basic LIGHT from PC-Basic (Graphics) uses this chip and has USB ID 18b4:1001.

Anyone get this working willing to provide a quick guide?


Without drivers, ubuntu 8.10 detect the dongle as an USB Keyboard :

[    8.729023] usb 3-2: new high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 2
[    8.844654] usb 3-2: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
[    8.844992] usb 3-2: New USB device found, idVendor=18b4, idProduct=1001
[    8.844994] usb 3-2: New USB device strings: Mfr=0, Product=0, SerialNumber=0
[    8.919832] input: HID 18b4:1001 as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:04.1/usb3/3-2/3-2:1.0/input/input5
[    8.922137] input,hidraw4: USB HID v1.11 Keyboard [HID 18b4:1001] on usb-0000:00:04.1-2

Requires Firmware-File called EC168BDA.bin contained in Windows Driver [1] Produced by E3C [2] (Tai-Hui Inc)

The PC-Basic v4 USB Stick contains following chips :

EC168 (usb 2.0 µ-controller)
Maxlinear 5003S Tuner [3]
EEPROM 24C02 I²C (256 Bytes) [4]

But from "Graphics" french web site [5] the driver references another chips : the Intel CE6230/9500 (VID_8086&PID_9500)

Maybe the 5th version (which has the same enclosure) but also named dutv005 [6]