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A driver for the ITE it9507 DVB-T modulator as found in the UT-100C USB stick.

Installation and usage

To install the driver, just cd into the "src" directory and type "make". You will require the kernel headers for the currently running kernel.

You must also copy the firmware file from src/dvb-mod-it9507.fw to /lib/firmware/

After building the module, you can either load it manually with "insmod ./usb-it950x.ko" or run "make install" to install it under /lib/modules/$(uname -r)

A sample program to send a transport stream to the modulator is in the examples/ directory. All modulation parameters are currently hard-coded in sendts.c and the TS is fed via stdin.

The public API is found in include/dvbmod.h

The input TS must be a valid DVB transport stream and padded to a constant bitrate lower than or equal to the bitrate of the modulation parameters. In the case of a transport stream with lower bitrate than the modulation parameters allow, the it950x will pad with null packets, but it MUST be a CBR transport stream.


This driver is a heavily modified version of v13.06.27.1 (presumably released on 27th June 2013) of the Linux driver distributed by ITE, the manufacturer of the it9507.

ITE's Linux driver uses their very generic cross-platform SDK, and as such does not follow many Linux kernel conventions and does not integrate with the DVB sub-system.

The modifications stripped out all code not required for the UT-100C (including all code for the demodulator found on some UT-100 variants) as well as support for hardware PSI packet insertion and TS PID filtering.

All low-level API functions (such as reading/writing registers) were also removed, and the API was changed to use standard DVB enums/#defines for the modulation parameters (constellations, code rate etc).

The firmware that runs on the "link" MCU was extracted from the #include file and placed in the dvb-mod-it9507.fw file, loaded via the standard Linux firmware loading mechanism.

The device node was also renamed from /dev/usb-it950x%d to /dev/dvbmod%d.

One significant change/bug-fix compared to ITE's driver is in the implementation of the write() function. This has been changed to block when the internal ringbuffer is full (ITE's driver just returned immediately with a 0 result code) and also to handle short writes (e.g. user application attempts to write 32KB, only 16KB is available in the buffer, so the driver just consumes 16KB. In that case, the ITE driver would consume nothing). This makes the userspace "sendts" application simpler and consume less CPU.

Non-blocking writes (and the use of poll/select) are not yet implemented, but are on the to-do list.

The full history of the modifications can be found on github at within the it9507-driver directory.


The original it9507-driver is (C) 2013 ITE Corporation and was licensed under the GPL.

Modifications (C) 2013 Dave Chapman

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA 02110-1301 USA.