Software Defined Radio IC Decap: R820/RTL2832U


Software Defined Radio teardown: R820/RTL2832U Decap

Recently there has been much interest in two integrated circuit which were originally designed to receive FM radio and DVB-T TV (as used in Europe).
Some enterprising people quickly realised that since they were based on software-defined techniques they could be quickly re purposed for all sorts of clever things.
I bought one of Amazon and de-capped the two main ASICs inside.
The 1st one was the TV tuner from Rafael Micro, the R820
The 2nd is the COFDM demodulator from Realtek, the RTL2832U

More details at Electronupdate blog.

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