Compro VideoMate M330F

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Compro VideoMate M330F

An Analog TV PCI card from Compro Technology.


Compro VideoMate M330F model is a "classic". A full-length PCI-board, using the traditional "cupping" RF unit. About ten years ago it was such an overwhelming majority of computer TV tuners. Today, when all manufacturers are mostly passed on semiconductor RF blocks, to meet such an instance - is a rarity.

In this case, the model of the RF-unit TVision TVF98T5-B/DFF from some probably Taiwanese company Young Mountain Electronics Co . Made it carefully, both outside and inside. Let's hope that it will show in the work itself is not worse.

Compro VideoMate M330F basis is 9-bit chip SAA7134HL, also became during its existence already classics. Now it is produced by NXP Semiconductors, which is a division of Philips. I must say that, despite the proliferation of more advanced chips SAA713x family and still actively used by individual manufacturers.

The advantages include support SAA7134HL all analog broadcasting standards, quality decoding PAL / SECAM, the presence of video and stereo decoders A2/NICAM, the possibility of digitizing sound, comfortable for operating modes and an integrated PCI-bridge, which significantly facilitates the creation on the basis of this inexpensive chip PCI-functional devices.

Of course, more advanced chipsets for TV tuners from the same may please NXP Semiconductors additional advantages, for example, suggest an increased bit depth processing, image a bit more contrast and improved image detail. However, the cost of new products is not really a mass to their use, especially in budgetary decisions.

PCB Compro VideoMate M330F can see a number of empty seats for the extra connectors and electronic components. This suggests that the same "piece" PCB manufacturer produces or plans to produce a slightly modified model of the analog TV tuner.

On the mounting bracket Compro VideoMate M330F without using any adapters housed all the necessary connectors. Their function is written as a strip on itself and on the reverse side of the PCB.

Compro VideoMate M330F connectors on the mounting bracket:

  • TV input (F or PH type)
  • FM input (PH type)
  • S-Video input (Mini-DIN 4 pins, Black)
  • Composite input (RCA Jack, Yellow)
  • IR sensor input
  • Audio input (Phone Jack, 3.5mm, Black)
  • Audio output (Phone Jack, 3.5mm, Green)

Due to space limitations audio connectors - is Phone Jack 3.5mm. When connecting to a TV tuner, external devices require specific cable or adapter for the sound. In principle, such a purchase in the store or make your own - no problem.

Audio output on TV tuners now rarely encountered. Usually modern recessed models broadcast sound over the PCI bus or PCI-E with the video in digital form, and, incidentally, Compro VideoMate M330F is no exception, its hardware allows it. Nevertheless, in this model there is such output and audio cable included, which it can be connected to the sound card.

Remote Control Compro VideoMate M330F relatively compact (110x52x19 mm). Despite this, he uses the usual batteries and has a comfortable rubber buttons. Number of the last will be enough to control the basic functions of the TV tuner.

The sticker on the front of the remote control has become traditional for many models of TV tuners production Compro Technology. Wishing russifyi your remote can stick it, separating the bottom sticker protective layer. The whole procedure is unlikely to take more than a minute.


# lspci -vvvnn
02:01.0 Multimedia controller [0480]: Philips Semiconductors SAA7134/SAA7135HL Video Broadcast Decoder [1131:7134] (rev 01)
       Subsystem: Compro Technology, Inc. Compro VideoMate Gold+ Pal [185b:c200]
       Control: I/O- Mem+ BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR- FastB2B- DisINTx-
       Status: Cap+ 66MHz- UDF- FastB2B+ ParErr- DEVSEL=medium >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR- INTx-
       Latency: 32 (63750ns min, 63750ns max)
       Interrupt: pin A routed to IRQ 22
       Region 0: Memory at ff1ffc00 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=1K]
       Capabilities: [40] Power Management version 1
               Flags: PMEClk- DSI- D1+ D2+ AuxCurrent=0mA PME(D0-,D1-,D2-,D3hot-,D3cold-)
               Status: D0 NoSoftRst- PME-Enable- DSel=0 DScale=3 PME-
       Kernel driver in use: saa7134

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