TerraTec Cinergy T Stick Black teardownThat stick is Realtek RTL2832U reference design. Used RF tuner is Fitipower FC0012. TerraTec has assigned USB ID 0ccd:00a9 for that device.
Device is supported under Linux starting from the Kernel 3.6.
TerraTec Cinergy T Stick Black
|TerraTec Cinergy T Stick Black|
Key components:Realtek RTL2832U
PCB top side
|Top side of PCB|
Black box, right side of PCB and near antenna connector and FC0012, is IR-receiver for remote controller.
FC0012 is direct-conversion (aka Zero-IF) architecture RF-tuner. It is very typical DVB-T RF-tuner what we could expect to see nowadays. There is four clearly visible parallel wires between FC0012 and RTL2832U, which are going through SMD resistors, that are located very near FC0012. It is baseband interface, I+, I-, Q+, Q-. That bus feeds baseband "antenna" signal from tuner to demodulator.
I am not going to explain RTL2832U features that time as I have explained those earlier. Please see older blog posts.
PCB bottom side
|Bottom side of PCB|