I was wondering how the Kenwood TS 590SG plays with Linux. Unlike older radios, it has a USB port on it, which when plugged into a computer, provides a USB serial interface, and a USB souncard.
Kenwood supply drivers for Windows, but I wanted to know if the devices in the radio were supported by Linux.
I asked a very helpful Kenwood technician in London (thanks Geoff!) who didn't know, but passed on my request to Japan, where they booted a copy of Ubuntu 15.10, plugged in the radio, and replied with the output of dmesg and lsusb.
Many thanks to Kenwood for their help in this.
In case this helps anyone else, this is the output of dmesg for the Kenwood TS 590SG
usb 1-3: new high-speed USB device number 4 using ehci-pci usb 1-3: New USB device found, idVendor=0424, idProduct=2512 usb 1-3: New USB device strings: Mfr=0, Product=0, SerialNumber=0 hub 1-3:1.0: USB hub found hub 1-3:1.0: 2 ports detected usb 1-3.1: new full-speed USB device number 5 using ehci-pci usb 1-3.1: New USB device found, idVendor=08bb, idProduct=29b3 usb 1-3.1: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=0 usb 1-3.1: Product: USB Audio CODEC usb 1-3.1: Manufacturer: Burr-Brown from TI input: Burr-Brown from TI USB Audio CODEC as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1d.7/usb1/1-3/1-3.1/1-3.1:1.3/0003:08BB:29B3.0003/input/input12 hid-generic 0003:08BB:29B3.0003: input,hidraw2: USB HID v1.00 Device [Burr-Brown from TI USB Audio CODEC ] on usb-0000:00:1d.7-3.1/input3 usb 1-3.2: new full-speed USB device number 6 using ehci-pci usb 1-3.2: New USB device found, idVendor=10c4, idProduct=ea60 usb 1-3.2: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=3 usb 1-3.2: Product: CP2102 USB to UART Bridge Controller usb 1-3.2: Manufacturer: Silicon Labs usb 1-3.2: SerialNumber: 055000000001 usbcore: registered new interface driver snd-usb-audio usbcore: registered new interface driver usbserial usbcore: registered new interface driver usbserial_generic usbserial: USB Serial support registered for generic usbcore: registered new interface driver cp210x usbserial: USB Serial support registered for cp210x cp210x 1-3.2:1.0: cp210x converter detected usb 1-3.2: cp210x converter now attached to ttyUSB0and this is the output of lsusb:
Bus 001 Device 006: ID 10c4:ea60 Cygnal Integrated Products, Inc. CP210x UART Bridge / myAVR mySmartUSB light Bus 001 Device 005: ID 08bb:29b3 Texas Instruments PCM2903B Audio CODEC Bus 001 Device 004: ID 0424:2512 Standard Microsystems Corp. USB 2.0 Hub Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
So it looks like the serial port is a CP2102 USB to UART, and the soundcard is a USB Audio Codec