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Linux and the Kenwood TS 590SG

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Added: 2016-04-12T17:53:17

Linux and the Kenwood TS 590SG

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 ttyUSB0
and 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

posted by Calum on 2016-04-12T18:55 under

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