|CRC mmbTools Live CD|
THE "ONE CLICK" DAB TRANSMITTER
With the CRC mmbTools Live CD, you will be able to setup an experimental DAB/DMB transmitter in no time! Within 5 minutes and with ONE SINGLE MOUSE CLICK, you will be transmitting a live DAB signal . We believe that this is a great tool to help democratise digital broadcast technologies. In fact, effective demonstrations, receiver functionality tests and new application can be built with very few resources. Of course, we've been using these tools ourselves in our labs for some years now. We have many other ideas on how they could be used but we would be very interested to hear what YOU can do with them.
How it works
Connect your low-cost interfacing peripherals such as the FarSync TE1 physical interface board produced by FarSite or the USRP , put CRC mmbTools Live CD-ROM in your PC or laptop computer (no need to remove your favorite OS nor to change anything on your hard disk drive!), boot from it and there you go. You're ready to broadcast DAB and use our tools.
The CD includes most of our DAB/DMB tools. The key tools are the CRC-DADMUX realtime multiplexer, the CRC-DABMOD realtime modulator, our real-time MOT Slideshow encoder, our open source Openmokast software stack for receivers and the CRC-EtiStreamer. Since September 2009, CRC-DABMUX is available as an open source software project under the GNU GPL library. CRC-DABMOD is also available now as a GPL open source project. The Live CD also contains ready to run FM/RDS encoders and demodulators.
Get it, it's free!
Please get in touch with us if you would like to get a copy of the mmbTools Live CD. We will send you a link of a website from which you will be able to download an ISO file that you can easily burn on any typical writable CDs. We give the CD away for free to all who ask.
This effort was made possible thanks to open source software projects like GNU/Linux, Ubuntu and GNU Radio.
IMPORTANT NOTE: On the desktop of this Live CD you will find the "install" icon. This should allow the installation of the Live CD on a typical PC (not too new because of potential drivers issues, typically 6 months or older, that's the Linux world!). We are aware that this is a very desirable feature but WE HAVE NOT HAD TIME TO TEST THE INSTALLATION FEATURE YET. IT MAY WORK BUT PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THIS COULD RESULT IN DATA LOSS ON THE AVAILABLE HARD DRIVE(s). If you can, try it on a machine that you are not using anymore. In any case, you can try the full functionality of the Live CD without installing it on your PC. This, we know, works very well.
UPDATE: we installed the CD successfully on a brand new Lenovo thinkpad without any issues.