R820T2 breakout board

R820T2 breakout board

R820T2 breakout board

R820T2 Downconverter Breakout


This is a breakout board for the Rafael Microelectronics R820T2 Advanced Digital TV Silicon Tuner chip. This is the same chip used in most all of the RTL-SDR dongles, as well as the Airspy and numerous other radios.

The chip is a versatile front-end with reasonable sensitivity and wide tuning range. The design presented here is almost an exact implementation of the Mfg’s suggested demo design from the datasheet, implemented on the OSHpark 4-layer PCB process and provides a simple 4-pin interface with power, ground and I2C bus for controlling the tuner. A broad-band RF input and 10MHz IF output are provided on SMA connectors.


  • R820T2 tuner chip
  • Onboard 3.3V Regulator (5V input).
  • Full Mfg’s suggested support circuitry.
  • Optional crystal or TCXO LO reference frequency.
  • 50-ohm SMA input and output


I’ve provided a simplified driver based on work from Airspy and the Linux media drivers which allows control of the R820T2 from an STM32F0xx processor.

Design Resources

r820t2_breakout v0.1


4 layer board of 1.72×1.01 inches (43.59×25.55 mm).
Shared on February 17th, 2017 17:53.

R820T2 Downconverter Breakout

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