We have recently received samples and tested the new R860 tuner chip from Rafael Micro. However, to be clear there is no change in terms of silicon or performance between the R820T2 and the R860. It is just a change in name signifying a minor change in the manufacturing chain which has allowed production of this chip to continue. In the future all R820T2 RTL-SDRs will transition to the R860 and we are just noting this now so that customers are not surprised if they see R860 markings on future dongles. We warn that some sellers of RTL-SDRs may attempt to market the R860 as an improvement, but we want to make clear that they are indeed identical to the R820T2.
Thank you to Rafael for continuing to support the SDR community, and thanks to all our customers!
We note that Airspy will also be using the R860 in their products as per their latest tweet.
Yes, confirmed. The R860 tuners were tested in the #Airspy SDRs with identical performance. This is still very good news compared to the situation when Rafael Micro obsoleted the R820 series. The transition should be smooth this time.— Youssef (@lambdaprog) January 8, 2021
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