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$420 open-source Artix-7-powered FreeSRP SDR compatible with GNURadio. Covers 70MHz to 6GHz! Now available on Crowd Supply

by Xilinx Employee on ‎04-17-2017 02:05 PM (6,567 Views)

 

What do you do if you want to build a low-cost state-of-the-art, experimental SDR (software-defined radio) that’s compatible with GNURadio—the open-source development toolkit and ecosystem of choice for serious SDR research? You might want to do what Lukas Lao Beyer did. Start with the incredibly flexible, full-duplex Analog Devices AD9364 1x1 Agile RF Transceiver IC and then give it all the processing power it might need with an Artix-7 A50T FPGA. Connect these two devices on a meticulously laid out circuit board taking all RF-design rules into account and then write the appropriate drivers to fit into the GNURadio ecosystem.

 

Sounds like a lot of work, doesn’t it? It’s taken Lukas two years and four major design revisions to get to this point.

 

Well, you can circumvent all that work and get to the SDR research by signing up for a copy of Lukas’ FreeSRP board on the Crowd Supply crowd-funding site. The cost for one FreeSRP board and the required USB 3.0 cable is $420.

 

 

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Lukas Lao Beyer’s FreeSRP SDR board based on a Xilinx Artix-7 A50T FPGA

 

 

 

With 32 days left in the Crowd Supply funding campaign period, the project has raised pledges of a little more than $12,000. That’s about 16% of the way towards the goal.

 

There are a lot of well-known SDR boards available, so conveniently, the FreeSRP Crowd Supply page provides a comparison chart:

 

 

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If you really want to build your own, the documentation page is here. But if you want to start working with SDR, sign up and take delivery of a FreeSRP board this summer.

 

 

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