Ettus Research Blog

By Nate Temple | Tuesday, January 22, 2019
From the proceedings of GNU Radio Conference 2018. This presentation will illustrate how to use GNU Radio and USRP SDRs to explore and manipulate the Electromagnetic Spectrum to see the world around us in extraordinary ways. In what can only be described as "real life magic", we will challenge your horizons and redefine what is possible.
Thursday, January 3, 2019
Ettus Research, a National Instruments brand, is proud to announce the USRP E320 software defined radio (SDR), which brings performance to embedded SDR by offering four times more FPGA resources compared to its predecessor USRP E31x devices.
By James Kimrey | Monday, September 10, 2018

Open-source software initiatives require an active ecosystem of contributors to work effectively and for the software to be useful and have a decent lifespan. NI remains committed to open-source software and the future evolutions and use of SDRs in new and exciting applications that you, the GNU Radio community, will create!


Monday, September 18, 2017

Martin Braun's presentation slides from "You have turned on the Future" Updates from Ettus Research R&D talk at the GNU Radio Conference 2017

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Manuel Uhm presentation slides from Ettus research: Future Directions talk at GRCon 2017.
By Colin Bauer | Thursday, June 1, 2017
It was a busy week for the USRP at NIWeek. Check out the keynote and demo videos from the event.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
"An NI Engineer's Perspective on the DARPA Spectrum Collaboration Challenge" blog from National Instruments
Friday, February 24, 2017
The accepted teams for the RFNoC & Vivado HLS Challenge
Friday, October 21, 2016
"Practical Software Radio: Why Things Don't Always Match the Textbooks" Presentation by Matt Ettus.
By Manuel Uhm | Friday, September 16, 2016
Recap of some of the big announcements from Ettus Research at GRCon 2017.
By Colin Bauer | Thursday, June 30, 2016
Averna wins 2016 Frost & Sullivan Global Leasership Award for the Multi-Channel RF Record & Playback soultion that utilizes two USRP X300 software-defined radios.
Friday, March 4, 2016

Check out this research being done on Elliptic Curve Digital Signature Algorithm (ECDSA) key extraction by Genkin et al.. Their research utilized both Ettus Reserch and National Instruments hardware.

"For digitizing the analog signal, we used one of two instruments. For the best robustness during initial characterization, as described below in this subsection, we used a National Instruments PCI- 6115 data acquisition device, sampling at 10 Msample/sec with 12 bits of ADC resolution. For key extraction, described in Section 3.2, we used an Ettus N200 software defined radio device, with its LFRX daughterboard, sampling at 1 Msample/sec."

To read the full article click here


By Amy Cearley | Thursday, September 10, 2015
Join us in Stockholm on September 29 - October 2 for DySPAN 2015 for a unique blend of policy and technology topics focused on addressing the rapid growth in wireless traffic through spectrum reuse with a keynote presented by Matt Ettus. 
By Amy Cearley | Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Comtech EF Data Corp.'s AHA Products Group announced today, the successful demonstration of a complete DVB-S2X Modem in the Ettus X310 USRP™ Software Defined Radio (SDR) platform. 
By Amy Cearley | Tuesday, June 23, 2015
The Wireless Symposium @ Virginia Tech is an annual event where leaders and researchers from the wireless community meet and discuss latest developments. Ettus Research has been a part of this for a long time,and attended this year's symposium with a few members of our R&D team.
By Amy Cearley | Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Congratulations to Matt Ettus, President and Founder of Ettus Research, for his tremendous accomplishment on winning the International Achievement Award

By Ben Hilburn | Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Software defined radios (SDR) are not a novel concept; the original concept of a software radio first appeared thirty years ago. Due to the high cost of SDR hardware, though, software radio platforms really haven't been available as 'consumer' devices until recently. The wide availability of software defined radios for students, engineers & scientists, and hobbyists, was really kicked off by Matt Ettus in 2004. Since then, the use of the software defined radio has proliferated through many fields of communications and electronics.

By Wan Liu | Friday, March 20, 2015
Visit the Ettus Research booth at WInnComm 2015 for a chance to win a USRP B200 and a spot in a SDR training course, brought to you by Ettus Research, Cogran Labs, and GNU Radio.
By Amy Cearley | Friday, January 16, 2015
10 years have passed since the release of the USRP platform. Matt Ettus sat with me to recap how it all began and what's in store for the future of the USRP platform.
By Jose Loera | Thursday, November 20, 2014
Ettus Research, a National Instruments company, today unveiled the USRP E310 software defined radio (SDR) platform that integrates a flexible 2x2 MIMO RF transceiver, reconfigurable DSP oriented FPGA, and a dual core ARM processor running embedded Linux for stand-alone, deployed SDR applications.
By Balint Seeber | Monday, July 7, 2014

Puerto Rico is host to many interesting sights: lush greenery covering rolling hills as far as the eye can see, emergency first responder vehicles that always have their lights flashing even when not on call, the best crab turnovers, and the Arecibo Radio Observatory – the world's largest single-dish radio telescope. As luck would have it, multiple Ettus Research USRP N210s are now connected to the telescope for the purpose of communicating with an all-but-forgotten 36 year old NASA space probe known as the International Cometary Explorer.


By John Malsbury | Wednesday, May 7, 2014
During a recent business trip to Europe I had the opportunity to do a bit of sightseeing in London. I was also fortunate enough to visit on a warm sunny day, which has been a bit of a rarity this year. While walking through town, I realized that I had all of the components I needed to do some quick experiments with my SDR (software defined radio) near the important landmarks – Big Ben, the London Bridge, etc. This is a short write-up about my experiences in London, my stop on the "USRP World Tour".
By Matt Ettus | Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Earlier this month, Ettus Research announced its newest addition to the USRP software defined radio family – the release of the USRP ™ X300 and X310. So far, the community has expressed excitement about the product and its high-performance nature.  We thought we would take opportunity to highlight features, discuss the new applications this series enables, and paint a picture of how it fits into the overall Ettus Research product portfolio. 

Thursday, January 9, 2014
Today, Ettus Research introduces the USRP X300 and USRP X310; high-performance, modular software defined radio (SDR) platforms that combine two RF transceivers covering DC – 6 GHz with up to 120 MHz bandwidth, multiple high-speed interface options
By Erik Luther | Thursday, September 12, 2013

Inspired by the capabilities of the new USRP B200 Software Defined Radio, our own Balint Seeber – Ettus Research Applications Engineer by day and SDR wizard by night, set out to show what the new USRP is capable of with a broad frequency coverage from 70 MHz – 6 GHz, a bandwidth of 56 MHz, and entirely USB 3.0 bus powered, board-only design. We didn't see Balint for a week after we handed him the B200 device. I did have the chance to interview him when he got back.  Here's his story:

Thursday, August 22, 2013
The USRP B200 (1x1) and B210 (2x2) each provide a fully integrated, single board, Universal Software Radio Peripheral platforms with continuous frequency coverage from 70 MHz-6 GHz.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Ettus Research and The GNU Radio Project are proud to announce that registration for GNU Radio Conference 2013 is open.
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Ettus Research is pleased to announce two new products: the CBX (1.2 GHz - 6 GHz) RF daughterboard and two 8 Channel Clock Distribution Systems, the OctoClock and OctoClock-G.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Beginning today, Ettus Research ordering and fulfillment processes will be handled by National Instruments.
By John Malsbury | Monday, April 1, 2013
Corgan Labs is one of several partners you will find in the USRP ecosystem.  Founded by Johnathan Corgan, long-time release manager of the GNU Radio[link] project, Corgan Labs offers SDR training and application design services.  Recently, Corgan Labs adopted the Ettus Research Instant SDR Kit as a standardized training platform.  Now, attendees can receive low-cost hardware, be up and running quickly for the course, and continue designing with the hardware after the course is complete.
Monday, April 1, 2013

We are pleased to announce that our partner, Corgan Labs, has selected the Ettus Research Instant SDR Kit for their SDR courses. 

Thursday, March 7, 2013
Ettus Research is pleased to announce a distribution partnership with Tenet Technetronics, a global company that develops and distributes electronic development tools and services with a significant presence in India.
By John Malsbury | Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Ettus Research has released the USRP Instant SDR Kit, a low-cost kit with all of the components to get started with SDR quickly.  This is a great way to get involved with the growing open source community!
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Ettus Research continues to break barriers to SDR prototyping with the "USRP Instant SDR Kit".
By John Malsbury | Friday, February 1, 2013
We have recently announced the QR210 Quadradio.  This is a four-channel, coherent receive intend for applications such as beamforming and direction finding (RF localization).
Friday, January 18, 2013
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has recently announced the Spectrum Challenge, a competition that will require participants to develop intelligent radio protocols that improve performance in challenging and dynamic RF environments.  Ettus Research is proud to announce that the Spectrum Challenge has standardized on the USRP product family.
Monday, January 7, 2013

Ettus Research will be exhibiting and presenting at the Wireless Innovation Forum Conference on Communications Technology and Software Defined Radio (SDR-WInnComm).

Monday, December 3, 2012
The Mountain View, CA area is experiencing widespread telephone service outages, which affect Ettus Research.
Monday, November 26, 2012
Ettus Research is hosting a GNU Radio hackfest at its facility in Mountain View, CA.
By John Malsbury | Monday, June 18, 2012
As wireless technology becomes more pervasive in the lives of everyday citizens, the electro-magnetic spectrum becomes increasingly over-crowded. Driven by an escalating demand for mobile data capability, experts in the wireless industry are scrambling to find techniques to satisfy these with the limited amount of RF spectrum that is available. It is very clear that technology must evolve to use this spectrum more efficiently.  The USRP product family has, and will continue to be, a platform that contributors use to develop the technologies that improve the spectral effeciency of our wireless devices.
Monday, June 18, 2012
NAVSYS Releases the GNSS Signal Architect Test Set, an integrated GNSS test system that leverages the flexibility and functionality of the USRP product family.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Ettus Research is pleased to announce a partnership with Corad Technology Limited as the only authorized distributor of Ettus Research USRP™ (Universal Software Radio Peripheral) software defined radios in China.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Ettus Research has released the LiveUSB SDR Environment, which comes pre-installed with Ubuntu 11.10, UHD (USRP Hardware Driver), GNU Radio, OpenBTS, and associated documentation.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Sensing Toolbox Gives Commercial and Academic Wireless Developers
Access to Spectrum Sensing Technology

By Matt Ettus | Tuesday, March 13, 2012
I just got back from the 7th Karlsruhe Workshop on Software Radios (WSR) at the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology in Germany...
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
MathWorks® has released version 3.0 of the support package for the USRP™ family of software radios, adding FPGA implementation of Simulink algorithms on USRP N210 radio, and more.
By Matt Ettus | Thursday, January 26, 2012
Welcome to the Ettus Research blog! If you're an Ettus Research customer, or have been to our website before, you probably notice a lot of changes....
Thursday, January 26, 2012

We're excited to have launched a completely updated version of, which includes new features to help our customers learn more about and be successful with our software defined radio products. With new application notes and knowledge base content on the way, we encourage users to check back soon.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
MathWorks® has released version 2.1 of its support package for the USRP™ family of software radios, including a QPSK digital communications example and support for the SBX daughtercard.
Monday, October 3, 2011
The USRP E110 software defined radio joins the USRP E1xx series, offering a more powerful solution by integrating a larger Xilinx® Spartan® 3A-DSP3400 FPGA. The introductory price is $1500 and it is ready to ship.
Monday, October 3, 2011
The USRP B100 software defined radio joins the USRP family of products as the latest low cost USB 2.0 option. The introductory price is $650 and it is ready to ship.
Friday, September 23, 2011
MathWorks® has an updated support package for Release 2011b that enables users of MATLAB and Simulink to connect to the USRP™ family of software radios, including revision 4 of the N210 software radio.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
MathWorks® now offers UHD™ support enabling users to connect to the USRP™ family of devices from MATLAB and Simulink. The support package is available as a web download and works with latest version (release R2011a) of Communications System Toolbox™. The download package includes the UHD interface driver, demos, and documentation.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
New! The LPBK-KIT Loop Back Kit is now available for purchase! The kit includes 2 SMA to SMA cables and 2 30dB SMA Attenuators enabling the direct connection between two USRP devices with the proper attenuation to avoid damaging the hardware. For ordering information, please visit our order page.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
New! The LP0965 Log Periodic PCB directional antenna is now available for purchase! It works with any daughterboard that operates within 850 MHz to 6.5 GHz frequency range. It is ideally suited for use with the SBX. For ordering information, please visit our order page.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
The RFX2200 has reached it's End Of Life (EOL). Please consider the SBX transceiver (400 MHz to 4.4 GHz) daughterboard as a replacement.
Friday, April 15, 2011
New! The SBX transceiver (400 MHz to 4.4 GHz) daughterboard is now available for purchase. For ordering information, please visit our order page.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
New! The USRP N200 software defined radio joins the USRP N2xx series, offering a lower cost solution by integrating a lower cost Xilinx® Spartan® 3A-DSP1800 FPGA. The introductory price is $1500. Shipments will begin in early April.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
New! We are pleased to introduce a GPS locked reference oscillator for the USRP N200 series. The kit includes all the components required to install it inside the USRP N200 series chassis.
Friday, January 14, 2011
A key part in the TVRX daughterboard has been discontinued. We can no longer manufacture it and have depleted our stock sooner than expected. A replacement product, the TVRX2 daughterboard, will be available in April 2011.