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Ettus Research Releases Revolutionary Software Defined Radio with Kintex-7

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 (PCIe, dual 10 GigE, dual 1 GigE), and a large user-programmable Kintex-7 FPGA in a convenient desktop or rack-mountable half-wide 1U form factor. The USRP Hardware Driver (UHD) architecture, common to all USRP devices, provides a comprehensive, easy-to-use interface.  Developers can programmatically control the USRP with the UHD C++ API, or leverage a wide selection of third-party tools and software such as GNU Radio.  The USRP X300 and X310 leverage an extensible software ecosystem to deliver cost-effective, high-performance SDR solutions that enable wireless system designers to quickly create simple prototypes, develop complex systems, and accelerate their wireless research.

Both the USRP X300 and X310 leverage the Kintex-7 family of FPGAs from Xilinx.  The USRP X300 uses the KintexXC7K325T, and the X310 is based on the larger XC7K410T.  The Kintex-7 FPGA integrates up to 1,540 DSP48 slices operating in parallel enabling USRP users to deploy custom or third party signal processing algorithms onto each device. Users can not only process data in real-time using their own DSP algorithms such as filters, modulators/demodulators, and coders/decoders but they can also access and control the wide range of peripherals available on each USRP including the RF front ends. 

"The USRP X310 and X300 significantly extend the USRP  product family to a new level in capability and processing power", says Matt Ettus, Founder and President of Ettus Research.  " Offering unprecedented levels of real-time signal processing power and RF bandwidth, the X310 and X300 can now address applications such as next generation 5G wireless standard prototyping , multi-channel spectrum scanning and analysis, and even active radar prototyping and development." 

 

 

Product Features:

  • Two wide bandwidth RF transceiver slots with up to 120 MHz of real time bandwidth
  • 10 Gb Ethernet and PCIe bus options for high bandwidth, low latency operation
  • Large customizable Xilinx Kintex 7-series FPGA for high performance DSP
  • GNURadio support through the open-source USRP Hardware Driver™ (UHD)

 

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