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Announcing the USRP E320

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. The USRP E320 also introduces improvements in streaming, synchronization, integration, fault-recovery, and remote management capability. 

This field deployable SDR continues to use the 2x2 MIMO AD9361 transceiver from Analog Devices, which covers frequencies from 70 MHz – 6 GHz and provides up to 56 MHz of instantaneous bandwidth. The baseband processor is upgraded to the Xilinx Zynq 7045 SoC, which includes a dual-core ARM CPU for stand-alone operation. Users can deploy applications directly onto the pre-installed embedded Linux operating system or stream samples to a host computer using high-speed interfaces such as 10 Gigabit Ethernet, 1 Gigabit Ethernet, and Aurora over an SFP+ port.   

Users can now implement high channel count MIMO systems by leveraging a flexible synchronization architecture with support for independent clock and PPS time references, as well as a built-in GPSDO module. The USRP E320 is available in two compact and light-weight form factor variants, a 3U board-only and fully enclosed form factor. 

The open source USRP Hardware Driver™ (UHD) API and RF Network-on-Chip (RFNoC™) FPGA development framework reduce software development effort and integrate with a variety of industry-standard tools such as GNU Radio. Users can rapidly prototype and reliably deploy designs for a variety of SDR applications such as spectrum monitoring and analysis, base station and UE emulation, mobile radio, and UAV communication/detection.

 

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