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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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
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: