It’s a Great Time to Be Software-Defined

It’s that time of the year when the open-source, software defined radio (SDR) community gathers for the annual GNU Radio Conference, or GRCon, for short. The ninth installment of this premier industry event is taking place September 1620 in Huntsville, Alabama, at the Huntsville Marriot at the Space & Rocket Center, and NI is proud to serve as diamond sponsor along with its brand, Ettus Research.

GRCon19 participants have several opportunities to interact with NI subject matter experts through a variety technical sessions, workshops, and live demos. At these forums, participants get to discuss the latest SDR trends, including new USRP innovations, the use of open-source software in 5G wireless technology, and DOD programs. Read on for more details.

Recommended Technical Sessions

Monday, September 16, at 2:00 p.m.—Martin Braun, R&D group manager, will discuss the future of the USRP Hardware Driver 4.0.

Tuesday, September 17, at 2:30 p.m.—Dan Baker, chief hardware architect, and Daniel Jepson, R&D group manager, will deliver two presentations around multichannel synchronization.

Thursday, September 19, at 2:00 p.m.—James Kimery, director of wireless research at NI, will share his perspective on how open-source technology is driving innovation in 5G and defense applications.

Hands-On Workshops

Introduction to GNU Radio using the USRP

Presented by Neel Pandeya and Nate Temple
Monday, September 16, 1:30–5:00 p.m.
Columbia Room
Participation is restricted to those who have paid to attend the conference.
Register for this workshop.

Introduction to FPGA Programming on the USRP using RFNOC

Presented by Neel Pandeya and Jonathon Pendlum
Tuesday, September 17, 1:30–5:00 p.m.
Columbia Room
Participation is restricted to those who have paid to attend the conference.
Register for this workshop.

Introduction to FPGA Programming on the USRP using RFNOC

Presented by Neel Pandeya and Jonathon Pendlum
Wednesday, September 18, 9:30 a.m.– Noon
Columbia Room
Participation is restricted to those who have paid to attend the conference.
Register for this workshop.


See the full list of presenters.

Live Demos

Visit NI’s  booth to see a demonstration of the widest bandwidth USRP yet—the USRP N320 and N321.

Meeting at GRCon

If you wish to meet with an NI representative at the event, contact Haydn Nelson, principal marketing manager.

GRCon promises the SDR community insights, inspiration, and learning opportunities to advance the industry’s future. See you there!