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Ettus Research Introduces high-performance modular SDR platforms

Ettus Research

BANGALORE: Ettus Research, a National Instruments company, presented the USRP X300 and USRP X310 high-performance, modular software defined radio (SDR) platforms.

Mutually both the platforms combine two RF transceivers covering DC-6 GHz with up to 12 0 MHz bandwidth and a large user-programmable Kintex-7 FPGA. The USRP X300 and USRP X310 equally feature multiple high-speed interface options, counting PCI Express, followed by dual 10 Gigabit Ethernet and dual 1 Gigabit Ethernet and is offered in in a convenient desktop or rack-mountable half-wide 1U form factor. The USRP Hardware Driver (UHD) architecture, common to all NI USRP (Universal Software Radio Peripheral) devices, affords an inclusive, easy-to-use interface.

programmatically control

Developers can programmatically control the USRP with the UHD C++ API, or cherry-pick from a comprehensive selection of third-party tools and software such as GNU Radio. The USRP X300 and USRP X310 make use of a flexible software ecosystem to provide cost-effective, high-performance SDR solutions that aid wireless system designers speedily create simple trial products, mature complex systems and fast-track their wireless research.

Together the USRP X300 and USRP X310 power the Kintex-7 family of FPGAs from Xilinx. The USRP X300 uses the XC7K325T, and the USRP X310 is founded on the larger XC7K410T. Kintex-7 FPGAs integrate up to 1,540 DSP48 slices functioning in parallel hence USRP users can array custom or third-party signal processing algorithms against each device. Users can process data in real time using their own DSP algorithms such as filters, modulators/demodulators and coders/decoders. They can also entrée and control the eclectic series of peripherals existing on each USRP, together with the RF front ends.


“The USRP X310 and USRP X300 significantly extend the USRP product family to a new level in capability and processing power,” held Matt Ettus, founder and president of Ettus Research. Rhetoricising further that – “Offering unprecedented levels of real-time signal processing power and RF bandwidth, the USRP X310 and USRP X300 can now address applications such as next generation 5G wireless standard prototyping, multichannel spectrum scanning and analysis and even active radar prototyping and development.”

USRP X310 and USRP X300

Product features:

Two wide-bandwidth RF transceiver slots with up to 120 MHz of real-time bandwidth

10 Gigabit Ethernet and PCI Express bus options for high-bandwidth, low-latency operation

Large customizable Xilinx Kintex-7 FPGA for high performance DSP

GNU Radio support through the open source UHD


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