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Software-defined radio SOM integrates FPGA, RF transceiver

Posted: 09 Oct 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Avnet? FPGA? RF transceiver? SOM? Analog Devices?

Avnet Inc. has uncloaked what it boasts as a rugged, low-power, small footprint system-on-module (SOM) that combines critical RF signal path and high-speed programmable logic. The fully verified PicoZed SDR Z7035/AD9361 claims to offer frequency-agile wideband 2x2 receive and transmit paths in the 70MHz to 6GHz range, making it ideal for both fixed and mobile SDR applications. The company added that the SOM allows designers to slash cycle times for development of the RF-to-baseband signal processing core for wireless communications systems.

The PicoZed SDR Z7035/AD9361 SOM, which combines the Analog Devices AD9361 integrated RF Agile Transceiver with the Xilinx Zynq-7000 Z-7035All Programmable SoC, is supported by robust simulation and code generation tools that integrate seamlessly with Xilinx Vivado Design Suite. For fast prototyping of software-defined radio products, Avnet offers the PicoZed SDR development kit, which bundles everything required to kick start a software-defined radio (SDR) design, including the PicoZed SDR Z7035/AD9361 SOM, a carrier card for prototyping with standard high bandwidth interfaces such as USB, Dual Gigabit Ethernet, Small Form Factor Pluggable/Common Public Radio Interface and RF power modules. Fast data exchange with MATLAB and Simulink is supported for system design and test along with hardware/software codesign workflows for system deployment. Pre-orders for both the PicoZed SDR Z7035/AD9361 SOM and PicoZed SDR development kit are being accepted and will be fulfilled later this month.

PicoZed SDR Z7035/AD9361 SOM

The PicoZed SDR development kit Includes: PicoZed SDR Z7035/AD9361 SOM (100mm x 62mm, sub 5W typical); PicoZed SDR FMC carrier card; 12V power supply; pulse LTE/MIMO 2x2 antenna (WA700-2700); SD memory card; HDMI, USB, Ethernet and U.FL cables; Quick Start Card; and optional MathWorks Communications Design Package.

To help wireless system designers maximise the potential of PicoZed SDR, Avnet will offer a series of software-defined radio SpeedWay Design Workshops in collaboration with Analog Devices, MathWorks and Xilinx starting in November 2015.

The PicoZed SDR Z7035/AD9361 system-on-module (SOM) is available from Avnet Electronics Marketing for $1095. The PicoZed SDR development kit is offered at $1799 and the PicoZed SDR FMC Carrier Card is $595.

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