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XTRX

Jan 15, 2018

XTRX Overclocking - 140 MSPS Receive Demo

For those of you who, like us, don't want to stop where the spec tells you to stop, for those who like beating the record, here is a demo of XTRX receiving 140 MSPS (140 MHz) of SISO spectrum. Read the full update.


Jan 15, 2018

3D Model and Pinouts for XTRX

Now that the XTRX design is finalized, we've published its 3D model files and pinouts. Read the full update.


Jan 14, 2018

High-bandwidth Progress - See What's Happening in the 2.4 GHz Band

When we launched the campaign, we had our XTRX prototypes running stable at 80 MSPS (both SISO and MIMO), but we were saying that we're confident we can go up to 120 MSPS. Read the full update.


Jan 12, 2018

Thank You, Stretch Goals, and a Network Launch

First of all, a big thank you all for supporting XTRX campaign and congratulations to everyone interested in SDR! The $108k/120% funding raised for XTRX so far is the best evidence that it's time for off-the-shelf, embedded SDR solutions. Read the full update.


Dec 15, 2017

RF Performance in the HF Band

We've received so many questions about the HF band and RF performance lower than 30 MHz, that we decided to do a special update. Read the full update.


Dec 12, 2017

Early Bird Octopacks Sold Out & Survey (Take Two)

TL;DR: a very positive response to the Octopack pledge level; we've corrected a mistake in the survey we sent out yesterday. Read the full update.


Dec 10, 2017

Software Release and Call for Proposals

We're giving away a handful of XTRX revision 3 boards to the best proposals on how to use them. We've also released a bunch of software. But first, a big thank you. Read the full update.


Nov 30, 2017

XTRX Campaign is Live!

Thank you for signing up for updates on the XTRX software-defined radio project. The XTRX campaign is going live today; please follow along, pledge, and help spread the word about this project! Read the full update.


Oct 04, 2017

GRCon’17 Slides

Check out slides from our presentation at the GNU Radio Conference 2017 and many other SDR related talks at the GNU Radio Conference 2017. Read the full update.


Sep 28, 2017

XTRX Testing on ARM

A few people asked us about ARM support and most of them were interested in NVidia Tegra, so we grabbed a NVidia Jetson TK1 development kit for testing. Simple cross-compilation of the driver gives us 22 MSPS right away. Read the full update.


Sep 17, 2017

XTRX Prototype Update

Life of a hardware company is never easy. Every error in hardware leads to significant amounts of lost time and money. You can’t just roll-out a hotfix to fix an issue. Which is why we’re taking a rigorous approach to testing our hardware before releasing it to the public. But today’s update is not about testing. Read the full update.


Aug 10, 2017

XTRX Software Status Update

Most of the updates so far were related to hardware design progress, but hardware is nothing without software, so it’s time for a software update. Sergey has been putting massive amount of work into making sure XTRX software is high performance, flexible and stable. And making sure all most popular applications are supported. Read the full update.


Aug 03, 2017

GRCon’17 and XTRX rev3 Ready for Prototyping

Planning to attend GRCon’17? Drop us a message if you want to meet, or just find us there to chat! Read the full update.


Jun 13, 2017

Status Update

Andrey has just finished a redesign of the RF part of XTRX to reduce Tx-Rx leakage and external interference. XTRX has much stronger RF shielding now to protect the most sensitive parts of the RF chains and will hopefully pass our internal tests. Read the full update.


Jun 08, 2017

XTRX Pinout FAQ

Answering most frequently asked questions about a carrier board design for XTRX. Read the full update.


May 03, 2017

XTRX Pinout

First of all – the project is not dead. :-). We decided to spend a bit more time optimizing RF performance to make sure we don’t disappoint you. Read the full update.


Feb 11, 2017

MIMO and Independent Receive/transmit

We often get asked how many receive and transmit chains does XTRX have and whether you can tune them to different frequencies, so I decided to clarify this once and for all. Read the full update.


Jan 23, 2017

Update & 33C3 Talk: Lessons learnt in building a low latency, high throughput PCIe based SDR

We recently gave a talk and a workshop at 33rd Chaos Communication Congress aka 33C3 on funny and not so funny issues one faces while building a high performance SDR. Read the full update.


Jul 05, 2016

First Prototypes

Just got the first batch of test boards. Feels really good to hold them. Onto the testing. Read the full update.


Jun 29, 2016

First Batch of PCBs!

First prototype PCBs are ready for assembly at our fab! Can’t wait to get our hands on the prototypes. Read the full update.


Jun 28, 2016

SPI is Now Working

So while we’re waiting for the first test run of the boards to be manufactured, I have been working on advancing the software side of things. Read the full update.


Jun 17, 2016

Tech Specs for the XTRX

A number of you requested more technical information on the board. Below are the most important parameters of XTRX. We will provide a more detailed view into each of these in followup posts. Read the full update.


Jun 14, 2016

First Post! It’s Tiny!

Now that Umtrx 2.3.1 is out, we wanted to give you a sneak peak at the next SDR board we’ve been working on. We’re calling it XTRX. Read the full update.

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Product Choices

$199

XTRX

Get an XTRX revision 4 board. Does not include any cables, antennas, or adapter boards.


$449

XTRX Deluxe Bundle

Get an XTRX revision 4 board as well as an Antennas + Cables set, a PCIe x2 + Front End Adapter, and a USB 3 Adapter with Aluminum Enclosure (see below for details). Also comes with four extra U.FL-to-U.FL cables and four extra U.FL-to-SMA-male cables.


$59

Antennas + Cables

A full complement of cables and antennas for your XTRX, including four RF antennas (95 mm, 2 dBi, SMA male, GSM/3G/LTE 880 - 960 MHz, 1710 - 1990 MHz), one GPS antenna, and five cables.


$79

USB 3 Adapter with Aluminum Enclosure

This adapter converts your XTRX from Mini PCIe to USB 3 and comes with an aluminum enclosure designed specifically for XTRX. The adapter has three status LEDs, a micro USB 3 port, one SMA connector for the GPS antenna, four SMA connectors for the MIMO Tx/Rx antenna pairs, a micro SIM card slot, and a slot for a GPIO FPC cable. Comes with a USB cable and all RF cables for internally connecting an XTRX to the SMA connectors. Does not include an XTRX, antennas, or FPC cable.


$99

PCIe x2 + Front End Adapter

This PCIe card securely holds an XTRX board (not included) so it can be used in a standard PCIe x4 slot. It includes an RF front end with a LNA and PA for up to 100 mW output on each channel. A TDD switch is incorporated for applications like TDD LTE. You can bypass the front end by attaching cables directly to XTRX. This adapter achieves the full 10 Gbit/s raw bus bandwidth and can be plugged into x4/x8/x16 PCIe slots. A six-pin JTAG connector makes it easy to program and debug the FPGA. A micro SIM card slot is also present.


$2,900

XTRX PCIe Octopack

This single PCIe card comes loaded with eight (8!) removable XTRX boards, metal installation brackets, enough cables for all GPS and MIMO Tx/Rx ports, and a special board for synchronizing all eight XTRX boards.


$1,900

XTRX Beta Tester

Here's your chance to get an XTRX board as soon as possible. We'll send you an XTRX revision 3 board as soon as the campaign reaches its funding goal and we'll follow up with a production version (revision 4) as soon as they come off the assembly line.

Credits

Fairwaves

We are a vertically integrated vendor of cellular equipment focused on the needs of emerging markets. We are developing, manufacturing, deploying, and operating turn-key cellular network solutions including radio equipment, towers, power and backhaul all the way to a core network and SS7 interconnect. Our team has been building software-defined radios and systems based on them since 2009 and is well known for its ClockTamer, UmTRX, and UmSITE products.


Alexander Chemeris

CTO

Sergey Kostanbaev

Software & Firmware Development

Andrey Sviyazov

Hardware Design

Albert Gardiner

CEO

Andrey Bakhmat

Marketing

Andy Avtushenko

Manufacturing

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