by Fairwaves

The first ever truly embedded SDR

View all updates Sep 04, 2018

First 100 Units

The fab started shipping XTRX units to us

The most exciting picture of today:

This is a box with the first 100 units of XTRX we’ve received from the fab in our Boston office yesterday! Sergey and Andy are now busy preparing everything for automated testing so we can be ready to test hundreds of units quickly.

They’ve also completed manual testing of the essential functionality of one random unit from that batch to ensure that the fab didn’t make any mistakes when programming their assembly line. With no issues found so far, we can give the fab the green light to continue manufacturing the rest of the batch.

USB3 enclosure manufacturing timeline

We’ve just received an update from the fab we’re using for the USB3 enclosure manufacturing and it looks like shipping for orders with USB3 adapter will slip by a month (tentatively). Here is the timeline provided by the fab:

This means the fab will ship the enclosures to us no earlier than September 21st in the optimistic scenario. We will continue working with the fab to expedite the process but with the timeline, it looks like we’ll be able to start shipping orders with USB3 adapters (including the XTRX Delux Bundle) by the end of September or early October. We’ll keep everyone posted about the progress and any changes in this estimate. If you ordered an XTRX with a USB3 adapter and you need it urgently, please write to us and we’ll ship the XTRX to you first and ship the USB3 adapter later. If we don’t hear from you, we’ll ship everything together.

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Product Choices


XTRX Pro Rev 5

XTRX Pro Rev 5 board. Does not include any cables, antennas, or adapter boards.


PCIe x2 Lite Adapter

This PCIe card securely holds an XTRX board (not included) so it can be used in a standard PCIe x4 slot. 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. Includes six SMA-to-U.FL cables, two screws for mounting your an XTRX board, and four 8 cm U.FL-to-U.FL cables.


4G/LTE External Antenna

From the Crowd Supply Basics project.

Abracon External Antennas exhibit low return loss characteristics, high gain, and Low Voltage Standing Ratio (VSWR). These external antennas are linearly polarized and come in a low profile package.


U.FL-to-SMA Cable

From the Crowd Supply Basics project.

A Hirose U.FL to SMA (jack) bulkhead straight connector with a 1.32 mm diameter cable. Less than -2 dB cable insertion loss up to 6 GHz. Both connectors are gold-plated brass and the cable conductor is silver-coated copper.


Active GPS Antenna

From the Crowd Supply Basics project.

A low-noise active GPS antenna suited for the GPS L1 band. Accepts 3-5V DC and outputs RF via an SMA(m) connector. Optional adhesive mounting.



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


Sergey Kostanbaev

Software & Firmware Development

Andrey Sviyazov

Hardware Design

Albert Gardiner


Andrey Bakhmat


Andy Avtushenko


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