XTRX

by Fairwaves

The first ever truly embedded SDR

View all updates 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.

Meantime Andrey Sviyazov has found the first hardware bug, so we know where will have a wire on the prototypes! (every device prototype should have a wire or it’s no fun) We have an RF switch to switch bands and we connected it to 1.8 V control lines. But according to its documentation:

VHIGH = 2.5 V to VDD
VLOW = 0 to 0.8 V
Any state other than described in this Table places the switch into an undefined state.

PS SMT (Surface-mount technology) is a technology used to populate bare PCBs with SMD (surface-mount device) components – basically, a robot putting components on a board and soldering in an oven. XTRX don’t have any through-hole components, – all components are SMD – which means it will be assembled by a robot without any manual soldering. An important optimization for mass production.

PPS – You don’t need a robot if you are resourceful – see http://lowpowerlab.com/blog/2013/03/10/moteino-manual-pick-and-place-smd-assembly/


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Product Choices

$599

XTRX Pro

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


$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.


$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.

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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