by Fairwaves

The first ever truly embedded SDR

View all updates Sep 16, 2019

GNU Radio Conference, New XCOM and XYNC Campaigns, and Details on RF Bandwidth and Sample Rate

New Campaigns: XCOM and XYNC

We’ve just pre-launched two new crowdfunding campaigns born out of our experience with XTRX:

  • XCOM: A compact, embedded x86 platform for SDR and other applications. Designed for Fairwaves own cellular base stations, it fuses all the experience we've gained about building rugged embedded systems.
  • XYNC: The ultimate low-cost massive MIMO SDR, with up to 32x32 transmit/receive channels. Known as "Octopack" during the original XTRX campaign, it was so popular, we decided to graduate it into a separate product line.

Subscribe to both projects to find out when they launch and stay updated. Also, please let us know your feedback and questions!

GNU Radio Conference 2019

If you’re attending GNU Radio Conference this week in Huntsville, Alabama, USA, please find our CTO Alexander Chemeris to ask questions and see XCOM samples. If you’ve used XTRX, we would appreciate your feedback.

RF Bandwidth and Sample Rate Explanation

We often get these questions, so we decided to add sections about XTRX RF bandwidth and sampling rate and throughput limits. Check it out if you’re wondering what affects these values and their limits.

$721,749 raised

of $90,000 goal

801% Funded! Order Below

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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