XTRX

by Fairwaves

The first ever truly embedded SDR

View all updates 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!

Meantime we’re working hard to produce XTRX rev3 prototypes by GRCon’17 and show some cool demos. No promises so far though.

Andrey has just finished 7th redesign of rev3 (I think 7th, I’ve lost count at some point) and we’re preparing files for prototype manufacturing. I thought we’re done when Andey finished the 6th redesign, but then Andrey and Sergey found that XTRX is dissipating almost 1W of power at a linear converter that powers the analog part of XTRX. And 1 W is a too big part of the 2.5 W power budget to be ignored. Then they found why XTRX was not working well at high temperatures at high frequencies – LMS7002M built-in LDO degrades with temperature and doesn’t provide enough current to run the chip. So Andrey and Sergey decided to fix this with a small change in the XTRX power system. Then the change became bigger, and bigger, and bigger, since there isn’t any end to perfection. In the end they’ve changed the whole power supply of XTRX (about 20% of the components). And now there is almost no space left on the board.

As the result XTRX will be much more power efficient and stable. And it will have “deep sleep” mode when the whole board shuts down and consumes almost no power. Exact figures will be known when we get the prototypes from the fab. Stay tuned.


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$550

XTRX Pro

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


$799

XTRX Pro Deluxe Bundle

Get an XTRX Pro 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.


$5,999

XTRX Pro PCIe Octopack

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


$2,500

XTRX Pro Early Access

Here's your chance to get an XTRX Pro board right away. We'll send you an XTRX Pro prototype board within two weeks of you placing your order and we'll follow up with a production version as soon as they come off the assembly line. Only a handful available.

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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