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The first ever truly embedded SDR

View all updates Aug 22, 2018

Manufacturing Underway

You’re probably wondering what is going on with the project and whether you’re going to get your XTRX any time soon. The short answers are “a lot” and “yes,” respectively.

XTRX Units Manufacturing Progress

While waiting for the components we need to manufacture the current batch, we tested samples of the final revision of the XTRX-USB3 adapter, PCIe adapter, and XTRX rev4 boards. Now we have high confidence that the batch will be manufactured correctly. After a couple weeks of ordering all the components, dealing with suppliers, checking and double-checking everything, the manufacturing is now underway and we should start receiving boards from our fab next week. We’ll then perform functional tests to make sure you’re getting working units. Given the time testing usually takes, we plan to start shipping late in August and continue through September. If something unforeseen comes up, we’ll notify all the backers as soon as possible to manage expectations.

Octopack Shipping Date Slips to October

Unfortunately, we couldn’t get a sample of the synchronization board for Octopack on time, which pushes a realistic shipping date into October. This board is used for clock and time synchronization across multiple XTRX boards and is required if you want to use your Octopack as a massive MIMO system and not just as a pack of independent transceivers.

If you need your Octopack package before October and you don’t need the sync board, please let us know as soon as possible and we will ship it in two parts - Octopack itself first and the sync board with instructions how to mount it later. If we don’t hear from you, you will receive an assembled Octopack as soon as the sync boards are ready.

Current Batch is Sold Out

As some of you already noticed, the delivery date for new orders is now set to 31 December. The current batch of XTRX is sold out (yay!) and we’re now collecting orders for the next batch which we expect to manufacture by the end of the year. Note that this is a tentative date and may change. We tried to be conservative and expect to ship the next batch earlier rather than later. If you need an XTRX by a specific date, write to us and we’ll see what we can do.

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Product Choices



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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



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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