XTRX

by Fairwaves

The first ever truly embedded SDR

View all updates Feb 07, 2019

USB 3 Adapter Assembly Instructions & Other Community Contributions

It’s so exciting and motivating to see a community actively engaging with a product you’ve developed, helping each other resolve issues. Even more exciting is to see the quality and wide range of contributions we’re receiving. It’s beyond what we expected.

As an open source software project, we unsurprisingly have a live software issue tracker with people not only reporting bugs but also suggesting fixes and porting the software to various Linux distributions.

Some users write to us privately via our Contact Us form and often offer their help resolving issues with platforms we haven’t had access to ourselves. For example, credit for resolving the mystery of XTRX hanging some motherboards goes to a community member, with just a little guidance from our team.

If you don’t have strong software or hardware skills, you can contribute in the form of blog posts, documentation, and usability improvements. These contributions are no less noble than the ones in software and hardware.

For example, many backers found it challenging to assemble the USB 3 adaptor, which we ship disassembled if you order it separately. Assembly isn’t actually that complicated if you know how to do it. This easy-to-digest video was been contributed by another community member, Pavel Zhovner, to help fellow XTRX users:

Pavel has made some other great contributions for the USB 3 Adapter as well:

He also started adding support for XTRX into Universal Radio Hacker, which is easy-to-use software for investigating unknown wireless protocols. However, he’s stuck due to a lack of C/Python skills. Consider helping him and the rest of the community by contributing to this URH ticket if you’re proficient in C/Python.

Finally, to answer a common question: Yes, we’re planning a forum/wiki to make interaction among XTRX users easier and to facilitate further user contributions. Fixing issues and shipping orders have been taking priority so far, but we’ll get there. Stay tuned.

A warm thank you to everyone contributing and don’t be afraid to ask questions and to report issues!


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Product Choices

$599

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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