Key Features:

A powerful MIMO prototyping platform with a model-based design environment & GNU Radio support. Access the power of large FPGAs without needing to write a single line of HDL code and benefits from the community-based GNU Radio librairies on the processor side.

  • 2×2 modular FMC-based Radio Heads
  • Software defined up to 3.8 GHz and 28 MHz BW
  • Model-based Design Support
  • GNU Radio Support (see details)
  • Large Virtex-6 FPGA
  • Embedded or External PC
  • QAM64 OFDM Ref Design
  • Low Latency (75 µs roundtrip) and high speed (10 Gbps) PCIe interface
  • Standard network GigE interface
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Rapid HIL Testing with No HDL Coding Necessary

Our fully integrated model-based design approach lets developers easily move through the model, simulation, code, hardware-in-the-loop, and real-time validation phases…iterating rapidly to refine their algorithms while benefiting from automatic HDL coding tools.

no low-level FPGA coding required

Hardware Ships Fully Debugged & Ready For Code

The PicoSDR ships with a software tool suite that contains all of the necessary IP cores, I/O interfaces, and stand alone APIs needed to enable immediate development of applications on the hardware.

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Reduce Development Time By Up To 70%

Using a combination of our model-based design environment, GNU Radio, our QAM64 OFDM reference design, and auto-generated HDL code can shorten development cycles significantly.

time required for 2 different waveform design approaches

Solutions available: SDR Comparison Chart

PicoSDR 4x4 or 4x4-EPicoSDR 8x8 or 8x8-E
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Antenna Configuration
Transceiver Configuration4x4 MIMO8x8 MIMO
Radio Configuration
Carrier frequency56 MHz to 6 GHz56 MHz to 6 GHz
OTA RF Bandwidth200 kHz to 56 MHz200 kHz to 56 MHz
Processing Solutions
FPGAXilinx Virtex-6 x2Xilinx Virtex-6 x2
CPU External PC or embedded Quad-Core i7 External PC
Software Tools
Model-based design (Simulink)YesYes
GNU Radio (external & embedded)YesYes
Data Communication Transfer
PCIeYesYes
GigEYesYes
Aurora Point-to-PointYesYes
Form Factor
Dimensions48.05 mm x 215 mm x 290 mm45 mm x 365 mm x 378 mm)
Weight2.4 kg (4x4) / 3.0 kg (4x4-E)5.0 kg (8x8) / 5.6 kg (8x8-E)
Power Consumption4x4: 35W
4x4-E: 60W
8x8: 61W
8x8-E: 86W

 

Configurations

picosdr-2x2_0_0

Pico SDR 2×2 Configuration

picosdr-2x2-e_0

Pico SDR 2×2 Embedded Configuration

picosdr-4x4_0

Pico SDR 4×4 Configuration

White Papers

Design and Implementation of Wideband Spectrum Sensing on SDR Platform With Receiver Calibration

Advanced MIMO Waveform Deployment Using GNU Radio

Using TCM Techniques to Decrease BER Without Bandwidth Compromise

Technical articles

Offloading GNU Radio Processing With FPGA Logic

Drexel Develops a Software Defined Communication Testbed Using Nutaq Radios

Slidedecks

DIY OFDM Session

PicoSDR Goes GNU Radio

Blog Articles

Video: Calibration Demo

Multi-user MIMO – Part 1