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

Antennas

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(Users of Nutaq’s PicoSDR may optionally purchase the Aaronia OmniLOG 30800 antenna directly from Nutaq.)

The Aaronia OmniLOG 30800 antenna allows a direct field strength reading useful for measurements of exposure limits. Measuring 173mm x 63mm x 9mm (LxWxH) and weighing 54g, the antenna covers a wide frequency range of 300MHz to 8GHz. With it´s very compact size it reaches a very high gain of up to -3dBi.

The frequency range covers the complete 2G/3G/4G cellular, 2,4GHz / 5GHz Wi-Fi, ISM 434, ISM 868 etc. and GPS / GNSS bands within its range.

Features also include linear polarisation, impedance of 50 Ohms, operating temperature range of -40°C to +85°C, and SMA (male) RF connection. The antenna offers a heavy-duty 90-degree knuckle base with the SMA connector. The knuckle base is freely adjustable into each position and fixed by two special ball pressure screws.

  • Wide frequency range 300MHz to 8GHz
  • Perfectly usable with Spectrum Analyzers for omnidirectional measurements
  • SMA-connector with heavy-duty 90° knuckle base
  • Very compact design, lightweight
  • 10 years warranty

Solutions available: SDR Comparison Chart

PicoSDR 2x2PicoSDR 2x2-EPicoSDR 4x4Pico SDR 250-SeriesuSDR420
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Antenna Configuration
Transceiver Configuration2x2 MIMO2x2 MIMO4x4 MIMOUp to 2 baseband IQ samplersUser configurable (eg. 16x16)
Radio Configuration
Carrier frequency300 MHz to 3.8 GHz300 MHz to 3.8 GHz300 MHz to 3.8 GHzUser definedUser defined or 300 MHz to 3.8 GHz
OTA RF Bandwidth1.5 to 28 MHz1.5 to 28 MHz1.5 to 28 MHzUp to 250 MHz1.5 to 28 MHz or Up to 250 MHz
Processing Solutions
FPGAXilinx Virtex-6Xilinx Virtex-6Xilinx Virtex-6 x2Xilinx Virtex-6Xilinx Virtex-6
CPUExternal PC External PC or embedded Quad-Core i7 External PCExternal PC or embedded Quad-Core i7 External PC
Software Tools
Model-based design (Simulink)YesYesYesYesYes
GNU Radio (external & embedded)YesYesYesYesYes
Data Communication Transfer
PCIeYesYesYesYesYes
GigEYesYesYesYesYes
Aurora Point-to-PointYesYesYesYesYes
Form Factor
Dimensions1.9"(H) x 8.5"(W) x 11.4(D)1.9"(H) x 8.5"(W) x 11.4(D)1.9"(H) x 8.5"(W) x 11.4(D)1.9"(H) x 8.5"(W) x 11.4(D)Configuration Dependent Contact Sales
Weight2.4 kg2.6 kg2.4 kg2.4 kgConfiguration Dependent Contact Sales
Power Consumption2x2 : 35W
2x2-E : 55W
4x4 : 70W
 2x2 : 35W
2x2-E : 55W
4x4 : 70W
 2x2 : 35W
2x2-E : 55W
4x4 : 70W
2x2 : 35W
2x2-E : 55W
4x4 : 70W
Configuration Dependent Contact Sales

 

Configurations

picosdr-2x2_0_0

Pico SDR 2×2 Configuration

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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

Towards 5G – A recap

An overview of GPS signal generation