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SDR SOM cuts design time of wireless comm systems

Posted: 15 Sep 2015     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Avnet  software-defined radio  system-on-module  wireless  Xilinx 

Avnet Inc. has rolled out the PicoZed SDR Z7035/AD9361 that the company describes as a rugged, low-power, small footprint system-on-module (SOM) that combines critical RF signal path and high-speed programmable logic. According to the company, the solution allows designers to slash cycle times for development of RF-to-baseband signal processing cores for wireless communications systems.

The fully verified PicoZed software-defined radio SOM claims to provide frequency-agile wideband 2x2 receive and transmit paths in the 70MHz to 6GHz range, making it suitable for both fixed and mobile SDR applications, the company indicated.

The PicoZed SDR Z7035/AD9361 SOM, which combines the Analog Devices AD9361 integrated RF Agile Transceiver with the Xilinx Z-7035 Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC is supported by robust simulation and code generation tools that integrate seamlessly with Xilinx Vivado Design Suite. For fast prototyping of software-defined radio products, Avnet has also released the PicoZed SDR Development Kit, which bundles everything required to kick start a software-defined radio design, including the PicoZed SDR Z7035/AD9361 SOM, a carrier card for prototyping with standard high bandwidth interfaces such as USB, dual gigabit Ethernet, small form factor pluggable/common public radio interface and RF power modules. Fast data exchange with MATLAB and Simulink is supported for system design and test along with hardware/software codesign workflows for system deployment.

The PicoZed SDR development kit includes: PicoZed SDR Z7035/AD9361 SOM (100mm x 62mm, sub 5W typical), PicoZed SDR FMC carrier card, 12V power supply, Pulse LTE/MIMO 2x2 antenna (WA700-2700), SD memory card, HDMI, USB, Ethernet and U.FL cables, Quick Start Card and optional MathWorks Communications Design Package.

To help wireless system designers maximize the potential of PicoZed SDR, Avnet will offer a series of software-defined radio SpeedWay Design Workshops in collaboration with Analog Devices, MathWorks and Xilinx starting in November 2015.

The PicoZed SDR Z7035/AD9361 SOM is available from Avnet Electronics Marketing for $1095. The PicoZed SDR Development Kit is offered at $1799 and the PicoZed SDR FMC Carrier Card is $595.

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