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ADI debuts RF transceiver rapid prototyping kit for SDR

11 Aug 2014

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Analog Devices Inc. (ADI) has announced what it flaunts as the industry's first software-defined radio (SDR) rapid prototyping kit with dual 2 x 2 AD9361 RF transceivers to simplify and rapidly prototype 4 x 4 multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) wireless transceiver applications on the Xilinx Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC development platforms.

The AD-FMCOMMS5-EBZ rapid prototyping kit claims to provide a hardware/software ecosystem solution addressing the challenges of SDR transceiver synchronisation experienced by RF and analogue designers when implementing systems using MIMO architectures.

The AD-FMCOMMS5-EBZ rapid prototyping kit includes an FPGA mezzanine card (FMC) featuring two of ADI's AD9361 2 x 2 RF transceivers and support circuitry, reference designs, design and simulation tools for MathWorks, hardware description language (HDL) code, device drivers for Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoCs and online support at ADI's EngineerZone for rapid prototyping to reduce development time and risk.

The AD-FMCOMMS5-EBZ rapid prototyping kit is the fifth SDR rapid prototyping kit ADI has introduced in the last year to help customers address the global SDR market. SDR MIMO applications range from defence electronics and RF instrumentation to communications infrastructure and include active antennas, transmit beamforming, receive angle of arrival systems and open-source SDR development projects.


The AD9361 operates over a frequency range of 70MHz to 6GHz. It is a complete radio design that combines multiple functions, including an RF front end, mixed-signal baseband section, frequency synthesisers, two ADCs and two direct conversion receivers in a single chip. The AD9361 supports channel bandwidth from less than 200kHz to 56MHz, and is highly programmable, offering the widest dynamic range available in the market with modern noise figure and linearity, noted ADI.

SimRF by MathWorks provides a simulation engine for designing RF systems and includes models of the AD9361 and AD9364 for a seamless transition from software simulation to hardware in the loop. In addition, the FIR Filter Design MATLAB application can be used to select and design digital filters for the AD9361 with minimum trial and error, create custom filters, and examine filter performance. The output can be exported into a SimRF model or hardware. ADI offers a comprehensive suite of RF design tools including ADIsimRF, ADIsimPLL and ADIsimCLK.

The AD-FMCOMMS5-EBZ is available for $1125 in FMC package.

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