PicoSDR Series for Wireless Development

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.

  • 4×4 modular FMC-based Radio Heads
  • Software defined up to 6.0 GHz and 56 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

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PicoSDR 4x4-E

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PicoSDR 8x8

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PicoSDR 8x8-E

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Antenna Configuration
Transceiver Configuration 4x4 MIMO 4x4 MIMO 8X8 MIMO 8X8 MIMO
Radio Configuration
Carrier Frequency 56 MHz to 6 GHz 56 MHz to 6 GHz 56 MHz to 6 GHz 56 MHz to 6 GHz
OTA RF Bandwidth 200 kHz to 56 MHz 200 kHz to 56 MHz 200 kHz to 56 MHz 200 kHz to 56 MHz
Processing Solutions
FPGA Xilinx Virtex-6 SX315T Xilinx Virtex-6 SX315T Xilinx Virtex-6 SX475T Xilinx Virtex-6 SX475T
CPU External PC  Embedded Quad-Core Xeon External PC Embedded Quad-Core Xeon
Software Tools
Model-based Design (Simulink) Yes Yes Yes Yes
GNU Radio (External & Embedded) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Data Communication Transfer
PCIe Yes Yes Yes Yes
GigE Yes Yes Yes Yes
Aurora Point-to-Point Yes Yes Yes Yes
Form Factor
Dimensions 55mm x 270mm x 294mm 55mm x 270mm x 294mm 45mm x 365mm x 378mm 45mm x 365mm x 378mm
Weight 2.4 kg  2.75 kg 5.0 kg  5.6 kg
Power Consumption







Pico SDR 2×2 Configuration


Pico SDR 2×2 Embedded Configuration


Pico SDR 4×4 Configuration