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.

  • 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-E PicoSDR 8x8 or 8x8-E
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Antenna Configuration
Transceiver Configuration 4x4 MIMO 8x8 MIMO
Radio Configuration
Carrier frequency 56 MHz to 6 GHz 56 MHz to 6 GHz
OTA RF Bandwidth 200 kHz to 56 MHz 200 kHz to 56 MHz
Processing Solutions
FPGA Xilinx Virtex-6 x2 Xilinx Virtex-6 x2
CPU  External PC or embedded Quad-Core i7  External PC
Software Tools
Model-based design (Simulink) Yes Yes
GNU Radio (external & embedded) Yes Yes
Data Communication Transfer
PCIe Yes Yes
GigE Yes Yes
Aurora Point-to-Point Yes Yes
Form Factor
Dimensions 48.05 mm x 215 mm x 290 mm 45 mm x 365 mm x 378 mm)
Weight 2.4 kg (4x4) / 3.0 kg (4x4-E) 5.0 kg (8x8) / 5.6 kg (8x8-E)
Power Consumption 4x4: 35W
4x4-E: 60W
8x8: 61W
8x8-E: 86W




Pico SDR 2×2 Configuration


Pico SDR 2×2 Embedded Configuration


Pico SDR 4×4 Configuration