Synchronised RF transceiver rapid prototyping kit for software defined radio

August 06, 2014 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Analog Devices claims to offer 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 provides a hardware/software ecosystem solution addressing the challenges of SDR transceiver synchronization experienced by RF and analog designers when implementing systems using MIMO architectures.

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

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

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™.

View this video on the rapid prototyping kits:
http://videos.analog.com/video/products/rf-ics/3701552681001/Synchronized-RF-Transceiver-Rapid-Prototyping-Kit-for-SDR

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