All News | Boards | Chips | Devices | Software | LinuxDevices.com Archive | About | Contact | Subscribe
Follow LinuxGizmos:
Twitter Facebook Pinterest RSS feed
*   get email updates   *

AntSDR E200 features ZYNQ FPGA and AD936x chipsets

May 23, 2023 — by Giorgio Mendoza 1,004 views

CrowdSupply featured today the new AntSDR E200 software-defined radio (SDR) educational platform optimized for applications involving Wi-Fi, GSM, LTE and other wireless solutions.

The product page shows that there are two AntSDR E200 variants available. However, both variants integrate a Xilinx FPGA from the Zynq-7000 family.

— ADVERTISEMENT —


  • XC7Z020-CLG40085k Logic Cells, 53K LUTs, 220 DSP slices, Dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore w/ CoreSight (up to 866 MHz)


AntSDR E200 block diagram
(click image to enlarge)

The main difference between both variants appears to be the RF Agile transceiver featured. One of the variants comes with the AD9363 (Analog Devices) which operates in the 325MHz to 3.8GHz range and supports channel bandwidths from less than 200KHz to 20MHz.


AntSDR E200 comparison table
(click image to enlarge)

Similarly, the other variant accommodates the AD9361 chipset with channel bandwidth support from less than 200KHz to 56KHz. Its receiver LO (Lower-Oscillator) operates from 70MHz to 6GHz and its transmitter LO operates from 47MHz to 6.0GHz range. 

Microphase has provided Wiki pages for documentation and a GitHub repository for firmware support. Additionally, the AntSDR E200 supports Libiio API and UHD. Refer to the demo above for more details.

   
AntSDR E200 peripherals
(click images to enlarge)

Specifications listed for the AntSDR E200 include: 

  • Memory/Storage:
    • 512MB DDR3
    • 256Mb QSPI flash memory
    • 1x MicroSD card slot
  • Connectivity:
    • 1x Gigabit LAN port
    • 2x SMA and 2x U.FL connectors
  • I/O Interfaces:
    • 8x PL GPIO interfaces
  • Debug:
    • FPGA JTAG connectors
  • Other Features:
    • 40M VCXO and PPS/10M Reference clock input
    • 12-bit ADC and DAC
  • Software:
    • Full Linux system running on the ARM core

Further information

The SDR E200 w/ the 9363 chip costs $299.00 and $499.00 for the variant w/ the 9361 chip. The product page is also offering other accessories such as a compatible case, USB cables, antennas, etc. Orders are estimated to be shipped around September 2023.

(advertise here)


Print Friendly, PDF & Email
PLEASE COMMENT BELOW

2 responses to “AntSDR E200 features ZYNQ FPGA and AD936x chipsets”

  1. JustARandomGuy says:

    Looks very interesting, I wonder how good will be the software support.
    But I will observe it closely.

  2. RWood says:

    I’ve never dealt with the libiio interface, but I’ve used and programmed (a little) the UHD interface (with Ettus B200-series USB SDRs). The UHD driver is widely supported by SDR applications on both Linux and Windows (probably IOS as well, I don’t know). If they have a good UHD setup, pretty much any popular SDR environment should work without a problem. I frequently use GQRX, Gnuradio, and some simple self-written code with UHD devices. I don’t do anything advanced, just spectrum monitoring and simple RF cable/antenna testing so I haven’t had a need to do anything that would stress the device’s capabilities or the UHD API.

    I decided to back the project and am hopeful that it will actually ship. If its half as good as a B200, then it’ll be a bargain (its < half the cost of the cheapest B200 series device!). I could never justify buying a B200 for my own use, but at this price its not too much of a stretch.

Please comment here...