GIGA Series Software Defined Radio Modules

Scientific Value, LLC is excited to present plans for a line of software-defined radio (SDR) modules that will be available soon to researchers, developers, students, and hobbyists in the US.

The first models in the pipeline are aligned with the Red Pitaya Software-Defined Radio (SDR) low-frequency SDR core, and together they will offer dynamic range and selectivity far beyond anything else available; these two parameters in particular are absolutely critical for applications such as:

  • Radar
  • Simultaneous transmit and receive (STAR)
  • Monostatic sensors
  • RF network analyzer
  • Anti-jam/Congested environments
  • Retro-directive applications
  • Phased arrays and adaptive applications

The Giga series SDR modules achieve operation at up to 6 GHz, and at present two modules have been designed and are in the PCB layout and prototyping stages of development:

  • Giga Synth: 2 channel, 4 output 6 GHz RF local oscillator synthesizer core with +10 dBm output power
  • Giga Tune: 2 channel simultaneous transmit and receive module with an incredible +30 dBm receive IP3 and +20 dBm transmit power

The modules are stackable (same form factor as the Red Pitaya), and 2×2 MIMO is achieved with 1 Red Pitaya, 1 Giga Synth, and two Giga Tune modules. Fully synchronous operation is built in as a core concept, not an afterthought, and can be configured with a variety of star or daisy-chain topologies.

The modules can be embedded and operated independently, with various microcontroller (Raspberry PI, Arduino, Beaglebone, etc.) solutions, or with higher-speed logic/SDR modules such as the Red Pitaya.

In addition to superior RF performance where it counts most, the price point of the modules will be far lower than other solutions such as the National Instruments Ettus Research SDR line, putting innovation, experimentation, and exploration within reach for a much larger segment of the population.

Physics are physics, and the plethora of modules out there with the critical “iron” of the RF front ends embodied in the same vanilla single-chip solution with weak dynamic range and marginal selectivity just can’t match the performance of a careful discrete component design with the right parts.