Ettus USRP B210: 2x2, 70MHz-6GHz SDR/Cognitive Radio

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The USRP B210 provides a fully integrated, single-board, Universal Software Radio Peripheral (USRP™) platform with continuous frequency coverage from 70 MHz – 6 GHz. Designed for low-cost experimentation, it combines the AD9361 RFIC direct-conversion transceiver providing up to 56MHz of real-time bandwidth, an open and reprogrammable Spartan-6 FPGA, and fast SuperSpeed USB 3.0 connectivity. Full support for the USRP Hardware Driver™ (UHD) software allows you to immediately begin developing with GNU Radio, prototype your own GSM base station with OpenBTS, and seamless transition code from the USRP B210 to higher performance, industry-ready USRP platforms. An enclosure accessory kit is available to users of green PCB devices (revision 6 or later) to assemble a protective steel case.

Experimentation with Low-cost SDR

Experiment with the USRP B210 across a wide range of applications including: FM and TV broadcast, cellular, GPS, WiFi, ISM, and more. Users can immediately begin prototyping in GNURadio and participate in the open-source SDR community. Full support by the UHD software allows seamless code reuse from existing designs, compatibility with open-source applications like HDSDR and OpenBTS, and an upgrade path to industry-ready USRP systems to meet application requirements.

B210 System Architecture

The integrated RF frontend on the USRP B210 is designed with the new Analog Devices AD9361, a single-chip direct-conversion transceiver, capable of streaming up to 56 MHz of real-time RF bandwidth. The B210 uses both signal chains of the AD9361, providing coherent MIMO capability. Onboard signal processing and control of the AD9361 is performed by a Spartan-6 XC6SLX150 FPGA connected to a host PC using SuperSpeed USB 3.0. The USRP B210 real time throughput is benchmarked at 61.44MS/s quadrature, providing the full 56 MHz of instantaneous RF bandwidth to the host PC for additional processing using GNU Radio or applications that use the UHD API. For detailed throughput capabilities in various SISO and MIMO configurations, please see the USRP B200/B210 Benchmark Table.

The hardware is conveniently accessible through the USRP Hardware Driver (UHD). UHD provides both a C/C++ and Python API that supports all USRP products and enables users to efficiently develop applications then seamlessly transition designs between platforms as requirements expand. UHD also offers cross-platform support for multiple industry standard development environments and frameworks, including RFNoC, LabVIEW, and MATLAB/Simulink. To ensure you have no restrictions on how you use UHD, it is available on Linux, Windows, and Mac OS. Do you prefer graphical programming? Try out GNU Radio, a free and open-source software development framework offering a graphical design approach.

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 RF Specifications
    • Xilinx Spartan-6 XC6SLX150 FPGA
    • Fully-coherent 2x2 MIMO capability
    • Channels: 2 TX & 2 RX, Half or Full Duplex
    • Frequency range: 70 MHz to 6 GHz
    • Instantaneous Bandwidth:
      • Up to 56 MHz in 1x1
      • Up to 30.72 MHz in 2x2
    • SSB/LO Suppression: .35/50 dBc
      • 3.5 GHz deg RMS
      • 6 GHz deg RMS
    • IIP3 (at typical NF): .20 dBm
    • Power Output: >10 dBm
    • Receive Noise Figure: <8 dB
 Conversion Performance and Clocks
    • ADC Sample Rate (Max.): 61.44 MS/s
    • ADC Resolution: 12 bits
    • ADC Wideband SFDR: 78 dBc
    • DAC Sample Rate (Max.): 61.44 MS/s
    • DAC Resolution: 12 bits
    • Host Sample Rate (16b): 61.44 MS/s
    • Frequency Accuracy: ±2.0 ppm
    • W/ GPS Unlocked TCXO Reference: ±75 ppb
    • W/ GPS Locked TCXO Reference: <1 ppb
    • DC Input: 6V (DC power supply included)
    • Grounded mounting holes
    • USB 3.0 SuperSpeed interface
    • Standard USB 3.0 connector
    • GPIO capability
    • Dimensions: 97 x 155 x 15 mm
    • Weight: 350 g
    • Operating Temp. Range: 0 - 45 °C
    • USRP Hardware Driver 3.9.2 (or later)
    • GNU Radio, C++ and Python APIs
    • 10 MHz clock reference
    • PPS time reference
 Product Compliance
    • HTC: 8471809000
    • ECCN: 3A992.a
  • USRP B210 board
  • USRP Enclosure Kit is available as a bundle option and can also be purchased separately
  • USB 3.0 cable
  • Universal power supply

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