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National Instruments USRP-2943R (1.2 GHz to 6 GHz SDR)

MANUFACTURER National Instruments (manufacturer's website)
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The NI USRP RIO software defined radio (SDR) platform provides an integrated hardware and software solution for rapidly prototyping high-performance wireless communication systems.

It features a state-of-the-art dual RF transceiver with high-performance Kintex-7 FPGA processing in a half-1U rack-mountable enclosure. The Kintex-7 FPGA is a reconfigurable LabVIEW FPGA target that incorporates DSP48 coprocessing for high-rate, low-latency applications.

The MXI-Express port offers a PCI Express x4 connection back to the system controller to allow up to 800 MB/s of streaming data transfer to your desktop, laptop, or PXI Express host computer. You also can use it to connect up to 18 USRP RIO devices to a single PXI chassis and then daisy chain those together for high-bandwidth and high-channel-count applications.

USRP RIO is powered by the LabVIEW reconfigurable I/O (RIO) architecture, which is an integral part of NI’s graphical system design approach. It combines the open LabVIEW graphical programming environment with high-performance hardware to dramatically simplify development, which results in higher quality designs that can incorporate custom design. Using the LabVIEW RIO architecture, new USRP RIO provides an effective combination of flexibility and performance ideally suited for applications ranging from 5G wireless communication research to Massive MIMO solutions.


Tunable center frequency from 1.2 GHz to 6 GHz; 40 MHz or 120 MHz/channel real-time bandwidth option 2x2 MIMO with the ability to expand to higher channel count MIMO systems DSP-focused Xilinx Kintex-7 FPGA, K7410T, programmable with the LabVIEW FPGA Module Optimized RF performance with the LabVIEW FPGA Module High-speed, low-latency PCI Express x4, 800 MB/s, connection to the host Windows 7/Vista/XP compatibility, NI technical support, and 1-year extendable warranty

Item ID #1544.

Last Updated: 28th June, 2016