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We made it!

 

Thank you for the support everyone. It has been a hard yet fun and very rewarding road getting to this point.

In the coming weeks we are going to mail the beta units to our backers, finish sourcing all of the components for the mass production run, finalize all of the engineering details on the pre-production units, set up an order confirmation and tracking backend, and open up the web forum to all of our backers. Backers in qualifying tiers will receive the ability to start and vote in threads requesting examples, and tutorials.

All of the source code we release will be available via Github at https://github.com/Nuand/bladeRF . This will include all of the drivers, user mode applications, HDL source code, embedded firmware, and documentation needed to operate the bladeRF.

Our plan is to update you, our backers, on a regular basis about the status of the project. At the very minimum this will result in weekly status updates. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us via Kickstarter, email ( bladeRF@nuand.com ), IRC, or the web contact form on http://nuand.com/contact.php .

Lastly, for any late-comers, our webstore can be found at http://nuand.com/order.php . Follow us via Twitter ( https://twitter.com/NuandLLC ) or subscribe to our email notifications on the order page for the latest news about general availability of the bladeRFs.

 

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Upgrades and Updates

 

It’s been a busy week, we were going to announce this earlier but it took a while to negotiate with our distributors. The bladeRFs will now ship with RF shields! The shields will have removable tin caps to offer the most flexible shields possible because after all, this is a development kit. There are still a few other upgrades that we’re looking into at the moment.

The FSK example has been uploaded to Github, https://github.com/Nuand/bladeRF . We’re still working on getting the rest of the source code ready for release but from now on new branches and functionality will be added directly to our Github.

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Weekend update

 

Due to the outpouring of support we saw last week we thought it would be fitting to get a head start on finalizing our mass production plans, so we headed to the PCB manufacturing facility! Ensuring that our design files and test procedure are well understood by the manufacturer are very important for building a quality a product. As an additional measure, we have started securing many of what we considered to be medium and high risk components for our pre-production and production runs.

Lastly, we’re still accepting your feature requests for the bladeRF. Some of the definite design changes we will incorporate thus far include:

  • Adding more GPIO pins, including bring out many LVDS pairs underneath the board
  • Adding more LEDs
  • Adding additional routing options for the SMB port
  • Improving the clocking architecture by allowing the bladeRF’s clock to be GPS-disciplined

There are several other upgrades in the works that will be announced shortly as wellimage-211121-full

 

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