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Platform support update

 

We have come a long way with our platform support in the past couple of weeks. We have added and tested DC calibration, sped up FPGA programming, added a new bladeRF-flash tool and several streaming examples, and moved most of the API over to asynchronous calls.

To benefit from these changes you must upgrade your device, instructions on upgrading the bladeRF can be at https://github.com/Nuand/bladeRF/wiki/Upgrading-from-v1.0 .

Within the next week we will merge the SPI flash based FPGA loader, which allow the bladeRF to not require a computer to load the FPGA and in effect run headless. Afterwards, our focus will switch to back to merging in timestamped transmissions support, this will enable OpenBTS to run on the bladeRF.

There is now a Windows based installer for the bladeRF that will install all of the relevant drivers, user mode utilities, and FX3/FPGA images. The file can be directly downloaded from http://nuand.com/downloads/bladerf_win_installer.exe .

We would also like to thank the community contributors that have provided patches, and pointed out issues to us. (Bugs and requests for features can be filed via Github athttps://github.com/Nuand/bladeRF/issues/new ).

Lastly, RTucker (HoopyCat) has created an autobuilder for the FX3 and FPGA images. The autobuilder recompiles everything on every commit that is merged into master on Github. The autobuilder can be found at http://hoopycat.com/bladerf_builds/ .

 

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Platform support

 

We have spent the last week working on platform support. Windows and Linux installation procedures have been updated and can be found at https://github.com/nuand/bladerf/wiki(OSX installations should flow very similarly to Linux).

We are also trying to debug a SuperSpeed USB3.0 issue that occurs with libusb and certain XHCI controllers. So if at all possible, if you have an ASMedia or Renesas XHCI and are running Windows, could you please tell us via Kickstarter, or email ( bladeRF@nuand.com ) if you bladeRF-cli is able to see the device?

As you might have guessed bladeRF-cli now has interactive support on Windows as well!

There is also another firmware upgrade available (v1.2) that has minor fixes that is avaiable at http://nuand.com/fx3/1.2.img .