Out of the box, the bladeRF can tune from 300MHz to 3.8GHz without the need for extra boards. Through open source software such as GNURadio (live image), the bladeRF can be placed into immediate use. With its flexible hardware and software, the bladeRF can be configured to operate as a custom RF modem, a GSM and LTE picocell, a GPS receiver, an ATSC transmitter, or a combination Bluetooth/WiFi client, without the need for any expansion cards. All of the bladeRF host software, firmware, and HDL is open source, and available on GitHub.
Full-duplex 40MSPS 12bit quadrature sampling
Factory calibrated VCTCXO tuned within 1 Hz of 38.4 MHz
Removable-cap RF shields for increased system sensitivity and isolation
Flexible clocking architecture for arbitrary sample rates
High speed, low latency and increased power delivery over a single cable: USB 3.0 Superspeed is the perfect interface for a wide bandwidth radio front end to modern computers. The Cypress FX3 microcontroller is the ideal solution with a powerful ARM9 processor and enough bandwidth to saturate the full duplex 5Gbps USB 3.0 link.
Fully Programmable FPGA
An Altera Cyclone IV FPGA provides the interface between the FX3 and RF transceiver. This FPGA has single-cycle access embedded memory, hard 18×18 multipliers for dedicated DSP and many general logic elements ready to be programmed.
Wideband RF Transceiver
From bits to RF, the LimeMicro LMS6002D is a fully integrated RF transceiver. Made to power picocell stations, this transceiver is capable of handling anything from simple FM audio to the latest 4G LTE standard to whatever the future may hold.
The bladeRF’s design has been tested and verify to meet our very high standards. At peak RF performance, the bladeRF can occupy 28MHz of bandwidth over its operating bandwidth without any significant spurs.
bladeRF 2.0 micro xA9, 47MHz to 6GHz frequency range, 61.44MHz sampling rate, 2×2 MIMO channels USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Software Defined Radio. The xA9 features the largest-in-class 301KLE Cyclone V FPGA, an essential component for hardware accelerators and HDL signal processing chains including FFTs, Turbo Decoders, transmit modulators/filters, and receive acquisition correlators for burst modems. The xA9’s 301KLE FPGA has vastly more room available in the FPGA than the xA4 for these sorts of applications. The bladeRF does not ship nor come with these (or any) accelerators or processing chains, they are entirely up to the end-customer to design or procure from other 3rd party suppliers.
The bladeRF x115 comes with a larger 115KLE Cyclone IV FPGA that provides additional room for hardware accelerators and signal processing chains including FFTs, Turbo Decoders, transmit modulators/filters, and receive acquisition correlators for burst modems.
The XB-200 is a block up-down converter that greatly expands the bladeRF’s usable frequency range down, making the platform suitable for HF/VHF applications. [Compatible only with bladeRF 1.0 x40 and x115]
All specifications subject to change at any time without notice. bladeRF is sold as test equipment and is expected for all intents and purposes to be used as such. Use of this device is at your own risk and discretion. Nuand LLC makes no warranty of any kind (whether express or implied) with regard to material presented on this page, and disclaims any and all warranties, including accuracy of this document, or the implied warranties of merchatability and fitness for use.