NI FlexRIO Software Defined Radio

  • Tunable RF transceiver covers 200 MHz to 4.4 GHz
  • Up to 200 MHz real-time bandwidth with more than 100 dB of dynamic range
  • Unified NI LabVIEW design flow for host, real-time, and FPGA development
  • Integrated support for your .m file scripts, C libraries, and VHDL IP
  • LabVIEW reconfigurable Virtex-5 Sx95T FPGA with DSP48 coprocessing
  • High-speed, low-latency PXI Express x4 (~800 MB/s) connection to the host

The NI FlexRIO software defined radio platform provides an integrated hardware and software solution for rapidly prototyping high-performance wireless communication systems. Combining a state-of-the-art RF transceiver with high-performance FPGA processing and the rapid prototyping capabilities of NI LabVIEW system design software, you can prototype faster and significantly shorten time to results with the only complete platform delivering a graphical system design approach that supports reusing existing software IP.

The unified design flow in LabVIEW simplifies host, real-time, and FPGA programming that scales from design to deployment. Researchers around the world are using this heterogeneous design flow to prototype a wide range of advanced research that includes multiple input, multiple output (MIMO); synchronization of heterogeneous networks; long-term evolution (LTE) relaying; RF compressive sampling; spectrum sensing; cognitive radio; beam forming; and direction finding. Software defined radio platforms are validating the research that will define next-generation wireless communication standards. Examples include the first 8x8 MIMO LTE advanced PHY prototype achieving 1 Gbit/s using carrier aggregation and a full end-to-end HD video link. Leading researchers around the world are developing prototypes using the LabVIEW integrated heterogeneous multiprocessor design flow and NI FlexRIO software defined radio to validate their research over real-world channels.