Nutaq DSP Boards & Systems

Pico LTE – eNodeB and EPC in a box for Test & Measurement

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Key features of the Pico LTE 4×4:

  • Real-time LTE eNodeB and EPC
  • All-integrated in a single compact & portable box
  • 3GPP compliant LTE Rel.13
  • Cost effective & affordable
  • Access to over 100 PHY & MAC Layer parameters
  • Supports Commercial UEs ( tested with Samsung S4 & S5, Nexus 5, HTC One M9 and u-blox C030)
  • Supports MIMO + the following FDD LTE bands (2,3,5 and 20). For other bands, please contact us.
  • Supports Time Division Duplex (TDD) mode. Tested on band 41, for other bands please contact us.
  • Transmit and receive in non standard bands. CBRS and LTE 5 GHz unlicensed tested, for other bands please contact us.
  • Supports Multi-Operator Core Network (MOCN) and Carrier Aggregation
  • Starter kit available – Get an LTE Network up & running in < 10 minutes
  • Simulates User Equipment (UE)
  • -8 dBm maximum transmission power built-in & support for external power amplifier (external GPIOs)
  • Record & Playback LTE test vectors (OTA)
  • Onsite and online training available
  • Supports Cat-M1 & NB IoT (3GPP Rel.13)

Fully configurable for maximum flexibility

  • Exhaustive access to all PHY layer parameters & messaging flow
  • Real-Time LTE Signal Validation
  • Record & Playback LTE test vectors (OTA)
  • Records in Matlab & SystemVue compatible format

Examples of configurable parameters:

  • Antenna configuration (SISO / MIMO) (contact Nutaq for details)
  • Downlink Carrier Frequency (Supports all LTE frequency bands and possibility to setup custom bands). Pico LTE supported bands (2, 3, 5 and 20). For other bands, contact Nutaq sales
  • Supports the following bandwidths 1.4, 3, 5, 10, 15 and 20 MHz (contact Nutaq sales for Pico LTE supported bandwidths). It is defined in terms of Number of DL Resource Blocks
  • Cyclic Prefix : Normal or Extended
  • Transmission Mode (TM1 and TM3). Contact Nutaq for other transmission modes.
  • Time advance for external RF devices like repeaters.

Pico LTE EnodeB

Pico LTE Narrowband & Cat-M1 Test & Measurement Platform for IOT

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Pico LTE NB-IOT & CTM1

Test NB-IoT* and Cat-M1** devices in all frequency bands

Key Features of Nutaq PicoLTE IoT

  • Supports M1&NB-IoT devices*
  • Proven compatibility with M1 & NB-IoT devices from over 5 manufacturers
  • Test multiple devices simultaneously (performance guaranteed up to 5 devices)*
  • Supports non-IP mode (NB-IoT)*
  • Suitable for both radiated and conducted environments (over-the-air & RF cables)
  • Compliant with 3GPP LTE release 13
  • Test devices & connected objects in real-time
  • Test on a private network for a fraction of the cost of standard test & measurement equipment
  • Connect multiple eNodeBs and build a network
  • Supports signaling/traces for cell search and attach/detach procedures*
  • Supports FDD & TDD Spectrum
  • -8 dBm maximum transmission power built-in & support for external power amplifier (external GPIOs)**
  • Onsite and online training available

Perform tests such as:

  • Sensors Data Aggregation tests*
  • Protocol stack functional & performance tests*
  • Throughput & latency tests
  • Handover testing
  • Power saving modes testing & optimization with complete control over all the parameters of the network**
    • Validate PSM, verify device stays registered
    • Wake up commanded by device
    • Wake up on tracking area update (TAU) parameter expiration
    • Support eDRX cycles from 2.56 to 9.22
  • Radio link performance test**
    • Coverage Enhancement & Repeating Transmission testing

What’s included in this LTE IoT Kit:

  • PicoLTE Network-in-a-box
  • Linux binaries
  • 2×2 LTE 5 dBi Omni Antenna Kit

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Pico SDR series for Wireless Multi-standard Prototyping:

Pico SDR 4x4 images

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Pico SDR 8x8 images

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SDR Comparison chart

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PicoSDR 4x4 or 4x4 E

Key Features

Prototyping is easier than ever with this new 4×4 MIMO SDR platform, with 4 channels perfectly synchronized on one FPGA. Use Simulink to leverage the power of a large Virtex FPGA without writing a single line of HDL code. 70 MHz to 6 GHz on one single radio: Unlock the full performance of the AD9361 across all frequency bands.

  • 4×4 in one single FPGA perfectly synchronized
  • Fully integrated with Matlab Simulink and Xilinx System Generator (model-based design tools)
  • AD9361 Radio Frequency Integrated Circuit (RFIC)
  • Software defined up to 6 GHz and 56 MHz BW
  • GNU Radio Support
  • Small form factor: 215 mm x 48 mm x 290 mm
  • Embedded Linux PC: connect remotely from any computer or run standalone
  • Plug-and-play, with Ethernet, PCI Express and VITA-49 Radio Transport Protocol (VRT)
  • Low Latency (75 µs roundtrip) and high speed (10 Gbps) PCIe interface
  • QAM64 OFDM Ref Design*

70 MHz to 6 GHz on one single radio

The PicoSDR 4×4 relies on one single 70 MHz – 6 Ghz radio card, built on the agile and high-performance AD9361 Radio Frequency Integrated Circuit (RFIC), that offers the full performance on all bands frequency.

  • RF 2×2 transceiver with integrated 12-DACs and ADCs
  • 70 MHz to 6 GHz frequency range with integrated fractional-N synthesizers (2.4 Hz maximum LO step size)
  • Supports TDD and FDD operation
  • Tunable channel bandwidth: 200 kHz to 56 MHz
  • Receiver sensitivity with a typical noise figure of 7 dB from 200MHz to 4 GHz and 10dB from 70MHz to 6 GHz
  • 100dB RX gain control with real-time monitor and control signals for manual gain
  • Independent automatic gain control
  • TX OP1dB : +18dBm from 200-4000MHz and +10dBm from 200-6000MHz
  • Highly linear broadband transmitter (TM3.2 20MHz-16QAM LTE signal):
    • ACPR < -50dB for +10dBm and <-45dB for 0 dBm at 2.4GHz and 6GHz respectively
    • EVM = 2.5% and 3% for +10dBm and <-45dB for 0 dBm at 2.4GHz and 6GHz respectively
  • TX noise: =-150 dBm/Hz noise floor
  • 100dB+ TX gain control with 31dB external gain control

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PicoSDR 8x8 or 8x8 E

Key Features

Phased-array, beam forming, direction finding and MU-MIMO is now affordable with this new 8×8 MIMO SDR, offering 8 TRx channels per FPGA. With the ability to connect two units for perfectly synchronized 16×16, automatic gain & phase calibration, dedicated links to bring all IQ streams into one master FPGA, building large MIMO systems has never been easier.

  • 8×8 on one single FPGA
  • Easy to connect two units for perfectly synchronized 16×16 or more
  • Dedicated low-latency point-to-point links bring all IQ streams into one master FPGA (16×16 or more)
  • Automatic gain and phase calibration for phased-array, beam forming, direction finding and MU-MIMO
  • Fully integrated with Matlab Simulink and Xilinx System Generator (model-based design tools)
  • AD9361 Radio Frequency Integrated Circuit (RFIC)
  • Software defined up to 6 GHz and 56 MHz BW
  • Small form factor: 385 mm x 360 mm x 45 mm
  • Embedded Linux PC: connect remotely from any computer or run standalone
  • Plug-and-play, with Ethernet, PCI Express and VITA-49 Radio Transport Protocol (VRT)
  • Low Latency (75 µs roundtrip) and high speed (10 Gbps) PCIe interface
  • QAM64 OFDM Ref Design*

70 MHz to 6 GHz on one single radio

The PicoSDR 8×8-E relies on one single 0-6 Ghz radio, built on the agile and high-performance AD9361 Radio Frequency Integrated Circuit (RFIC), that offers the full performance on all bands frequency.

  • RF 2×2 transceiver with integrated 12-DACs and ADCs
  • 70 MHz to 6 GHz frequency range with integrated fractional-N synthesizers (2.4 Hz maximum LO step size)
  • Supports TDD and FDD operation
  • Tunable channel bandwidth: 200 kHz to 56 MHz
  • Receiver sensitivity with a typical noise figure of 7 dB from 200MHz to 4 GHz and 10dB from 70MHz to 6 GHz
  • 100dB RX gain control with real-time monitor and control signals for manual gain
  • Independent automatic gain control
  • TX OP1dB : +18dBm from 200-4000MHz and +10dBm from 200-6000MHz
  • Highly linear broadband transmitter (TM3.2 20MHz-16QAM LTE signal):
    • ACPR: typically -45dB for +10dBm and 0 dBm at 2.4GHz and 5GHz respectively
    • EVM: 2.5% and 3.5% typically for +10dBm and 0 dBm at 2.4GHz and 5GHz respectively
  • TX noise: ≤−150 dBm/Hz noise floor
  • 100dB+ TX gain control with 31dB external gain control

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5G Massive MIMO Testbed:

Massive MIMO

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Design Flow

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5G massive Titan MIMO

Quasi-Massive Effect

Automatic Phase and Gain Calibration

Key Features

  • Ready to use 5G multi user Massive MIMO testbed
  • Powerful: Process in real-time up to 250 MHz bandwidth with up to 1000 antennas
  • Includes TDD and reciprocity calibration (basic FDD support)
  • Precise timing synchronization and phase alignment
  • MU-MIMO detection and pre-coding (lowest turnaround time)
  • Switch between remote and co-located radioheads
  • Prototype 5G waveforms and validate propagation in real environment
  • Validate interoperability scenarios
  • Develop and validate analytic channel models
  • Interface with external millimeter wave front-end

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Cognitive Radar

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Key Features

  • Fully integrated with Matlab
  • Load custom waveforms
  • Adaptive Waveform Control
  • Support different waveforms on all antennas (MIMO Radar or Phased Array Radar)
  • Design, simulate and deploy cognitive radar algorithms
  • Record radar returns > 4 min overall
  • Record only during transmissions
  • Add external eSata hard drive
  • Open source
  • Synchronization: Inter channel skew <60 ps

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PicoDigitizer MI250-Series:

The PicoDigitizer MI250-Series is a high channel density, phase coherent, FPGA-based table top DAQ solution. It incorporates up to 16 channels on a Virtex-6 FPGA, sampling at 250 MSPS, and offers an embedded version which includes an Intel Quad-Core i7 processor for standalone applications.

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PicoDigitizer MI250 comparison chart

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PicoDigitizer 250-Series:

The PicoDigitizer 250-Series is a high speed ADC-DAC processor solution which combines the power of a large FPGA with high sampling speeds, while accelerating the development cycle by eliminating the need for HDL hand-coding.

At the core of each processor node (one or two nodes per system are available) is a Virtex-6 FPGA, which interfaces with a dual channel 250 MSPS A/D and dual channel 1 GSPS D/A.

A model-based development environment allows for rapid deployment and testing of algorithms without hand-coding of the FPGA.

To maximize the power and flexibility of this small table top solution, the PicoDigitizer 250-Series is available in a dual channel, dual channel embedded, or quad channel configuration.

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PicoDigitizer 125-Series:

The PicoDigitizer 125-Series is a high channel density, phase coherent, FPGA-based table top DAQ solution. It incorporates up to 64 channels on a Virtex-6 FPGA, sampling at 125 MSPS, and offers an embedded version which includes an Intel Quad-Core i7 processor for standalone applications. Additionally, signal generator outputs (DACs) can be added to the system for combined multichannel acquisition & transmission processing.

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PicoDigitizer 125 comparison chart

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Nutaq's Software:

Nutaq’s software development tools are a comprehensive suite that includes:

  • IP cores
  • Frameworks
  • APIs
  • Easy-to-use GUIs
  • Application examples

that significantly reduce the time customers spend on low value-added tasks such as programming interfaces, adjusting FPGA constraints, debugging Host drivers, etc.

Nutaq’s development framework also features seamsless integration to model-based design tools (such as Simulink and GNU Radio), combining a graphical development environment and automatic code generation. These tools greatly accelerate the development of applications, shorten the development cycle and reduce project costs.

Nutaq’s software tools are designed to enable and facilitate migrating from our standard products to a modified, customized or even miniaturized versions of them. Built for embedded applications, Nutaq provides complete support for Linux and Windows environments on x86 processor architecture.

Combined with Nutaq FPGA-based standard systems, Nutaq development software tools provides a complete Turnkey System for developing and deploying next generations embedded real-time computing and algorithms acceleration (HPC) systems, mainly targeted for the following applications:

  • SIGNIT
  • SDR
  • Multichannel DAQ
  • Medical Imaging (PET scanners, Ultrasounds)
  • Physics (Linear accelerator, synchrotrons)
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Nutaq MicroTCA systems

Nutaq provides a vast array of software development tools that enables end-user to target Nutaq hardware very efficiently. The following are few to mentioned features included with the tools:

  • Complete Nutaq FPGA framework, including embedded Linux MicroBlaze Ethernet/PCIe server
  • Real-time PCIe data exchanges between a host device CPU (Linux only) and GigE data streaming tools (Linux or Windows)
  • Multichannel recording and playback tools (DAQ applications)
  • Local (embedded AMC processor blade) and remote access
  • Real-time and hardware-in-the-loop co-simulation with the FPGA (optional)
  • Seamless integration to the MATLAB/Simulink model-based design flow (optional)
  • Stand-alone operation configuration, running directly from the flash/HDD memory
  • Graphical control applications

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