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Ruggedized Software-Defined Radio Features TwinRX Option

Feb. 4, 2020
Housed in a weatherproof enclosure, the RX310-2 software-defined radio can integrate up to two of Ettus’ TwinRX daughtercards.

By installing motherboard and daughterboard configurations into a rugged, weatherproof enclosure, Pixus Technologies has developed ruggedized versions of commercial software-defined radios (SDRs). The latest in the series, the RX310-2, features standard commercially available TwinRX daughtercards from Ettus Research, a National Instruments brand.

The RX310-2 allows one or two TwinRX daughtercards to be installed in the chassis. The TwinRX is a dual-channel, super-heterodyne receiver that offers wide dynamic range and accurate phase synchronization with local-oscillator (LO) sharing for spectrum monitoring and direction finding. A GPS-disciplined oscillator is optional as are versions with one UBX daughtercard and one TwinRX daughtercard. The UBX is a full-duplex wideband transceiver that covers frequencies from 10 MHz to 6 GHz.

Pixus installs the motherboard and daughterboard configurations into a rugged weatherproof enclosure that features IP67 sealing for water and dust ingress. The conduction-cooled chassis is also optionally designed for MIL-STD-810 for shock/vibration and MIL-STD-461 for EMI. Light, rugged versions of the RX310 series with fans and filtering are available upon request.

The I/O panel for the RX310 is modular, allowing for inclusion of various customization options. The RX310 series can be used in various types of airborne, shipboard, ground vehicle, or outdoor designs. Example applications include SIGINT, spectrum monitoring, passive radar, smart agriculture, smart energy, and prototyping systems for advanced wireless standards.

Pixus Technologies, www.pixustechnologies.com