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SDR vs. RFSoC: What’s the Better Transceiver? (Download)

Aug. 9, 2022

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Transceiver devices are ubiquitous in today’s highly connected world. Various transceivers exist for a wide range of applicability, which often combine analog, digital, and mixed-signal components. This article focuses on software-defined radio (SDR), radio-frequency system-on-chip (RFSoC/SoC), and digital front-end (DFE) technologies, all of which work as transceiver devices with embedded digital-signal-processing (DSP) capabilities.

Discussed are the advantages/disadvantages of using an SDR with discrete integrated circuits (ICs) and other components for the analog domain, as opposed to RFSoC/SoC (or other fully embedded radio front ends).