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DIGILENT USRP B205mini-i: Software-Defined Radio Platform | New Product Brief

April 26, 2021 by Mouser Electronics

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DIGILENT USRP B205mini-i: Software-Defined Radio Platform

Digilent’s USRP B205mini-I is a flexible and compact USB software-defined radio platform for use in AM and FM radio, cellular communications, GPS, Wi-Fi, and TV broadcast applications.  The B205mini-i has an Analog Devices AD9364 RF 1x1 transceiver that operates from 70MHz to 6GHz with up to 56MHz of instantaneous bandwidth. This is paired with a user-programmable Xilinx Spartan-6 FPGA. 

A USB 3.0 connection powers the board and streams data to the host computer, and the board has a connector for GPIO, JTAG, and a synchronization input. The hardware can be accessed through the USRP Hardware Driver, which can send user waveforms to the hardware and control radio platforms. The driver provides APIs for both C/C++ and Python, supports multiple development environments and frameworks.

  • Analog Devices AD9364 RF Transceiver
    • Channels: 1 TX, 1 RX
    • Frequency range: 70MHz to 6GHz
    • Instantaneous Bandwidth: Up to 56MHz
  • Xilinx Spartan-6 XC6SLX150 FPGA
    • Logic Cells: 147,443
    • DSP Slices: 180
  • USB 3.0 Connection: Board power and data streaming
  • Additional Connectors: GPIO, JTAG, Synchronization
    • Synchronization: 10MHz clock reference or PPS time reference
  • USRP Hardware Driver (UHD): Easy hardware access
    • Send user waveforms, configure radio parameters
    • Available for Linux, Windows, Mac OS
  • Development Support
    • C/C++ and Pyton APIs
    • Supports RFNoC, GNU Radio, LabVIEW, Matlab/Simulink

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