Ruggedized and Weatherproof SDR Platform with Twin RX Option

Pixus Technologies, an electronic packaging solutions provider, has developed the RX310, a ruggedized version of National Instruments (Ettus Research brand) X310 Software Defined Radio (SDR). Working with NI, Pixus redesigned the commercial version of the product to create a hardened, sealed, conduction-cooled unit to meet IP67 specifications. The weight of the unit is approximately 20 lbs. There are options to further ruggedize the unit to MIL 810 for shock/vibration and MIL 461 for EMI. 

The latest in the series is the RX310-2 that features TwinRX daughtercards. 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 a local oscillator (LO) sharing for spectrum monitoring and direction-finding.  A GPS disciplined oscillator is optional as well as versions with 1 UBX daughtercard and 1 TwinRX. The UBX is a full-duplex wideband transceiver that covers frequencies from 10 MHz to 6 GHz.

The NI hardware architecture combines two extended bandwidth daughterboard slots covering DC – 6 GHz with up to 120 MHz of baseband bandwidth, multiple high-speed interface options (PCIe, Dual 1/10 GigE), and a large user-programmable Kintex-7 FPGA. The RX310 series can be used in various types of airborne, shipboard, ground vehicle, or outdoor designs. Example applications include SIG-INT, passive RADAR, Drone Deterrence/ Spoofing and prototyping systems for advanced wireless (WiFi/Cell/ MIMO).

Key Features of RX310 SDR:
  • Ruggedized version of National Instruments (Ettus Research brand) X310 Series Software Defined Radio
  • 302mm wide x 400mm long x 98mm tall
  • Conduction-cooled construction optionally designed to meet MIL 810 for shock/ vibration and MIL 461 for EMI
  • IP67 weatherproof sealed unit
  • Customizable I/O options
  • Pole-mount and other mounting options available

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