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BeagleBone Black SDR cape: software-defined receiver (0-30 MHz), web-controlled, ADC + FPGA + GPS

February 2015: See the status update at the homepage link below.

Here's a prototype of a cape that turns your BeagleBone Black into a web-controlled shortwave receiver. Several simultaneous web connections are possible each of which can independently tune a channel of the receiver. See the project homepage for details of the web interface.

The cape consists of an active antenna coupler, followed by an HF low-pass filter, +20 dB amplifier, 14-bit ADC and Xilinx LX25 FPGA connected to the Beagle over the SPI0 connection. For the software-defined GPS a Skyworks SE4150 GPS front-end chip connects to the FPGA. The GPS is used to accurately calibrate the receivers.

Since low cost is a primary goal this cape is not designed to be a general purpose FPGA development board. Existing capes (LOGi-Bone etc.) are already available. However, the FPGA is programmed from the Beagle and you can download any firmware you choose. The open-source software and firmware will allow experimentation with SDR and SD-GPS design.



Registrar: jks

Tags: cape;demo;demobbblack;
Projected created on: Thu Oct 23 2014 00:41:27 GMT-0000 (UTC)
Submitted by: jks
Last updated on: Mon Feb 23 2015 19:01:42 GMT-0000 (UTC)