The HackRF One is an experimental Software Defined Radio transceiver for frequencies from 10 to 6000 MHz. It is used for experiments with open source programs for SDRs, own software development for radio communications and experiments in amateur radio. The hardware was developed by Michael Ossmann (USA) as an open source device, backed by a strong Kickstarter funding project. It is now sold as a commercial product as well. The board joins all components required for a transmit and receive system on an extremely wide frequency range.
The transceiver covers a wide frequency range from 10 to 6000 MHz (6 GHz), and covers many licensed and unlicensed as well as ham radio bands. The hardware offers a maximum sample rate of 20MS/s, which is sufficient to decode even wide band signals like WFM, DECT, Wifi and others. The ADC works with 8 bit data width and offers a dynamic range of 48dB. The digitised I/Q data is handled by a Xilinx CPLD and an integrated ARM Cortex processor. Due to the design and component selection the transceiver supports only half-dulplex operation.
The entire circuitry is designed for low power consumption, supply is done over USB only. The board has a Micro-B USB socket, a suitable cable is included. To synchronise several HackRF One boards, the system offers connectors for clock input and output. These signals can be used to use multiple boards in parallel, for example for MIMO experiments. Two push buttons and several diagnostic LEDs are provided for easy operation.
The PCB is professionally manufactured with 4 layers. All components are SMD parts. To support own hardware development and extensions, many signals are available on jumper sockets. These connectors offer GPIO pins as well as parameter in- and outputs from the CPLD. A JTAG connector can be used to program the ARM Cortex processor.
up to 20 million samples per second
8-bit quadrature samples (8-bit I and 8-bit Q)
compatible with GNU Radio, SDR#, and more
software-configurable RX and TX gain and baseband filter
software-controlled antenna port power (50 mA at 3.3 V)
SMA female antenna connector
SMA female clock input and output for synchronization
Pre-ordered units will ship immediately after all rewards have shipped to Kickstarter backers, estimated July 2014. For the latest information on development and manufacturing, follow the Kickstarter updates.
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