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Wideband mmWave Radio Dev Kit for RFSoC Gen-3

Prototype with Xilinx RFSoC Gen-3 in the 20-30 GHz spectrum

Avnet Wideband mmWave Radio Development Kit for RFSoC Gen-3

The Avnet Wideband mmWave Radio Development Kit for RFSoC Gen-3 is ideal for prototyping RF applications in mmW bands including 5G NR FR2, wireless backhaul, as well as K/Ka band radar and SATCOM. This platform combines the Otava DTRX2 Dual Transceiver mmWave Radio Card — jointly developed by Otava and Avnet — with the Xilinx Zynq ® UltraScale+ ™ RFSoC ZCU208 Evaluation Kit.

Explore the entire signal chain from millimeter wave RF in the 20 to 30 GHz range to IF sampling in RFSoC Gen-3 data converters reaching 6 GHz. Native connection to MATLAB ® and Simulink ® is provided by Avnet's RFSoC Explorer ®, featuring graphical control of the platform and intuitive APIs for programmatic access.

Otava DTRX2 Dual Transceiver mmWave Radio Card

The DTRX2 mmWave Radio Card uses best-in-class, off-the-shelf mmWave components to achieve high performance up/down conversion of 2 TX and 2 RX signals, converting mmW signals in the 20 to 30 GHz range to IF signals sampled directly by the integrated high speed RF-DACs and RF-ADCs within the Xilinx RFSoC Gen-3 device. Users may add their own antenna front-end, or use a compatible 8x8 dual-polarized antenna array jointly developed between Otava and Avnet for hybrid beamforming applications and massive-MIMO radio.

Avnet Wideband mmWave Radio Development Kit for RFSoC Gen-3

Kit features

Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC ZCU208 Evaluation Kit

  • Complete OEM kit including CLK104, XM650 and XM655 add-on cards
  • Features the Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC ZU48DR 
  • 8x 14-bit 5 GSPS ADCs
  • 8x 14-bit 10 GSPS DACs
  • 4GB 64-bit DDR4 programmable logic memory
  • 4GB 64-bit DDR4 processor system memory
  • RF Mezzanine Card 2.0 interface for RF expansion
  • FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC+) interface for I/O expansion

Otava DTRX2 mmWave Radio Card for Xilinx RFSoC ZCU208 Evaluation Kit

  • 2 TX channels up-convert from IF up to 6 GHz through RFSoC Gen-3 DACs to mmWave frequencies within 20 to 30 GHz
  • 2 RX channels down-convert from mmWave within 20 to 30 GHz down to IF frequencies in a 6 GHz range through RFSoC Gen-3 ADCs
  • Independent TX and RX LO PLLs with integrated frequency synthesizer, on-chip VCO, and common reference from the Xilinx ZCU208 CLK104 module
  • Digital Step Attenuators (DSA) for gain control
  • Independent signal chain enable/disable for TDD operation
  • TDD and FDD modes supported with appropriate RF front-end
  • RF band select filters can be added externally based on operating frequency
  • Powered from a single 12V DC connector

Kit includes

  • Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC ZCU208 Evaluation Kit
  • Otava DTRX2 mmWave Radio Daughtercard
  • Avnet RFSoC Explorer for MATLAB and Simulink
  • Free MATLAB Trial Package for wireless communications

Target applications

  • 5G NR FR2 bands
  • K/Ka-band radar & SATCOM
  • Aerospace and defense

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Webinar

Verify Xilinx RFSoC Gen-3 System Performance in mmWave Applications

Avnet and MathWorks engineers will demonstrate how to capture, measure and characterize RF performance in millimeter-wave bands using MATLAB and Simulink and the Avnet mmWave Radio Development Kit with Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC Gen-3.

Screenshot of Avnet's RFSoC Explorer for MATLAB and Simulink

Related parts

  • AES-LPA-OTVDTRX2-A-G: Otava DTRX2 mmWave Radio Daughtercard for Xilinx RFSoC ZCU208 evaluation kit
  • EK-U1-ZCU208-G: Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC ZCU208 evaluation kit
  • AES-XRF16-ZU39-G : Xilinx RFSoC System-on-Module 16-channel / Gen-2 / 5 GH
  • AES-ZU-RFSOC-SK-RVS-G: Avnet Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC Development Kit with Qorvo RF Front End

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