Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC Development Kit with Qorvo RF Front End

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Feature list:

  • Avnet RFSoC Explorer for Signal Capture & Analysis with MATLAB and Simulink
  • Radio-in-the-loop co-simulation (Gigabit Ethernet)
  • Over-the-air testing with LTE Band-3 1800MHz FDD front end
  • Direct-RF sampling without an external RF mixer


Kit includes:

Free MATLAB Trial Package for Wireless Communications

Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC ZCU111 Evaluation Board

  • Rapid prototyping platform using the XCZU28DR-2EFFVG1517 device
  • Supports 8x 4GSPS 12-bit ADCs, 8x 6.5GSPS 14-bit DAC, and 8 soft-decision forward error correction (SD-FECs)
  • 4GB DDR4 memory for large sample buffer storage
  • On-board reference PLL (LMK04208) and RF PLLs (LMX2594) generate RF-ADC and RF-DAC sample clocks
  • Two Samtec LPAF connectors for access to RF-ADC/RF-DAC clocking and data path signals

XM500 Balun Board

  • Add-on card providing SMA connection to 8 ADC/DAC channels

Qorvo 2-Channel RF Front-end 1.8 GHz Card

  • Part#: AES-LPA-QRF1800-RVS-G
  • Two channels, each with Tx, Rx and DPD (Digital Pre Distortion) Observation path
  • Default tuning to LTE Band 3 / 1800 MHz FDD System
  • OTA testing as single channel UE, base station, or loopback
  • Channel 1: TX @ 1842.5MHz, RX @ 1747.5MHz
  • Channel 2: TX @ 1747.5MHz, RX @ 1842.5MHz
  • Digital Step Attenuators in TX, RX, and DPD paths
  • 75 MHz bandpass filters in TX and RX paths
  • 180 MHz TX observation bandpass filters for Digital Pre-distortion (DPD)
  • QPA9903 0.5 Watt High-Efficiency Linearizable Power Amplifiers
  • QPL9096 Ultra Low-Noise Bypass LNAs
  • RMS Power Detector & Overvoltage protection circuit

Multi-band LTE Stub Antennae
Avnet RFSoC Explorer for MATLAB and Simulink
Documentation and reference designs


Target applications:

3G/4G/5G Commercial wireless communications

  • Heterogeneous small cells
  • Satellite communications
  • Software Defined Radio
  • Pre-Distortion Power Amplifier Linearization

Test and measurement / instrumentation

  • Cellular Testers
  • Channel sounding

Aerospace and Defense

  • Tactical radio
  • Mil Sat Com
  • Cockpit Radios
  • UAV


Technical Documents & Support Forum


Download the Product Brief


Download RFSoC Explorer for MATLAB


Free MATLAB Trial Package for Wireless Communications


Samtec 5G Applications Solution Guide


RFSoC Explorer Demo

Learn how Avnet is enabling system architects to explore direct RF sampling with the Xilinx Zynq® UltraScale+™ RFSoC from antenna to digital using tools from MathWorks and industry-leading RF components from Qorvo.


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