Open-source software-defined radio gets interface to Altera and Xilinx platforms

December 20, 2013 // By Graham Prophet
The open source RF hardware initiative, Myriad RF, has launched an open-source interface board to connect field programmable RF (FPRF) transceiver systems directly to FPGA boards, creating a wireless development platform for complex wireless systems

The mezzanine board, called Zipper, is a multi-carrier board with HSMC, FMC, general purpose pin header and USB connections. It allows the FPRF boards to interface with both Altera and Xilinx development platforms – and enables direct connection with a PC for control and calibration. The resulting system enables wireless systems of almost any size and complexity to be created on any wireless standard or frequency.

Zipper was designed in collaboration between Lime Microsystems and Azio Electronics. The Zipper board’s design files can be downloaded in KiCad format free of charge and under liberal open source licensing terms. Prebuilt versions of the interface board will soon be available via distribution partners, Azio, DigiKey, Eastel, Richardson and Vitec, priced at $199.

Lime Microsystems has also released a new version of the control utility for use with the Zipper board, which is supported on both Windows and Linux. The utility allows for the setup and calibration of the LMS6002D transceiver, along with configuration of the board.

[Myriad RF is an award winning open source initiative to advance wireless system innovation. It uses field programmable transceiver technology to enable the prototyping and creation of fully configurable wireless platforms that run on almost any communication standard and frequency. Myriad boards are designed by the Myriad community and design files made available for anyone to build or adapt. A number of board designs are also in production for you to buy direct from their designers and other distributors. Support is provided via an online community and forums at]

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