In Mai 2007 Elektor published a receiver front end for Software Defined Radio or SDR enthusiasts. This very succesful design was based on a Cypress CY27EE16ZE programmable oscillator that is no longer manufactured. A 100% compatible replacement for this chip is not available, which is unfortunate, because drivers for the Elektor design had been integrated in several popular SDR programs.
The time has come for a new Elektor SDR project. SDR has moved on since 2007 and simply updating our 2007 design is probably not sufficient. This is why we ask your input.
- Would you be interested in such a project? And if you are, what would you expect from such a project?
- Which frequency range?
- Receiver only or transmitter too?
- Integrated USB sound card?
Please let us know what you would like us to design. If you want to participate in the project let us know that too. Leave a contribution below or send an email to labs at elektor dot com.
My attention was drawn to bladeRF by Nuand. Its specifications are impressive, but it starts at 300MHz. Since it attained its Kickstarter goal in a few days only it shows that there is a demand for such products. Should we try to do better? Do we have the resources?