Analog Devices’ ADALM-PLUTO SDR Active Learning Module (PlutoSDR) introduces the fundamentals of software-defined radio (SDR), radio frequency (RF), and wireless communications to electrical engineering students. Designed for all levels and backgrounds, students can use this self-contained, portable RF lab in an instructor-led or self-led setting.

When used with a laptop or tablet, the PlutoSDR serves as a personal portable lab that augments learning in the classroom. PlutoSDR supports the MATLAB® and Simulink® software packages. These software packages are claimed by AD “to feature an innovative graphical user interface (GUI) enabling students to learn faster, work faster, and explore more.”

Using the ADALM-PLUTO SDR Active Learning Module, students develop a strong foundation in real-world RF and communications as they pursue technology, science, or engineering degrees. The ADALM-PLUTO SDR Active Learning Module features independent transmit and receive signals capable of operating in full-duplex. The PlutoSDR can acquire and generate RF analog signals from 325 MHz to 3.8 GHz tuning range at up to 61.44 MSPS. Enabled by libiio drivers, PlutoSDR supports OS X®, Windows®, and Linux®, allowing students to learn on a range of devices.

  • Portable self-contained RF learning module
  • Cost-effective experimentation platform
  • Based on Analog Devices AD9363 Highly Integrated RF Agile Transceiver and Xilinx® Zynq Z-7010 FPGA
  • RF coverage from 325 MHz to 3.8 GHz
  • Up to 20 MHz of instantaneous bandwidth
  • Flexible rate, 12-bit ADC and DAC
  • One transmitter and one receiver, half or full duplex
  • MATLAB® Simulink® support
  • GNU Radio sink and source blocks
  • Libiio, a C, C++, C#, and Python API
  • USB 2.0 Interface
  • High quality plastic enclosure

The ADALM-Pluto kit is available from Mouser. Kit includes: Analog Devices PlutoSDR active learning module; two antennas (824 MHz to 894 MHz / 1710 MHz to 2170 MHz);  one 15-cm SMA cable; one USB cable.