Embedded Linux powers first handheld software-defined radio

Epiq Solutions, an engineering firm specializing in the development of versatile wireless communications systems, has declared Matchstiq, which it claims is the world’s smallest commercially offered Software Defined Radio (SDR).

Matchstiq includes an Atlas-I-LPe pc module developed by iVeia inc, that combines a Xilinx® Spartan®-6 LX45 FPGA with a Texas Instruments 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor running the 2.6 Linux kernel. This allows a large range of advanced signal process tasks to execute on the platform while consuming three watts for typical receive-only use.

Capable of calibration between three hundred megahertz and 3.8 GHz., Matchstiq combines a broadband Radio Frequency transceiver with a versatile baseband process engine running the Linux package.

The SDR may be used as a point-to-point DEE, LTE survey tool, or moveable spectrum instrument. A development kit is additionally offered for users who would like to form their own custom applications. The new SDR can begin shipping in Dec 2011 with a single unit priced at $4,500 USD. Pre-orders are presently being accepted.