new TV Tuner Chip, the Si2177

Leif Asbrink leif at
Mon Sep 23 02:05:43 UTC 2013

Hi Adam,

The bladeRF can be configured to send I/Q data at the
desired bandwidth to the PC. Surely it can be configured to do
many other things also.

It all depends on how clever software designers are and to
what extent help is available.

I will order a unit. Maybe I will be able to get it running
in Linrad. If so, it would probably allow the widest bandwidth of all
harwdare currently supported.


Leif / SM5BSZ

> > There is also the bladeRF hardware, which is available and in stock.
> > I have a unit and it is a very nice piece of kit.  It achieves 40
> > MS/s @ 12 bit over USB 3.0.  It uses a Cypress FX3, so even on USB 2
> > it should be able to saturate the bus.  Unfortunately, the price went
> > way up after their Kickstarter ended.  Also, the SW is still in
> > development and not polished yet.
> Just to confirm, are you saying you can use the bladeRF as a proper SDR
> like the RTL devices?  I did look at it a while back, but to me it
> looked like it required all the SDR processing to happen within an
> onboard FPGA, so I assumed it wasn't a PC-based SDR.
> Cheers,
> Adam.

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