The purpose of the radio is to provide an RF platform to software developers, system architects, and product developers who want a single platform which operates over a wide tuning range (70 MHz – 6 GHz). PackRF accelerates development from initial evaluation to field deployment.
The radio is contained inside a blue aluminum enclosure with access to connections for power, ethernet, USB, OLED, audio and micro SD card. Antenna’s connect to SMA’s on the second face plate (not shown here) for TX, RX, monitoring and GPS I/O’s. Silkscreen on the radio contains various part numbers and links to additional material.
The radios are referred to as 'Portable Radio Reference Design'. Each one is a combination of ADRV9361-Z7035 PCB, carrier card, metal enclosure and additional, smaller items (adapter PCBs, cables, connectors etc). The system is fully contained inside of a 159.99mm x 78.00mm x 43.00mm (6.3“ x 3.071” x 1.69“) aluminum metal enclosure. Card guides on the inside of the case provide a secure shelf for the PCB's. Production units will be a blue metal etched with silkscreen providing part numbers, links to documentation and more.
Included with the radio module is a complete single carrier modem reference design. The modem is designed as a constantly transmitting frequency division duplexing (FDD) system with a single transmit channel (uplink) and single receive channel (downlink), enabling a single bidirectional point-to-point link between two nodes. A complete wireless video link can be demonstrated with the webcams provided in this kit between disjoint nodes.
A list of Design files is located in the Hardware section. These include pdf's of the schematics, gerber files, board file in native format, bill of materials and more.
Follow this link for more detailed information on design features regarding the power supply design, mechanical considerations, battery maintenance system logic and more.
The software for the ADRV-PACKRF is provided by Analog Devices as an open source reference design that can be used in various applications. The system source code consists of several components, which are used together to control onboard devices and provide connectivity to external tools for development. Follow this link for more information on the System Software Architecture
This example use case allows the user to perform a simple experiment with the datalink and USB webcams.
Save yourself a headache and do not disassemble the radio.
Assembly of the Portable Radio Reference Design is almost as complicated as some of the hardware and software. It occupies a significant amount of time and will cause headaches, finger aches and potential damage to the device. A detailed list of instructions is provided in case you are assembling or opening a radio. Have a look at the assembly instructions before beginning.
There is also a picture gallery to document the travels and adventures of the radio.