The ADALM-PLUTO (PlutoSDR) is not yet shipping. Expect things to start shipping by end of April.
This documentation is provided to people who are using early rev A or B devices, while rev B goes through the manufacturing cycle, and we get some initial inventory. Rev B is the first release to production revision.
We hope to make some minor tweaks in a Rev C (to mostly improve robustness) on some things we learned with Rev B. However, we need to get some more public feedback on Rev B before we schedule/plan anything in detail. To be clear - Rev C is not planned/scheduled/committed yet. We could decide that it's not worth it. For more information see the Hardware pages if you are interested in the details.
Even for those who don't have the device yet - feedback on documentation is appreciated.
The ADALM-PLUTO Active Learning Module (PlutoSDR) is an easy to use tool available from Analog Devices Inc. (ADI) that can be used to introduce fundamentals of Software Defined Radio (SDR) or Radio Frequency (RF) or Communications as advanced topics in electrical engineering in a self or instructor lead setting. The PlutoSDR allows students to better understand the real world RF around them, and is applicable for all students, at all levels, from all backgrounds. Early learning in a hands-on manner with the PlutoSDR will ensure a solid foundation for students to build on, as they pursue science, technology, or engineering degrees.
The PlutoSDR Active Learning Module is a tool that closes the relationships between theory and practical radio frequency activities to the user. It provides a personal portable lab that, when used with a host, can augment the learning that takes place in the classroom. A variety of software packages such as MATLAB or Simulink provides an innovative graphical user interface (GUI) allowing intuitive usage and minimizes the learning curve to enable students to learn faster, work smarter, and explore more.
The ADALM-PLUTO Active Learning Module is a learning tool for everyone.
Based on the AD9363, it offers one receive channel and one transmit channel that can be operated in full duplex, capable of generating or measuring RF analog signals from 325 to 3800 MHz, at up to 61.44 Mega Samples per Second (MSPS) with a 20 MHz bandwidth. The PlutoSDR is completely self contained, fits nicely in a shirt pocket or backpack, and is entirely USB powered with the default firmware. With support for OS X™, Windows™, and Linux™, it allows exploration and understanding of RF systems no matter where or when the user is.
Please note, that at the moment - PlutoSDR is under development. You will need to have sufficient skills to perform basic PC operations such as unzipping files, installing software, moving and copying files and have the motivation to learn new software. You will also need to be patient as we add more of the missing documentation. If a link is orange - the docs are on the to-do list.
As we all work together on things, we expect it to get better, and more user friendly. Thanks for your patience. If you have questions, or want to point something out - please ask on the Virtual Classroom. If you want to update something in the wiki - log in, and click the edit button.
PlutoSDR is a self contained RF lab in your hand. It's more than the combinations of a few parts, but to understand the capabilities of the unit, you must understand the fundamental operation of each part inside the unit. Depending on who you are, and what you want to do, you may have different needs, and different wants. It's expected that many people will stop when they solve their immediate problem and don't want to go any deeper into the stack. There are 4 main categories of users:
It's expected that most people will work their way down through each section, reading and skimming most of the content. The content is in a constant state of improvement, so if you do have a question, please ask at EngineerZone, or check the help and support page.
All the products described on this page include ESD (electrostatic discharge) sensitive devices. Electrostatic charges as high as 4000V readily accumulate on the human body or test equipment and can discharge without detection.
Although the boards feature ESD protection circuitry, permanent damage may occur on devices subjected to high-energy electrostatic discharges. Therefore, proper ESD precautions are recommended to avoid performance degradation or loss of functionality. This includes removing static charge on external equipment, cables, or antennas before connecting to the device.