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Who will be leader in SDR Radio – See what happens over the Ham Fair 2014

SDR Direct Sampling Radio with latest digital technoIogy will advance very rapidly! – I think I would probably wait and see what happens over the  Ham Fair 2014 will be held at Tokyo on August 23rd and 24th, maybe Icom Inc. or someone else in Japan  will announce an even more fantastic SDR!?
The big question is this, though: Are the Japanese ready to tackle a software project of this magnitude? ….(icom I will do it!)

Image featuring two top Amateur Radio Base stations, the IC-781 and the IC-7800 (Icom Uk G+)
Image featuring two top Amateur Radio Base stations, the IC-781 and the IC-7800 (Icom Uk G+)

Vista l’evoluzione tecnologica nel settore, ora ha senso logico che il prossimo prodotto di Icom Inc. dovrebbe essere un SDR stand-alone! –  L’architettura Superhet/DSP ha raggiunto oramai la maturità e non credo che Icom Inc., o qualsiasi altro produttore, possano ottenere ulteriori performance utili se non si passa all’impiego di circuiti SDR total-based!

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FlexRadio Systems USA scrive: we are the leader in SDR (ad in QST!) quindi continua con altre innovazioni – Infatti un’altra novità “coming soon” dopo l’ultimo Flex-6300, atteso in consegna per Settembre 2014, sembra essere questa FlexPAD, una flessibile interfaccia utente per il controllo remoto della serie Flex-6000’s tramite collegamenti in rete LAN (locale) oppure in WAN (remoto). Funziona con tasti e manopole e con l’inserimento di un iPad in touch-screen (non fornito!) una vera integrazione di tecnologie diverse e solo se vorrai potrai usare anche il tuo Computer!

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Flex-6300 inside view – Completely new hardware architecture direct sampling – Mixer-less receivers offering unpresidented performance and low distorsion – The box does most of the processing – Two DAX Audio & IQ Channels etc. – [Note] Flex-6300 only has no RX bandpass filter and ATU is optional – Looking at the inside picture, I don’t understand why they couldn’t put a PC-class silent fan in this unit?!

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 Flex-6300 –  Maximum Panadapter Bandwidth: 7 MHz (14 MHz on 6500/6700 models) see the picture up – ADC Resolution:  16-bits & Sampling Rate:  122.88 Msps – Two “Slice” Receivers with identical performance – Unlimited  recording files –  CAT native ability to remote operate via rete WAN on local LAN …..and more.

[Note] – Detailed specifications: please see the official  sources – All specifications are subject to change without notice – All trademarks belong to their respective holders.- This page is just a non-official overview, where no one should draw any conclusions – All images and versions above is for illustration only. (tnx)

FlexRadio Systems the SmartSDR Ver. 1.2.1 is available on time !

FlexRadio: The SmartSDR v1.2.1 for both the FLEX-6500 and FLEX-6700 contains a wealth of new features which are over and above those promised in the develpment roadmap! See the link to enhanced support, User Guide and pictures below. 

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The new features we are releasing with SmartSDR v1.2.1: High Resolution Waterfall/Panafall display with Waterfall Memory. Tracking Notch FilterTM (TNF) and Synchronous AM (SAM). Quick Record/Playback and Downward Expander Control – See below a partial list of the new features.

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Variable Precision: the waterfall adjusts both the sampling rate and the bin size – Waterfall Memory: allows you to freeze the waterfall at any point and scroll back in time – Optimized Network Bandwidth: the waterfall consumes a fraction of the network bandwidth for field for full networking – Fully Synchronized Panafall: the waterfall shifts as you tune or zoom to stay lined up with your current panadapter settings – Advanced Gain and Black Level Controls: so if you see a signal in the noise and you want to give it some more detail, you can adjust the waterfall until the signal sticks out of the noise and manual tweaking of the waterfall colors

Link to: FlexRadio SmartSDR Software Users Guide v1.2.1

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[Note] – Detailed specifications: please see the official  sources – All specifications are subject to change without notice – All trademarks belong to their respective holders.- This page is just a non-official overview, where no one should draw any conclusions – All images and versions above is for illustration only (…tnx by IØgej)!

Startup FLEX-6000 Series ..was a snap & Demo of the some capabilties of the SmartSDR™ – Flex-5000A discontinued!

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Start-up FLEX-6000 Series ..was a snap & Video Demo the some capabilties of the SmartSDR™ Software – The FLEX-5000A Radio discontinued as the combination of being overshadowed by the new FLEX-6500 & FLEX-6700 Series! – For now here is a Youtube video from the HAM RADIO 2013 & video My new FLEX-6700 by AB1KC, see news and link below.

Comes on the market at the end of August, 2013 the innovative “Digital Direct Sampling” made ​​in USA, “against” the systems Multi-Conversion (aka Superheterodyne) flagships made ​​in Japan! (…we wait for the! …Maybe there are some neat new products ready in the wings?)

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Spectral Capture Units™ (SCU) which act something like extremely broadband multi… Slice Receviers in One Radio, for reception from 0.33 to 77 MHz plus 135 to 165 MHz. – Optimized preselector filters can be selected for the ham bands for greater out of band rejection.. 100dB 2-tone 3rd Order Dynamic Range.. at 100Hz Spacing.

Direct RF to digital conversion allows the FLEX-6000’s to deliver up to +45 dBm IP3 (3rd Order Intercept Point) and 110 dB IMD DR3 (3rd Order Dynamic Range) inside the final filter bandwidth (preliminary specs). – it’ll be very interesting to see the lab tests on this radio! (ARRL – Sherwood – VA7OJ – G3SJX )

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Receivers type: Direct Sampling / Direct Conversion / Multi Conversion

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  1. Direct Sampling a.k.a wideband: FLEX-6000 Series – HPSDR – Perseus, etc.
  2. Direct Conversion: FLEX-5000 discontinued, FLEX-3000, Elecraft KX3, etc.
  3. Multi-Conversion a.k.a. Superheterodyne: Most every Kenwood, Icom, Ten-Tec, Elecraft, Yaesu amd Hilberling

Starting the FlexRadio Systems SmartSDR for Windows for the First Time

[Note] (See the complete steps by steps Making the Connections by Instructions Guide of FlexRadio Systems!!) here the essential start-up (see the video below)…. was a snap !

Connect one end of the supplied CAT 5 Ethernet cable to the transceiver. – The other end of the CAT 5 Ethernet cable can be connected directly to the 100/1000BaseT Ethernet port on your computer if you do not have a wired Ethernet network in your shack. etc. –
Turn on the 13.8 VDC power supply that is connected to the FLEX-6000 Signature Series SDR. – Power on the FLEX-6000 Series by pressing the power button [ON]. –
SmartSDR-iconThe LED display will initially show the text alibrating…”. Once the FLEX-6000’s is ready, it will display the radio model name and the Power button LED will be illuminated green.
Locate the SmartSDR™ application “icon” on the desktop (as shown) and double click on it to Start the SmartSDR™ for Windows Applications. – The SmartSDR™ Radio Setup screen will be displayed !

Video: Startup of FLEX-6000 Series of FlexRadio with demonstration of somes capabilties of the software SmartSDR™ – Video take on Ham Radio show of Friedrichshafen in Germany June 2013 (thanks to Klaus & RFham/Youtube)

FLEX-6700 & FLEX-6500 – Available the Flex-6000′s Quick Start Guide Final in official FlexRadio Systems Download page. – Finally, the 6000′s are starting to ship a few units at a time.

Video: My new Flex 6700 finally arrived. Here are the first few minutes …. AB1KC



Price in Italy Inc. 21% VAT
 by WoodBoxRadio: FLEX-6500: 4299,00 Euro  / FLEX-6700: 7499,00 Euro and FLEX-6700-RX: 6399,00 Euro (Flex-6000 SmartSDR Software Updates FlexAdvantage support: TBA) ..Prices are subject to change without notice from RadioCronache !!

For more information see the Documentation folder on the CD-ROM that came with your SDR Transceiver.

Link to: FLEX-6000′s SDR Quick Start Guide – Filesize: 2,07 MBytes
Link to: Importatore IT WoodBox Radio IK3VIG – Info & data Italy

[Note] All specifications are subject to change without notice – All trademarks belong to their respective holders. This page is just a non-official overview, where no one should draw any conclusions – all images and versions above is for illustration only!

FLEX-6000™ FlexRadio releases the Quick Start Guide EN – N6V Special IDXC Visalia

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FLEX-6700 & FLEX-6500 – Available the Flex-6000’s Quick Start Guide Final in official FlexRadio Systems Download page. – Finally, the 6000’s are starting to ship a few units at a time. – See the N6V Special Event Station Report – The new software, SmartSDR™ is a Thin Client system!! – See the pictures & link to download QSG  & Ham Radio Messe in Friedrichshafen 2013 …link below.

Flex-6000-prodFLEX-6000 Signature Series we started up manufacturing, implemented automated production test software, completed final production CE/FCC compliance testing, solved a myriad of typical production startup issues.-  K5SDR, Gerard  updates the project status (FlexInside-10).
The [CE] marked devices meet the essential requirements of Directive 1999/5/EC (Directive on Electronic and electrical equipmen) – FlexRadio Systems Date of  Testing: April 24, 2013.

The Quick Start Guide is designed to get you on the air with minimum effort. – This “QSG” provides only the basic steps to set up your FLEX-6500 or FLEX-6700. For more information see the Documentation folder on the CD-ROM that came with your SDR Transceiver.

Link to: FLEX-6000’s SDR Quick Start Guide – Filesize: 2,07MBytes
Link to: Importatore IT WoodBox Radio IK3VIG – Info & data Italy

Recommendations and Requirements: Minimum recommended CPU for SmartSDR for Windows is the Intel® Core™ 2 Duo or AMD® Athlon™ 64 x2 processor – The SmartSDR is a 64 and 32-bit Windows .NET Framework application designed to operate on Windows XP SP3, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. – The .NET Framework 4.0 Client Profile is required. (….source QSG FlexRadio).

Flex-6000-family_Dayton-2013Dall’immagine qui a lato si da un rapido sguardo ad una stazione radio FLEX-6000-serie, così come poteva vedersi alla recente esposizione internazionale Hamvention 2013 in Dayton Usa, presso gli stand della stessa FlexRadio Systems e si vedranno le ulteriori news anche alla Ham Radio di  Friedrichshafen De in June 2013, 28-30.

Il nuovissimo software SmartSDR™ qui sopra è in funzione con FLEX-6500 o FLEX-6700 e mostra qui solo due “Panadapters” ad alta definizione con  piccoli menu a tendina per rapidi e facili multi settaggi operativi! –  (Click the picture to enlarge)

Link to: Amateur Radio Exibition Friedrichshafen Ham Radio Messe 2013

Receivers type: Direct Sampling / Direct Conversion / Multi Conversion

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  1. Direct Sampling a.k.a wideband: FLEX-6000 Series – HPSDR – Perseus, etc.
  2. Direct Conversion: FLEX-5000, FLEX-3000, Elecraft KX3, etc.
  3. Multi-Conversion a.k.a. Superheterodyne: Most every Kenwood, Icom, Ten-Tec, Elecraft, Yaesu amd Hilberling (note: latest models use a double conversion system it reduces signal distorsion and provides a high-fidelity RF signal to the builtin DSP processor)

italianoTra un mese circa potremo verificare la portata reale della sfida tra i noti produttori di apparati HF che insistono con l’architettura a Multi-Conversione, anche se con unità IF-DSP nello statio IF finale ed ora quasi tutti muniti di Display TFT multifunzione, e la nuova Signature Series FLEX-6000 con il suo nuovo Software (Thin Client) SmartSDR™ della FlexRadio americana. –
Questa Serie 6000 è dotata di alta potenza di calcolo ed elaborazione digitale (ADC – DUC _ FPGA – DSP – Grafica) – tutta entro-contenuta, che passa dal sistema SDR Direct Conversion (Flex-5000, Flex-3000 etc) al più recente sistema Direct Sampling  wideband! –  Naturalmente andranno considerati anche i prezzi finali dei vari modelli e le reali prestazioni ed affidabilità.

The Flex-6700 out of the box and how it saounds report by K6TU – see link below – The FlexRadio 6700 experience at N6V IDXC Visalia April, 2013 by EtherGeist, link below.

 The Flex-6700 out of the box and how it saounds by K6TU, Stu.

Flex-6700_inside-box14 May, 2013 – Stu Phillips, wrote: …… “As soon as I got the email alert that the package had been delivered, I hustled home and started unpacking……….. With the 6700 connected to the antenna via my amplifier, I made a test tranmission to set the output power and then started tuning for someone to work.” –

italianoPoi K6TU più sotto scrive: “Il primo QSO è stato con un IT9 nel sud Italia. Con entrambi i segnali di S8 è stato un piacevole QSO ed ho ottenuto un controllo di “audio ottimo” in risposta alla mia domanda: “how does it sound?” (come è il suono?)
Link to:  EtherGeist First Report – Flex-6700 full article by K6TU

FLEX-6700 on the Air at N6V – IDXC April 2013 (report by K6TU)

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Sempre K6TU, Stu Phillips racconta le prime esperienze già fatte con il Flex-6700 durante l’attività di N6V (Speciale Event Station) attivata alla 64th IDXC 2013 (International DX Convention is held every April in Visalia, California US). Come si può leggere dal link più sotto Stu ha scritto un interessante articolo che, vista la lunga attesa per questo nuovo SDR Flex, può essere  interessante leggere dato che è scritto da pochi giorni per un ragguardevole “assetto” che si può vedere anche dalla foto qui sopra! // ……very grateful to the following folks who helped me put on N6V in 2011 and 2013.

  • US Tower brings along a heavy duty mobile tower (55’)
  • SteppIR supplies and assembles the antenna on site (DB-18E)
  • MAntenna Systems supplied the rotor (Orion 2800) and cables
  • RF Concepts supplied an Alpha 9500
  • FlexRadio Systems supplies the Flex-6700 radio

I’ve used every major brand of radio in the 40 years……  the FlexRadio System Flex-6700 evaluated as the best receiver K6TU has used in 40 years of amateur and professional experience regardless of the tranceiver costs!
………….. The filters perform!  You can pull signals out of a busy band that are really weak – even when parked next to a very strong station….

Link to: EtherGeist Report – Flex-6700 experience at N6V (full article)

FlexRadio Systems Flex-6000’s radios will start shipping  from mid/late-June

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The new Flex Radio SmartSDR™ software running on a very THIN client.
italianoAd oggi le notizie dicono che la produzione è in corso e il software è in fase di test. Flex Radio ha diversi “beta-tester” che proveranno i nuovi Transceiver SDR. Molto impegno degli ingegneri sviluppatori è anche per il modulo “panadapter” che ora è stato molto implementato rispetto al progetto iniziale. – Tutte le funzioni di elaborazione dei segnali e di calcolo per il DSP sono tutte entrocontenute nella serie Flex-6000, contrariamente a quanto avveniva o avviene in altri modelli (come il Flex-5000 etc.) che utilizzano la potenza di calcolo ed elaborazione data sopratutto dal Computer esterno. La nuova serie funziona in “THIN Client”, con Computer anche semplici o via rete Ethernet.

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Unlike PowerSDR (es. Flex-5000 etc.) where all the UI and DSP software are combined in one piece of software, SmartSDR™ is a THIN Client – its basically a User interface. – All the DSP functionality  runs on a dedicated processor within the radio itself. SmartSDR™ software running on a very THIN client. – (Clik the pictures to enlarge)

Link to: Download the Brochure in Italiano pdf by WoodBoxRadio (IT)

[Note] All specifications are subject to change without notice – All trademarks belong to their respective holders. This page is just a non-official overview, where no one should draw any conclusions – all images and versions above is for illustration only!

 

FLEX-6000’s Development/Delivery Update – Flex-SDR Architectures Link & more!

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FLEX-6000 Signature Series Development – Delivery Update:  Our plan is to ship the Limited Edition radios pre-order during Q2 or into early Q3 2013 – Post Limited Edition orders will begin shipping in Q3 2013…..! (Latest Flex Insider-7) – See the panadapter high definition Spectrum Display and the Flex-6500 SDR Architectures “Some interesting tidbits” Episode 36 and more!

FLEX-6700™ high definition spectrum !! –  Due to the RF wide band digitization provided by the high performance Signal Capture Units™ (SCUs) in the FLEX Signature Series SDRs, 14 MHz of RF spectrum is viewable at one time using the panadapter high definition spectrum display (See below, the Spectrum View with Pre-Selector Turned [ Off)

The MUF is the highest radio frequency that can be used for transmission between two points. – The test results above(Click the picture above to big-enlarge) were taken at 8:00 PM local time when the 20m band was just about to close. –
With the 20m pre-selector turned [off ],  the spectrum view shows strong signals below 20m (14 MHz), but very few signals above 16.500 MHz,  indicating the MUF at this time was approximately 16 MHz, showing another one of the inherent capabilities of the wide band digital down conversion (DDC) technology provided by the Signal Capture Units™ (SCUs) used in the FLEX-6000 Signature Series.

This new “wide band” capability has generated much discussion regarding antenna requirements in regards to receiving for the FLEX-6700™ and FLEX-6500™ etc…. If you’re interested in a more detailed description read the complete Flex Insider-7 (pdf)

Link to: ©FlexRadio Systems Official web-page

FlexRadio SDR Architectures for Digital Communication (Episode 36 by HamRadioNow – 2012 )

Episode-36_sept-2012La nuova serie Flex-6000’s con il suo software SmartSDR e due unità di acquisizione digitale definite Signal Capture Units™ (SCUs) con sitema a Campionamento Diretto consente di settare quattro, sei, o otto ricevitori e o panadapters a larga banda in contemporanea – La capacità di decodificare e visualizzare direttamente anche i modi digitali – Connettività Ethernet per una rete mondiale – La capacità di configurare i ricevitori in diverse condizioni e modi – La possibilità di trasmettere a livello locale e riascoltare se stessi da remoto a lunga distanza – L’accesso ai vari database remoti su Internet – L’apparato radio può essere utilizzato anche via rete Ethernet con qualsiasi tipo di Computer o Tablet anche portatile.

Most receivers type: Direct Sampling / Direct Conversion / Multi Conversion

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  1. Direct Sampling a.k.a wideband: FLEX-6000 Series – HPSDR – Perseus, etc.
  2. Direct Conversion: FLEX-5000, FLEX-3000, Elecraft KX3, etc.
  3. Multi-Conversion a.k.a. Superheterodyne: Most every Kenwood, Icom, Ten-Tec, Elecraft, Yaesu amd Hilberling (note: latest models use a double conversion system it reduces signal distorsion and provides a high-fidelity RF signal to the builtin DSP processor)

Virtex-6_fpga-diagramFPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) Xilinx VIRTEX-6 XC6VLX130T: Massive DSP Power – Can’t build a Direct Sampling Receiver without one! – >90% of the FLEX-6000’s Power….. 317 billion multiply-accumulate operations per second!
Una FPGA della serie Xilinx VIRTEX-6 accoppiata con la potenza di elaborazione del dispositivo DSP altamente integrato è indispensabile per creare il Ricevitore a Campionamento Diretto FLEX-6000’s. Queste unità consentono di eseguire fino a ben 317 miliardi di operazioni al secondo direttamente all’interno!

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FLEX-6000’s Architecture, Benefits and FlexRadio Team information: please click the pictures above to enlarge & read.
Link to: Download the Brochure in Italiano pdf by WoodBoxRadio (IT)
Link to: Flex-6000’s SmartSDR multi Slices  More Videos  Tmate-2 control

[Note] All specifications are subject to change without notice – All trademarks belong to their respective holders. This page is just a non-official overview, where no one should draw any conclusions – all images and versions above is for illustration only!

FLEX 6000™ SDRs – SmartSDR multi Slices & Panadapters in early Q2 2013 – The Orlando 2013 Show (video interview)

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FLEX 6000™ Signature Series SDR’s SmartSDR Multiple Slices and Multiple Panadapters on the same Radio!
Orlando Ham-fest February 2013 – 67th Orlando HamCation Amateur Radio & Computer Show – The FlexRadio Booth video  interview! – See link, videos, pictures and the 1st Video of Tmate-2 HID Controller , below !

FlexRadio projects in early Q2 2013 start of deliveries: Gerard Youngblood, K5SDR FlexRadio CEO (latest Flex Insider-6):  ….. “Next, how to you make an extremely complex radio simple and intuitive to use? Leonardo Da Vinci once said, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”. “Complex is easy, simple is hard”. …… Progress is visible and accelerating. Everyone is motivated, excited about what we are building, and working hard…. etc. ! – (See link below to more news!)

Flex Radio Booth at HamCation Orlando 2013– (by videosbymike

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Il Team-Marketing di  FlexRadio ha preparato quest’altro Video  che mostra più in dettaglio alcune funzionalità della loro nuova interfaccia utente detta “SmartSDR” –
Il video inserito qui sotto è ricavato da una registrazione dal vivo effettuata da K5FRS con l’hardware del FLEX-6700 in corso di produzione e su cui girava proprio il Software “SmartSDR” in fase di implementazione da parte degli ingegneri FlexRadio-

Imagine a real time spectral display where the noise floor is averaged to the terrestrial noise floor. – By real time, I mean that the display follows the instantaneous power of the signal but the noise floor is almost a flat line (no “grass,” as we call it) at the noise level seen at the antenna. This remains true whether zoomed out to view half of the HF spectrum or zoomed in to just a few kHz.
[Note] The “PacMan” looking signal that flies through the bands is a Propagation Ionosonde Station located a few miles from FlexRadio Factory!

Watch the Video below “First Look” at the new FLEX-6000 SmartSDR  and the Pictures! – See link below to new HID Controller Tmate-2 made in Italy (coming-son!)

  

Minimum Discernible Signal (MDS and NF) – How LOW do you GO? – by Greg Jurrens – K5GJ, VP, Sales & Marketing There’s been a lot of talk these days about Minimum Discernible Signal, or MDS. What is it? What affect does it have on my receiver performance? Why do I care? – …. “The ARRL labs use a procedure to measure MDS to a signal 3dB above the noise floor (NF) measured in a 500 Hz bandwidth.

!Amplifiers are very good at amplifying… Everything – signal, and noise. We want the signal but not the additional noise that comes along for the ride. Ideally, the amplified MDS should be 3 to 6db below the environmental noise floor. Plus, the amps themselves add a bit of noise to the mix. Worse yet, using pre-amplifiers have a cost of actually LOWERING the radio’s effective dynamic range. Dynamic range is defined as the difference between MDS and input overload. The pre-amp’s gain comes right off the top of that number. In this case, too much is not just right.

The FLEX-6000 Signature Series to the rescue! – One of the unique features of the Spectral Capture Unit (SCU) of the FLEX-6000 is the Digital Variable Gain Amplifier (DVGA). This allows the software to vary the SCU’s front end performance in 0.5dB steps from -11.5dB up to +20dB of gain (up to 40 dB on the FLEX-6700 with the additional +20dB second pre-amp). The result is the perfect MDS for your QTH and situation. Just enough gain to coax the signal out of the noise, but not so much that all you hear is noise or give up dynamic range. This capability will be provided for advanced operations. Again, the flexibility of a SDR (Software Defined Radio)…. etc”  Link to Source: FlexRadio Systems (Flex Insider – Issue-5 and 6)

  
SmartSDR Panadapter Video-Demo – A -First Look- at the new FLEX-6000 SmartSDR Panadapter from FlexRadio Systems. – This is the first in a series of introductory videos (28/dic/2012)

italianoFLEX-6700 & FLEX-6500 Signature Series, incorporano una inconsueta potenza di elaborazione dati “built-in” (dentro!) – Montano la Xilinx Virtex-6®, una FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) di alto livello, un microprocessore Texas Instruments™ DaVinci™ Digital Media Processor che incorpora un processore ARM Cortex™-A8 CPU (con processore NEON™) a 1,4GHz (1,2GHz nel FLEX-6500) ed un coprocessore DSP a 32 bit in virgola mobile da 1,2GHz (1,0GHZ nel FLEX-6500). –
La nuova Serie FLEX-6000’s ora in pre-produzione e il suo Software SmartSDR in fase di perfezionamento, sarà rilasciata all’inizio del 2° Quadrimestre 2013! – (Leonardo Da Vinci diceva: “Complesso è facile Semplice è difficile” così lo cita K5SDR CEO Flex Radio nell’ultimo Flex Insider-6!)

Link to: Official Broshure EN by the FlexRadio Systems – Ver-2  (PDF ENG.)
Link to:  Broshure in Italiano di WoodBoxRadio IT- by IK3VIG  (PDF ITA.)

Da Flex Insider Issue-5 /2012…..A proposito delle discussioni tecniche in corso sul MDS/NF (Minimo Segnale Discernibile a +3dB sul rumore o Noise Floor)  Una delle caratteristiche uniche del circuito “Spectral Capture Unit” (SCU) incorporato nella Serie  FLEX-6000’s è anche l’Amplificatore di Guadagno Digitale Variabile (DVGA). Questo sistema permette al software di variare le prestazioni del Front-end della SCU a passi di 0,5 dB da -11.5dB fino a +20 dB di guadagno (fino a 40 dB sul FLEX-6700, con l’ulteriore +20 dB del secondo pre-amp)…. così da adattare al meglio la MDS in base alle condizioni del QTH….etc.

Tmate-2 HIDAltra novità Italiana in arrivo a breve (accessorio…. geniale!)

To make your SDR … like a real Radio! – Tmate2 HID Controller Compatible with Perseus, FDM-SW1, Studio1, and PowerSDR is ……….. Coming Soon! –
(Clink the pictures to enlarge – please!)
Tmate2 HID interface, no driver required –
Link to:  WoodBoxRadio – Italy

Tmate2 1st Video: Short demo of first testing the new CAT console Tmate2. It will be compatible with most SDR applications – (04. Feb. 2013 by ik3vig)

[Note] All specifications are subject to change without notice – All trademarks belong to their respective holders – This device (Flex-6k’s) has not been approved by the appropriate authorities in each country etc.

 

FLEX-6000’s a Direct Sampling SDR’s are slated for delivery in the 2nd quarter of 2013

FLEX-6000 Signature Series SDRs which are ordered now from our On-Line Store are slated for delivery in the 2nd quarter of 2013 – (news by FlexRadio Systems)
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& FLEX-6500 Signature con potenza di elaborazione “built-in”:  montano la Xilinx Virtex-6®, una FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) di alto livello, un microprocessore Texas Instruments™ DaVinci™ Digital Media Processor che incorpora un processore ARM Cortex™-A8 CPU (con processore NEON™) a 1,4GHz (1,2GHz nel FLEX-6500) ed un coprocessore DSP a 32 bit in virgola mobile da 1,2GHz (1,0GHZ nel FLEX-6500). – !! Download the Brochure ENG (FlexRadio) or IT (WoodBoxRadio) PDF link below

  

The FLEX-6700 and FLEX-6500 coming soon, build package was released to AMS for materials procurement and pre-production engineering start-up !! – (Source: Flex Insider-Issue 2-3/2012) – FlexRadio Signs Manufacturing Partner: (AMS) – Austin Manufacturing Services located in Austin the same business complex with FlexRadio.

AMS’ is ISO 9001 certified contract manufacturer of  board and system level electronic. AMS’ offers considerable expertise and experience in complex, multi-technology, multi-configuration PCB assemblies. – Link to: AMS’s – Services Web-page

The FLEX-6000 Signature Series radios employ a Direct Sampling receiver architecture while the FLEX-Series radios (FLEX-5000, FLEX-3000, FLEX-1500) are Direct Conversion receiver and the RF signal is presented to a QSD – Quadrature Sampling Detector  a balanced mixer of sorts. – QSD receivers are only limited by the bandwidth of the audio ADC’s and balance issues in the detector.

By comparison, the FLEX-6000 Signature Series takes the conversion of RF to digital to a new level – Direct Sampling. Using  high bandwidth ADCs, the entire HF spectrum from 10kHz to 77MHz is sampled at the same time (plus 135MHz-165MHz in the FLEX-6700).
In the FLEX-6000, the Spectral Capture Unit (SCU) performs this function in real time delivering the digitized RF spectrum to the radio’s Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) for additional processing. –

[Note] Inside the SCU are three main functions: filtering, level control and digitization. The Flex-6500 Flex-6700 packs more built-in digital signal process power than ever before imagined in an amateur radio transceiver – The Xilinx® Virtex®-6 FPGA works in tandem with a Texas Instruments® DaVinci® Digital Media Processor that includes a 1.4 GHz (1.2 GHz on FLEX-6500) ARM Cortex®-A8 CPU with NEON® floating point coprocessor!

On the FLEX-6000’s the SCU’s job is to take the off-air signal from an antenna jack on the radio and convert it into the best digital signal possible. – The input to each SCU is one of the many antenna or receiver connectors on the radio. Coming out of the SCU is an incredible volume of digital data  3.93 Gbps for each SCU. – Just for comparison purposes, this data would fill forty of your typical 100Mbps Ethernet cables (LAN).

Retail pricing USA as follows –> FLEX-6500: $4299 / FLEX-6700R: $6399 / and the FLEX-6700: $7499
Retail pricing UK   as follows –> FLEX-6500: £3449 / FLEX-6700R: £4799 / and the FLEX-6700: £5799

Link to: Official Broshure by the FlexRadio Systems – Ver-2  (PDF ENG.)
Link to:  Broshure in Italiano di WoodBoxRadio It by IK3VIG  (PDF ITA.)

[Note] – Pricing and final detailed specifications are yet fixed, please see the official FlexRadio sources – All specifications are subject to change without notice – All trademarks belong to their respective holders – This device has not been approved by the appropriate authorities in each country etc.

 

FLEX-6700™ utilizes Spectral Capture Units™ and On-board Digital Signal processing – New PDF Italian

Flex-6000 “Signature Series” – Flex-6500 – Flex-6700 packs more built-in digital signal process power than ever before imagined in an amateur radio transceiver – The Xilinx® Virtex®-6 FPGA works in tandem with a Texas Instruments® DaVinci® Digital Media Processor that includes a 1.4 GHz (1.2 GHz on FLEX-6500) ARM Cortex®-A8 CPU with NEON® floating point coprocessor! – See picture and link download ENG & IT pdf  below

Update IT: La serie FLEX-6500 / 6700  utilizzano “internamente” una Xilinx Virtex-6®, potente FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array), per  tutte le operazioni di Down e Up conversion e l’analisi spettrale;  la Virtex-6® lavora in tandem ad un microprocessore Texas Instruments™ il DaVinci™ Digital Media Processor che incorpora anche un ARM Cortex™-A8 CPU (con processore NEON™) a 1,4GHz (a 1,2GHz nel Flex-6500)  ed un coprocessore DSP a 32 bit in virgola mobile da 1,2GHz (1,0GHZ nel modello FLEX-6500).

Link to:  Broshure in Italiano di WoodBoxRadio by IK3VIG, Beppe (the boss!)

Spectral Capture Units™ (SCU) which act something like extremely broadband multi… Slice Receviers in One Radio, for reception from 0.33 to 77 MHz plus 135 to 165 MHz. Optimized preselector filters can be selected for the ham bands for greater out of band rejection.. 100dB 2-tone 3rd Order Dynamic Range.. at 100Hz Spacing! New SmartSDR™ Technology & User Client Interface!

The innovative SmartSDR™ appears to have two main parts – the massive heavy duty part living inside the Flex-6000’s and the light GUI & Related Services portion out on the thin client Interface (…. Personal Computer, Notebook, iPad or iPhone! or..!)

New Flex-6000’s Series SmartSDR™ Radios, where the heavy lifting of DSP is done all in the radio and the computer has only “thin client” duties! – Immagine… This is truly a “Game Changer” product line, moving the main heavy lifting of SDR radio back into the radio box!

The Xilinx Virtex-6® FPGA put simply is a way to put software on a chip so the code can rip through huge amounts of data processing it basically in parallel rather than in series. No longer does the PC have massive processing duties!! – Flex-Radio has worked out a way to bring the costs of this massive processing power to amateurs radio price points.

The FLEX-6500 and FLEX-6700 Transceivers utilize Xilinx Virtex-6® FPGA hardware to directly generate the CW waveform digitally at the RF carrier frequency. (idem for digital RTTY /PSK31 etc..)
This means that the RF carrier switches at hardware speeds without first element truncation as is typical in many radios. When combined high speed T/R and bias switching on the PA, <10 millisecond key down to RF output is achieved.  – Full brek-in is possible from remote operations (SmartSDR™ – Networking! Native remote capability – Ethernet interface…) – The FLEX-6700 provides continuous duty 100W output across the entire 160-6m band, a push-pull pair of rugged RD100HHF1 MOSFET transistors.

The (*) Xilinx® Virtex®-6 FPGA works in tandem with a Texas Instruments™ DaVinci™ Digital Media Processor that includes a 1.4 GHz (1.2 GHz on FLEX-6500) ARM Cortex™-A8 CPU with NEON™ coprocessor.
It also includes a 1.2 GHz (1.0 GHz on FLEX-6500), 32-bit floating point DSP coprocessor. The FLEX-6000 Signature Series achieves world class PNDR (Phase Noise Dynamic Range) through the incorporation of an ultra-low phase noise master oscillator at 983.04 MHz! –
Link to: FlexRadio Systems – Flex-6000 Series Brochure – Rev.002

[Note] All specifications are subject to change without notice – All trademarks belong to their respective holders – This device has not been approved by the appropriate authorities in each country etc.

Flex 6000 Series. Flex-Radio displays their newest FLEX-6500 & FLEX-6700 Virtex®-6 FPGA

Flex-Radio Systems will introduce their newest FLEX-6500 & FLEX-6700 HF/50MHz Transceivers and FLEX-6700R HF/VHF Receiver with SmartSDR™ Grafical Interface! On display now at Dayton Hamvention 2012. – See the preliminary preices and brochure link below!

The FLEX-6000 Signature Series was designed with plug-and-play  installation as a requirement. There are no drivers or interface cards to install. – Just plug the radio into an antenna, power supply and network, load the SmartSDR™ software on your existing PC and operate. – Preliminary List Prices:  mod. Flex-6700: USD 6999,00/ mod 6700/R – USD 5999,00/ mod 6500 – USD 3999,00 — (Official Prices:  TBA!!)

The FLEX-6700 transceiver and FLEX-6700R receiver each allow creation of up to 8 independent Slice Receivers from 0.03 MHz to 77 MHz and 135 MHz to 165 MHz.
The FLEX-6500 allows creation of up to 4 Slice Receivers with tuning from 0.03 MHz to 77 MHz. – Each Slice Receiver can provide independent spectral display of up to 384 kHz. – Each FLEX-6000 Signature Series radio is equipped with a 1Gbps Ethernet port and two USB 2.0 ports  for communication to existing PCs or other future display platform!

The Xilinx® Virtex®-6 FPGA works in tandem with a Texas Instruments™ DaVinci™ Digital Media Processor that includes a 1.4 GHz (1.2 GHz on FLEX-6500) ARM Cortex™-A8 CPU with NEON™ floating point coprocessor. It also includes a 1.2 GHz (1.0 GHz on FLEX-6500), 32-bit floating point DSP coprocessor. The FLEX-6000 Signature Series achieves world class PNDR (Phase Noise Dynamic Range) through the incorporation of an ultra-low phase noise master oscillator at 983.04 MHz,

The FLEX-6500 and FLEX-6700 incorporate a 100W push-pull pair of rugged RD100HHF1 MOSFET transistors operating at 13.8V DC – Mod system: Digital Low Power at Carrier Frequency
Link to: WoodBoxRadio for the FLEX-6000 Series official Brochure in PDF

[Note] All marks are property of their respective owners. Specifications are subject to change without notice! (…data and info… from FRS-Rev 00 1- 5/8/2012)