Product Information: What Is NI USRP?
NI USRP™ (Universal Software Radio Peripheral) is an affordable, flexible radio that turns a standard PC into a wireless prototyping platform. Paired with NI LabVIEW software, NI USRP transceivers provide a powerful system to get you up and running quickly.
Benefits for Researchers
NI USRP-292x radios and LabVIEW software provide a powerful, flexible platform for rapidly prototyping wireless RF and communications systems. Prototype a complete wireless communication system using the intuitive graphical programing language of LabVIEW to combine signal processing algorithms that operate on live RF signals streaming to and from the NI USRP hardware.
Benefits for Educators
The NI USRP platform offers a new approach to RF and communications education, which has traditionally been limited to a focus on mathematical theory. With NI USRP and LabVIEW, students gain hands-on experience exploring a working communications system with live signals to gain a better understanding of the link between theory and practical implementation.
Explore Research Features
Accessible Spectral Monitoring
For applications needing only radio-quality RF, the NI USRP acts as an ideal spectrum monitor with up to 40 MHz bandwidth, as well as an affordable record and playback solution with up to 20 MHz bandwidth.
Rapid Development of Wireless Protocol
With NI LabVIEW software and a pair of NI USRP radios, you can define a custom wireless protocol and implement a working digital link. LabVIEW contains the signal processing and programming building blocks necessary for designing both the transmit and receive chain for physical layer and basic MAC layer implementaitons. This means you can use common, off-the-shelf protocols for algorithm validation and communication.
Flexible MIMO Prototyping
Combine two NI USRP devices to quickly build a 2x2 multiple input, multiple output (MIMO)
system using the single-connection MIMO Synchronization and Data Cable. Use common algorithms,
Alamouti coding, at the transmitter and maximum ratio combining at the receiver or design your
Explore Education Features
Hands-On Experimentation With Real-World Signals
Stanford University students were among the first to design a complete wireless communications system using NI USRP hardware and LabVIEW software. With the NI USRP platform, second-year students in a Building Networked Systems course were exposed to application-driven learning beyond theory and simulation. Students gave the course one of the highest rankings among all classes in the School of Engineering at Stanford.
Courseware for Physical Layer Exploration
The courseware Digital Wireless Communication: Physical Layer Exploration Lab Using the NI USRP, by Dr. Robert Heath, is included in the Digital Communications Teaching Bundle. The material includes a ready-to-teach set of eight labs, each consisting of three components: a prelab, laboratory experiment, and lab report.
Accessible Software Defined Radio
Get up and running quickly to deliver access to real-world signals covering tunable center frequency from 50 MHz to 2.2 GHz for FM radio, GPS, GSM, radar, and ISM bands. To successfully set up and use the NI USRP platform, take advantage of online documentation and support, example code snippets, and discussion forums.