NI software defined radio platforms provide an integrated hardware and software solution for rapid prototyping high performance wireless communication systems.
The platform scales from powerful yet easy to use host based systems, NI USRP software defined radio, to state of the art RF transceivers with high performance FPGA processing, NI FlexRIO Software Defined Radio Bundle. LabVIEW provides a common rapid prototyping environment for host, real-time, and FPGA development allowing you to prototype faster and significantly shorten time to results. Providing the only complete platform delivering a graphical system design approach, LabVIEW supports reuse of existing C, VHDL, and .m file script software IP. Researchers around the world are utilizing this unified heterogeneous design flow to prototype a wide range of advanced research that include MIMO, synchronization of heterogeneous networks, LTE relaying, RF compressive sampling, spectrum sensing, cognitive radio, beam forming, direction finding and more.
NI SDR in the Press
||Apr. 15, 2014 - National Instruments Introduces USRP RIO Next-Generation Wireless Prototyping Platform
Feb. 24, 2014 - National Instruments and Lund University Announce Massive MIMO Collaboration
Nov. 20, 2013 - National Instruments and the University of Edinburgh Collaborate on Massive MIMO Visible Light Communication Networks to Advance 5G
Sep. 11, 2013 - National Instruments Lead User Program Paving the Way for 5G Wireless
Oct. 30, 2012 - National Instruments Releases Software Defined Radio Module Used in Leading 5G Wireless Research
Aug. 21, 2012 - UC San Diego Master of Advanced Study Program Uses NI Platforms to Provide Professional Hands-On Embedded and Communications Experience
Aug. 8, 2012 - NYU Launch World's First Academic Research Center to Combine Medicine with Wirless Communications and Computing
May 23, 2012 - National Instruments and TU-Dresden Collaborate on Fifth-Generation (5G) Mobile Network Research
May 16, 2012 - Notre Dame’s Wireless Institute, National Instruments join forces to help develop next generation of wireless
Jan. 11, 2012 - Rutgers University Forms a New Instructional Laboratory on Wireless Communications
NI SDR Featured Articles, Papers, and Tutorials
Whitepaper - 5G Massive MIMO Testbed: From Theory to Reality
Massive MIMO is an exciting area of 5G wireless research. It promises significant gains that offer the ability to accommodate more users at higher data rates with better reliability while consuming less power. Using the NI Massive MIMO Application Framework, researchers in this field can meet the demands of prototyping these highly complex systems with a unified hardware and software design flow.
Blog - NI and TU Dresden to Develop the World's First Open mmWave Test Bed
NI and the Vodafone Chair at TU Dresden have partnered to expand the Dresden 5G lab (D5GL) with the first open, mmWave test bed in the world. This state-of-the-art test bed can process multi-GHz of RF signal bandwidth in real time. It will be used to explore mmWave as a medium for mobile access, backhaul wireless communication, and massive MIMO.
Whitepaper - Paving the Way for 5G Wireless with mmWave Cellular Systems
NI is playing a key role in providing tools and technology for prototyping and defining this new frontier for wireless communications. National Instruments’ unique hardware and software platform enables researchers to innovate faster by providing a path from theoretical research to rapid prototyping.
Whitepaper - Prototyping Next Generation Wireless Systems with Software Defined Radios
Software defined radios (SDRs) have emerged as a viable prototyping option for next generation wireless research by enabling researchers to quickly prototype a system, characterize it’s performance, and iterate on the design.
Microwave Journal - Prototyping Massive MIMO
Scaling up MU-MIMO to a large scale, classified as Massive MIMO, potentially offers higher network capacity, better reliability and increased energy efficiency of the Massive MIMO base station by lowering the overall transmitted power in a cell or served region.]
Microwave Journal - The Road to 5G Wireless
The rapid adoption of smart devices such as smartphones, tablets and even fablets, network capacity and bandwidth are being consumed at accelerated rates. In fact, industry analysts predict that wireless data demand will exceed 2009 levels by over 35× in 2014...
IEEE Circuits and Systems Magazine - Theory and Application of Software Defined Electronics: Design Concepts for the Next Generation of Telecommunications and Measurement Systems
This 27 page tutorial analyzes the analog and digital considerations when using NI USRP SDR for research in wireless communications.
Whitepaper - Building an Affordable 8x8 MIMO Testbed with NI USRP
In this whitepaper we explain how to use LabVIEW and the USRP platform to build a phase coherent MIMO testbed that scales from 2x2 to 8x8 antenna configurations and can be used for testing a wide range of MIMO and multi-user communications research.
Whitepaper - Global Synchronization and Clock Disciplining with NI USRP-293x SDR
Learn how an integrated GPS-disciplined clock provides many advantages that improve system performance, accelerate wireless prototyping, and add the capability of global synchronization.
Electronic Design - Getting Ready for 8x8 MIMO
At NIWeek 2011, we showcased the world’s first public prototype implementation of an 8x8 MIMO LTE-Advanced PHY on a commercial off-the-shelf platform, achieving a data rate of close to 1 Gbit/s.
Published Paper - Implementation of a Real-Time Wireless Interference Alignment Network
Interference alignment (IA) is a cooperative transmission technique for the interference channel.This paper describes two testbeds that implement real-time Multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) IA ...
Hands-on Seminar - A Hands-on Introduction to SDR with the NI USRP and NI LabVIEW
Discover how you can use LabVIEW system design software to easily design, prototype and deploy a wireless communications system with the NI USRP software defined radio (SDR) platform.
NI SDR User Solutions
Direction Finding and Beamforming Using NI LabVIEW and the NI USRP Platform, Imperial College London, UK
Creating more opportunities for prototyping array-processing algorithms for signal detection, direction-finding, localization, beamforming, and target-tracking ...
Cleaning Up Dirty RF: RF/Communication Physical Layer Research With LabVIEW and NI USRP, TU Dresden, Germany
Developing an improved method for applying digital signal processing to correct nonlinear RF impairments, and validating the approach using real-world wireless signals.
LabVIEW and NI USRP Hardware Accelerate Cognitive Radio Research, Instituto de Telecomunicações, Portugal
Proving that limited radio spectrum resources can be used successfully by both primary and secondary users in an economically feasible way.
Reverse-Engineering 802.11b Signals With NI USRP and LabVIEW, UT Dallas, US
Decoding 802.11 beacon (802.11b) signals from multiple Wi-Fi base stations as the first step in prototyping an indoor location positioning system.
Developing an Open Multi-constellation GNSS Receiver for Education, M3 Systems
For decades, GPS was the only global satellite positioning system available. In 2011, the Russian radio navigation system GLONASS started to provide worldwide coverage.
Software Defined Radar Using NI USRP 2920 Platform, Università della Calabria
The Microwaves Laboratory of the Università della Calabria is using the NI USRP-2920 and NI software technologies for the development of a L-band radar system for monitoring landslides fronts.
Education and Training
Clearning the Way for Ambulances Using FM Radio and the NI SDR Platform, Universidad Politechnica Salesiana, Ecuador
Reducing response time for outpatient medical equipment by increasing the attention level of civilian drivers in the path of an emergency vehicle.
Using Software Defined Radio to Motivate, Prepare, and Engage Students in Wireless Communications, Rutgers Univtersity, US
Motivating and preparing undergraduate and graduate students for technical careers in wireless communications in government, industry, and academia.
Designing Hands-On Wireless Communications Labs With the NI Universal Software Radio Peripheral and LabVIEW, Stanford University, US
Giving students opportunities to apply hands-on wireless communications concepts in the lab as part of the sophomore-level EE 49 Building Networked Systems course ...
Introducing Digital Data Transmission to Students With the NI Software Defined Radio Platform, TU Dresden, Germany
Introducing seventh- and eighth-grade students to the fundamentals of digital data transmission using radio waves as part of a technology-exploration program involving ...
Enabling Student Exploration of the Modular Design of Software Defined Radio Transceivers, RWTH Aachen, Germany
Introducing a new hands-on course series that teaches students how to develop and implement digital communication systems and software defined radio technologies ...