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What Is a USRP Software Defined Radio Device?

A USRP Software Defined Radio Device provides a software-defined RF architecture to design, prototype, and deploy wireless systems with custom signal processing. Hardware options range from low-cost to high-performance radios with large, open FPGAs. You can develop with LabVIEW or open-source code.

Use the Software of Your Choice

No matter your development tool preferences, you can be confident in USRP hardware, which is compatible with the broadest range of software workflows on the market. You can choose LabVIEW for a unified, dataflow programming style or use the open-source driver with support for C, C++, MathWorks MATLAB®, GNU Radio, and more.

Build Advanced Wireless Systems

Modern wireless systems require a new generation of SDR for prototyping and deployment. Systems need wider bandwidth, higher frequencies, and more advanced digital signal processing architectures. Explore how the latest USRP options offer enhanced performance to build your next advanced wireless prototype.

Syncronize Multi-Radios with GPS

USRP Software Defined Radio Devices have an optional onboard GPS that you can use to syncronize multiple software defined radios and enable advanced application possibilities such as distributed multi-channel syncronized systems.

Harness the Power of FPGAs for SDR

USRP Software Defined Radio Devices also include options with an onboard FPGA—an SDR game changer that provides wireless communications designers an affordable SDR with unprecedented performance for developing next generation 5G wireless communication systems.

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Need More Real-Time Processing?

PXI FlexRIO Coprocessor Modules feature high-performance FPGAs that add signal processing capability to PXI systems. These modules leverage the latest FPGAs from Xilinx, streaming technologies such as PCI Express, and NI Peer-to-Peer Streaming for high-bandwidth data communication with other modules over the backplane. When paired with an SDR, PXI FlexRIO Coprocessor Modules provide the additional FPGA resources required to run complex algorithms in real time.


FlexRIO Feature Highlights:

  • Implement custom signal processing on large, UltraScale FPGAs
  • Multi-FPGA systems can easily be built in PXI to meet any digital signal-processing need
  • FlexRIOs have been combined with SDRs to create cutting edge testbeds

Hardware Services

Service Program Options

Every USRP purchase includes the following services:

  • One-year warranty for basic repair coverage
  • Basic assembly and functional test
  • 30-day technical support trial*


NI offers additional hardware services as part of expanded service programs that can improve uptime and lower maintenance costs.


*You can extend access to technical support by purchasing a Standard Service Program for software.