Airspy Now Available for Pre-Order (Shipping Mid November)
The long awaited Airspy software defined radio is now available for preorder and will ship during mid November for those orders placed before November 7. It is priced at $199 USD.
The Airspy is an RX only SDR with a tuning range of 24 MHz to 1.7 GHz, up to 10 MHz of instantaneous bandwidth and a 12-bit ADC. The full list of features is shown below. If you are looking for an upgrade to the RTL-SDR and do not need TX capabilities, this is probably the SDR that will provide the best performance for price.
- Continuous 24 – 1750 MHz RX range with no gaps
- 3.5 dB NF between 42 and 1002 MHz
- Tracking RF filters
- 35dBm IIP3 RF front end
- 12bit ADC @ 20 MSPS (80dB Dynamic Range, 64dB SNR, 10.4 ENOB) – Yeah, size does matter.
- Up to 80 MSPS for custom applications
- Cortex M4F @ up to 204MHz with Multi Core support (dual M0)
- 1.5 ppm high precision, low phase noise clock
- 1 RTC clock (for packet time-stamping)
- External clock input (10 MHz to 100 MHz via MCX connector) – Ideal for phase coherent radios
- 10 MHz panoramic spectrum view with 9MHz alias/image free
- IQ or Real, 16bit fixed or 32bit float output streams
- No IQ imbalance, DC offset or 1/F noise at the center of the spectrum that plagues all the other SDRs
- Extension ports: 16 x SGPIO
- 1 x RF Input (SMA)
- 1 x RF Output (Loopthrough, U-FL)
- 2 x High Speed ADC inputs (up to 80 MSPS, U-FL)
- 4.5v software switched Bias-Tee to power LNA’s and up/down-converters
One is like a Swiss army knife the other is like a scalpel, both are useful in their own right.
I’m pretty sure that if I was able to look up the full BOM for the Airspy and included shipping to the factory, assembly and testing (excluding any profit for anyone) it would probably be in the price range $75-$100 for a lot of 1000. I can’t picture anyone lending $75k-$100k, taking that risk, with no return on investment. I think that the price point is what it is because that is what it needs to be. I very much suspect that if more than a thousand people had registered an interest in the project when they had the first prototypes, the price point would be lower. I still think that it is value for money, and I already own a FunCube Pro and a HackRF.
That is one crazy price for $20 worth of components. No point buying this when HackRF can do so much more and is in the same ballpark.
I agree. HackRF is much better value
Not necessarily. HackRF has only 8bit ADC and no filtering.
Technically it does have 2 filters, they are just very wide 🙂
One low pass filter
and one high pass filter