Myriad RF, the open source RF hardware initiative, has launched a new open-source interface board to connect field programmable RF (FPRF) transceiver systems directly to FPGA boards. The mezzanine board, called Zipper, is a multi-carrier board with HSMC, FMC, general purpose pin header and USB connections.
Zipper has been designed to allow the FPRF boards to interface with both Altera and Xilinx development platforms – and, as a result, enables direct connection with a PC for control and calibration.
The resulting system enables wireless systems of almost any size and complexity to be easily created on any wireless standard or frequency.
Zipper was created by a collaboration between Lime Microsystems and Azio Electronics.
The Zipper board’s design files can be downloaded in KiCad format free of charge and under liberal open source licensing terms. Prebuilt versions of the interface board will soon be available via distribution partners, Azio, DigiKey, Eastel, Richardson and Vitec.
Lime has also released a new version of the control utility for use with the Zipper board, which is supported on both Windows and Linux. The utility allows for the setup and calibration of the LMS6002D transceiver, along with configuration of the board.