ADALM-PLUTO Product Highlight Datasheet by Analog Devices Inc.

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SDR Active Learning Module
Product Overview
The easy to use ADALM-PLUTO active learning module (PlutoSDR)
helps introduce electrical engineering students to the fundamentals
of software-defined radio (SDR), radio frequency (RF), and wireless
communications. Designed for students at all levels and from all
backgrounds, the module can be used for both instructor-led and self-
directed learning to help students develop a foundation in real-world
RF and communications that they can build on as they pursue science,
technology, or engineering degrees.
Connecting RF Theory with RF Practice
The PlutoSDR works as a portable lab that, when used with a host, can
augment classroom learning. MATLAB® and Simulink® are two of the
many software packages supported by PlutoSDR, and it provides an
intuitive graphical user interface (GUI) so students can learn faster, work
smarter, and explore more.
Made for Teachers, Students, and Self-Learners
The PlutoSDR features independent receive and transmit channels that can
be operated in full duplex. The active learning module can generate or acquire
RF analog signals from 325 MHz to 3800 MHz at up to 61.44 megasamples
per second (MSPS). Small enough to fit in a shirt pocket, the PlutoSDR
is completely self-contained and entirely USB powered with the default
firmware. Because PlutoSDR is enabled by libiio drivers, it supports OS X®
, and Linux®
, which allows students to learn and explore on a
variety of devices.
With dozens of available online tutorials for SDR-based projects, PlutoSDR
boasts labs and teaching material covering topics such as ADS-B aircraft
position, receiving NOAA and Meteor-M2 weather satellite imagery, GSM
analysis, listening to TETRA signals, pager decoding, and many more!
XPortable self-contained RF
learning module
XCost-effective experimen-
tation platform
XRF coverage from 325 MHz
to 3.8 GHz
XFlexible rate, 12-bit ADC
and DAC
XOne transmitter and one
receiver (female SMA, 50 Ω)
XHalf or full duplex
XMATLAB, Simulink support
XGNU Radio sink and
source blocks
XLibiio, a C, C++, C#, and
Python API
XUSB 2.0 interface
XPlastic enclosure
XUSB powered
XUp to 20 MHz of instanta-
neous bandwidth
(complex I/Q)
Kit Includes
XAnalog Devices PlutoSDR active learning module
XTwo antennas (824 MHz to ~894 MHz/
1710 MHz to ~2170 MHz)
XOne 15 cm SMA cable
XOne USB cable
To purchase this active learning
module, visit
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Specifications Typical
DC Input (USB)4.5 V to 5.5 V
Conversion Performance and Clocks
ADC and DAC Sample Rate 65.2 kSPS to 61.44 MSPS
ADC and DAC Resolution 12 bits
Frequency Accuracy ±25 ppm
RF Performance
Tuning Range 325 MHz to 3800 MHz
Tx Power Output 7 dBm
Rx Noise Figure <3.5 dB
Rx and Tx Modulation Accuracy (EVM)–34 dB (2%)
RF Shielding None
USB 2.0 On-the-Go
Core Single ARM Cortex®
-A9 @ 667 MHz
FPGA Logic Cells 28k
DSP Slices 80
DDR3L 4 Gb (512 MB)
QSPI Flash 256 Mb (32 MB)
Dimensions 117 mm × 79 mm × 24 mm
4.62" × 3.11" × 0.95"
Weight 114 g
Temperature 10°C to 40°C
PlutoSDR Host Interface
The PlutoSDR supports the following USB device classes:
XMass storage (for easy firmware updates)
XSerial (for interacting with the Linux kernel/userspace on PlutoSDR)
XNetworking/RNDIS (for loading and controlling custom ARM®
XLibiio (bulk USB for SDR data transfer and control)
XDevice firmware upgrade (for backup firmware upgrades)
Open Source
The PlutoSDR open source firmware is built from Das U-Boot, the Linux
kernel, and Buildroot. As part of the class materials, the firmware
is able to be run, copied, distributed, studied, changed, and improved
with Vivado® HL WebPACK Edition (license free). Supporting USB 2.0
On-the-Go, the PlutoSDR can attach to a variety of USB peripherals (wired
networking, Wi-Fi dongles, audio, etc.), which extends functionality. All
documentation is open and available at
University and Active Learning Program
ADI’s many learning activities provide faculty and students with the
opportunity to further develop the theory, understanding, and practice to
interpret the world around them by intelligently bridging the physical and
digital realms with unmatched ADI technologies that sense, measure, and
connect. From select sponsored faculty research to samples program,
ADI provides faculty and student access to ADI products, information,
teaching materials, and mentoring for use in research, thesis, and
undergraduate projects. ADI offers co-ops and internships, and hires
many new college graduates worldwide. More information can be found
EngineerZone® Online Support Community
Engage with the PlutoSDR developers in the virtual classroom,
as well as ADI’s technology experts in our online support community.

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