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Software Defined Radio (SDR) has taken the communications world by storm in the last decade. SDR attempts to minimize the amount of fixed, non-reconfigurable content in a radio and to maximize the amount of reconfigurable content. At first, doing so meant using digital signal processing (DSP) technology to handle the detection, demodulation, and processing of RF signals, but still relying on fixed front end circuits and antennas for initial reception. Now, as integrated circuit (IC) technology gets ever faster and more sophisticated, at sub-microwave frequencies the incoming signals are being sampled and downconverted without the need for mixers, local oscillators, filter banks, and associated circuitry. Even fixed antennas are sometimes being replaced with electronically steered phased arrays - in some cases integrated right onto the IC.

Cognitive radio exploits the capability provided by SDR to add an intelligent, adaptive nature to operations. It is capable of learning how to most effectively use its features and reconfiguring modes of operation to be the most effective and efficient. These are exciting times in the radio realm.

It is difficult to find vendors who make devices specifically marketed as SDR components, but most of the top name and even a lot of specialty companies are slowly listing SDR and cognitive radio as potential applications for their products.

Adapt4, LLC | Melbourne, FL | 321-872-6000

Adapt4® is the creator of the world's first, truly cognitive radio. Our cognitive radios provide customers the opportunity to implement new networks or to expand existing ones that are currently restricted by the scarcity of licensable FCC frequencies.

Aeroflex(now Cobham) | 800-835-2352 | Wichita, KS

Aeroflex 7200 Configurable Automated Test Set (CATS) platform provides software defined radio (SDR) manufacturers and users with the most state-of-the-art synthetic instrument platform for testing radios and modules available today, while providing future-proof support for next generation devices in the future.

Cognitive Radio Technologies, LLC | 540-230-6012 | Lynchburg, VA

CRT can help you develop a complete solution by architecting, prototyping, and implementing the advanced processing associated with cognitive radio technologies.

Coherent Logix | 512-382-8940 | Austin, TX

The Radio Waveform Development System (RWDS) provides a baseline reference system and rapid development capability for software defined radio and cognitive radio technology targetable from handheld to form-factor systems.

DataSoft | 800-7797-7153 | Tempe, AZ

DataSoft designs and prototypes board and system level hardware and software components for wireless communications involving Software Defined Radios, Bluetooth, and WiFi.

Datron World Communications. (DWC) | 760-597-1500 | Vista, CA

The PRC7700H is an IP addressable, software defined HF radio which combines DSP-IF circuitry and powerful microprocessors in a robust manpack configuration that is also suitable for rack-mounting or desktop use.

ESSOR | +49 (0) 228 5502 0 | Germany

The main scope of this project is to provide architecture of Software Defined Radio (SDR) for military purposes and a military High Data Waveform (HDR WF) compliant with such architecture, thus offering the normative referential required for development and production of software radios in Europe.

Etherstack | 917-661-4110 | New York, NY

Etherstack is the world's leading independent specialist provider of such technology - from wireless protocol stacks (waveforms) for embedded hardware and Software Defined Radio through to complete IP wide-area networks and cryptographic solutions.

Ettus Research™ | 408) 610-6399 | Santa Clara, CA

Ettus Research™, a National Instruments (NI) company since 2010, is the world's leading supplier of software defined radio platforms including the Universal Software Radio Peripheral (USRP™) family of products.

GE Intelligent Platforms | 800-433-2682

Software Defined Radio is an enabling technology that is revolutionizing the RF world by placing the data converters as close to the antenna as possible. GE Intelligent Platforms is at the forefront of this advanced technology with a family of state-of-the-art open architecture modules that include large capacity FPGA devices for customer-specified signal processing functions.


Design and development of Software Defined Radios and programmable modems for a wide range of applications.

Parsec Technologies | 972-804-4600 | Plano, TX

Amplifier chips for various wireless and mobile antenna markets. HDTV, M2M, LTE, GPS, WiFi, CATV / broadband, VHF / UHF, digital audio broadcast (DAB), macro cell & small cell, cognitive radio, software defined radio (SDR), & TV whitespace.

Rockwell Collins | 319-295-1000 | Cedar Rapids, IA

From secure, high-frequency radios to sophisticated software-defined radio technologies, our solutions span the entire operational spectrum and integrate seamlessly with your existing platforms.

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