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SIDEKIQ™ MINI PCIE

Designed to be easily integrated into Mini PCIe card-based systems, this SDR family is a breakthrough small form-factor solution. Featuring Analog Devices AD9361 wideband transceiver, they support a tuning range of 70 MHz to 6 GHz and programmable logic, which means they can transform countless host devices into RF processing powerhouses.
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key features

RF Tuning Range

70 MHz to 6GHz

Integrated FPGA

Xilinx Spartan 6 LX45T FPGA with
x1 PCIe interface

RF Transceivers

Up to 2 RX (common LO)
Up to 1 Tx (separate Tx, Rx LO)

RF Bandwidth

Up to 50 MHz per channel

Form Factor

Mini PCIe card
(30 mm x 51 mm x 5 mm)

Power Consumption

2.1W (typical usage)

Benefits

DESIGNED FOR EMBEDDABLE APPLICATIONS

The Sidekiq™ family of tiny software-defined radios fit into standard Mini PCIe and M.2 slots and are configurable over a PCIe interface, making them an easy addition to many off-the-shelf computing systems.

BROAD SOFTWARE SUPPORT

To support the development of low SWaP solutions, the Sidekiq™ Platform Development Kit (PDK) offers an easy-to-use interface for configuring the RF transceivers and streaming data between the host and Sidekiq™.

KEY SPECS

Sidekiq™ Mini PCIe specs at a glance

Tuning Range

70 MHz to 6 GHz

Bandwidth

Up to 50 MHz per channel

Power Consumption

2W (typical usage)

Integrated FPGA

Xilinx Spartan 6 LX45T FPGA with x1 PCIe interface

Form Factor

 Mini PCIe card (30 mm x 51 mm x 5 mm)

I/O

PCIe Gen1.1 x1 (2.5 Gbps) + USB 2.0 + GPIO

Receivers

Up to 2

Transmitters

1

compared spec

Sidekiq™ Mini PCIe

Sidekiq™ M.2

RF Coverage
Bandwidth
Receivers
Transmitters
Integrated FPGA
Form Factor
I/O
Power Consumption
45 MHz to 6 GHz
Up to 50 MHz per channel
Up to 2
1
AMD Spartan 6 LX45T FPGA
Mini PCIe card
(30 mm x 51 mm x 5 mm)
PCIe Gen1.1 x1 + USB 2.0 + GPIO
2W (typical usage)
45 MHz to 6 GHz
Up to 50 MHz per channel
Up to 2
Up to 2
AMD Artix 7 XC7A50T FPGA
M.2 3042 Key B + M
(30 mm x 42 mm x 4 mm)
PCIe Gen2 x1 + USB 2.0
2.5W (typical usage)

COMPARED SPEC

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Sidekiq™ Mini PCIe

TUNING RANGE

70 MHz to 6 GHz

Bandwidth

Up to 50 MHz per channel

Power Consumption

2.1W (typical usage)

INTEGRATED FPGA

Xilinx Spartan 6 LX45T FPGA with x1 PCIe interface

FORM FACTOR

Mini PCIe card (30 mm x 51 mm x 5 mm)

I/O

PCIe Gen1.1 x1 (2.5 Gbps) + USB 2.0

RECEIVERS

Up to 2

TRANSMITTERS

1

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Sidekiq™ M.2

TUNING RANGE

70 MHz to 6 GHz

BANDWIDTH

Up to 50 MHz per channel

POWER CONSUMPTION

Under 2W (typical usage)

INTEGRATED FPGA

Xilinx Artix 7 XC7A50T FPGA with x1 Gen2 PCIe interface

FORM FACTOR

M.2 card, Module Key B+M, Socket 2 (30 mm x 44 mm x 4 mm)

I/O

PCIe Gen2 x1 (5 Gbps) + USB 2.0

RECEIVERS

Up to 2

TRANSMITTERS

Up to 2

case study

Perfect for a Range
of Applications

Enabling Wireless Security with Flying Fox® Enterprise

Using Sidekiq™ modules to create Flying Fox® Enterprise, a robust RF-sensing solution, we unlocked a new way to safeguard facilities from unauthorized wireless devices, allow for swift removal of threats, and boost first-line defense.

Building the Game-Changer in Rescue Operations

When CENTUM needed an SDR solution for their Lifeseeker search and rescue system that was compact yet powerful, we jumped at the chance. In the span of just one year, our Sidekiq™ M.2 card became a silent hero: helping CENTUM save over 100 lives yearly.

configuration

DO MORE WITH SIDEKIQ™

Placekiq™ Mini PCIe

This integrated GPS receiver + clock/timing reference distribution solution pairs perfectly with embedded systems. Synchronize up to four external devices (such as Sidekiq™) with the common 40 MHz reference clock and PPS signal provided by Placekiq. Use a USB interface to control the card and access NMEA sentences from the GPS receiver.

Add SDR to Your System

With Sidekiq™, you can turn millions of host devices into RF processing systems. These tiny SDRs fit into standard Mini PCIe and M.2 slots and can be configured over a PCIe interface, making Sidekiq™ an easy addition to many off-the-shelf computing systems.

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faq

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Software-Defined Radio (SDR)?

SDR is a radio communication system in which components traditionally implemented in hardware are instead implemented (via custom software) on a personal device or embedded computer system. SDR systems can be adapted to integrate with various communication applications. Once integrated, SDRs can be used to scan for radio frequencies, listen to FM radio, track aircraft with ADS-B, receive GPS signals, dabble in amateur radio, decode digital voice, and even bounce signals off the moon!

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How do Epiq's SDR products differ from others on the market?

Epiq's SDR solutions deliver unparalleled RF performance and flexibility in compact form factors, making them perfect for a range of applications: including mobile, portable, and space-constrained. With a wide tuning range from 70 MHz up to 6 GHz, our products can be used for things like spectrum analysis, RF recording, cellular network scanning, enforcing no-wireless policies, and more.

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Can I customize my SDR setup?

Yes, our SDRs, SDR platforms, and turnkey solutions are designed to be flexible and easily integrated. That means you can customize any of our products to fit your specific needs. 

To get started, request one of our dev kits. We have two options: Evaluation (EVK) and Platform Development (PDK). You can request a dev kit by filling out the form below. Once you do, we'll get back to you with details and next steps.

If you need assistance, Epiq’s team is always here to offer comprehensive support: including detailed product documentation and an active community for peer discussions.

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What are the data transfer options for your SDRs?

Our SDRs support various data transfer interfaces, including USB 2.0, USB 3.0, and PCI Express (PCIe), depending on the product.

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Which programming languages or frameworks do your products support?

Our SDRs support popular frameworks such as GNU Radio, and others. For programming, we support languages such as C, C++, and Python.

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Do your products support phase-coherent MIMO operations?

Yes, our SDR products, such as the Sidekiq™ X4, support multi-channel phase-coherent MIMO operations, making them suitable for a variety of applications.

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Can your SDRs operate standalone or do they require a host device?

Many of our SDRs can operate both standalone and as part of a host device, giving you the flexibility to use them as needed.

Still have questions? Reach out and we’ll do our best to help.

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Ready to tap into the power of Epiq's SDR modules and platforms? Request a dev kit today. Just fill out the form below and we'll get back to you shortly.