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SIDEKIQ™ X4

The Sidekiq™ X4 introduces a new level of RF integration, speeding development and improving wideband range, providing four channels with a total of 900MHz of bandwidth. It's a flexible, high-capacity RF transceiver with multi-band, sub-octave filtering on four receive paths.
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key features

RF Coverage

1 MHz to 6 GHz

Power Consumption

7 - 14 Watts

Form Factor

VITA 57.1 High Pin Count FPGA Mezzanine Card

Channel Bandwidth

Up to 450 MHz

Instantaneous BW

Up to 900 MHz

Phase-Coherent Channels

Up to 4

Benefits

READY FOR 3U VPX APPLICATIONS

Sidekiq™ X4 supports lab and field deployments with a COTS PCIe-based FPGA carrier card in a Thunderbolt™ 3 chassis and can also be integrated into COTS 3U or 6U VPX carrier cards. Its Development Kit provides a software API and FPGA source code.

FLEXIBLE RF FRONTEND

Sidekiq™ X4 4 receivers and 4 transmitters can be configured as phase coherent or two-phase coherent pairs, and its receivers can also be dual independently tuned for a total IBW of 900 MHz. Each channel's bandwidth is configurable up to 450 MHz.

benefits

Phase
Coherent
Design

Boasting four coherent channels that can operate across 6GHz of spectrum the X4 is ideal for wideband, phase coherent applications like direction finding.

benefits

VITA 57.1 FMC
(3U VPX compatible)

The Sidekiq™ X4 embraces the VITA 57.1 FMC standard, ensuring compatibility with a wide range of carrier cards, and expanding the possibilities for deployment and integration.

KEY SPECS

Sidekiq™ X4 specs at a glance

Tuning Range

 75 MHz to 6 GHz, able to capture down to 1 MHz

Bandwidth

Up to 450 MHz per channel

Power Consumption

7-14 Watts (typical usage)

Form Factor

 VITA 57.1 High Pin Count FPGA Mezzanine Card

I/O

JESD204b

Receivers

Up to 4

Transmitters

Up to 4

compared spec

Sidekiq™ X4

Sidekiq™ X2

TUNING RANGE
Bandwidth
Power Consumption
Integrated FPGA
Form Factor
I/O
Receivers
Transmitters
75 MHz to 6 GHz, able to capture down to 1 MHz
Up to 450 MHz per channel
7-14 Watts (typical usage)
/
VITA 57.1 High Pin Count FPGA Mezzanine Card
JESD204b
Up to 4
Up to 4
1 MHz to 6 GHz
Up to 100 MHz per channel
4-10 Watts (depending on the number of channels in use)
/
VITA 57.1 High Pin Count FPGA Mezzanine Card
JESD204b
Up to 3
Up to 2

compared spec

Find your Perfect Sidekiq™

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Sidekiq™ X4

TUNING RANGE

75 MHz to 6 GHz, able to capture down to 1 MHz

Bandwidth

Up to 450 MHz per channel

Power Consumption

7-14 Watts (typical usage)

INTEGRATED FPGA

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FORM FACTOR

VITA 57.1 High Pin Count FPGA Mezzanine Card

I/O

JESD204b

RECEIVERS

Up to 4

TRANSMITTERS

Up to 4

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Sidekiq™ X2

TUNING RANGE

1 MHz to 6 GHz

BANDWIDTH

Up to 100 MHz per channel

POWER CONSUMPTION

4-10 Watts (depending on the number of channels in use)

INTEGRATED FPGA

/

FORM FACTOR

VITA 57.1 High Pin Count FPGA Mezzanine Card

I/O

JESD204b

RECEIVERS

Up to 3

TRANSMITTERS

Up to 2

APPLICATIONS

Perfect for a Range of Applications

VITA 57.1 FMC & 3U VPX Ready
The Sidekiq™ is designed for easy integration with COTS 3U or 6U VPX carrier cards for ruggedized deployments. It is compatible with  VITA 57.1 FMC standard, so it can be integrated with a Thunderbolt™ 3 chassis using a PCIe-based FPGA carrier card. Our X4 Platform Development Kit (PDK) gives you access to the software API and the source code of the FPGA reference design, simplifying your development.
Ideal for Wireless Communications
The Sidekiq™ X4's impressive RF capabilities and expansive bandwidth lend themselves well to modern wireless communications, providing a reliable solution for complex tasks.
Perfect for Defense Applications
A robust design and powerful performance make the Sidekiq™ X4 an ideal choice for defense and intelligence applications, where reliability is critical.
case study
Powering Next-Gen Direction
Finding through Generative AI

Interested in delving into the synergy of AI and advanced RF sensing solutions? Learn how the integration of Epiq's Sidekiq™ X4 and DeepSig's ML models provided a unique solution for spectrum awareness and RF signal detection, particularly in naval operations.

Building and Verifying SOSA-Aligned Phase Coherent RF Systems

Delve into the importance of phase-coherent operation in RF environments, offering detailed insights into achieving and measuring phase coherence with the Sidekiq™ X4.

See Sidekiq X4 in Action

See how Sidekiq X4's multiple phase coherent channels can be used for MIMO, Beamforming, and Direction Finding. Originally shared in the GNU radio conference, this video offers an in-depth look at how Epiq's advanced SDRs enable powerful, flexible, and efficient RF applications.

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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.