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SIDEKIQ™ Z2

Introducing Sidekiq™ Z2: the world's smallest wideband RF transceiver combined with a Linux computer. No more wasting time integrating the hardware: just bring your application, power source, and antenna.
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key features

RF Tuning Range

70 MHz to 6 GHz

Boot Time

< 2 seconds

Form Factor

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

RAM

512 MB of DDR3L

Power Consumption

Under 2W (typical use)

CPU

Dual-core ARM Cortex A9

Benefits

PORTABLE AND PLUG & PLAY

The Sidekiq™ Z2 integrates a powerful SDR and Linux computer into a USB 2.0 interface-perfect for on-the-go or field applications. Just plug it in and start exploring.

DESIGNED FOR MINIMAL INTEGRATION EFFORT

With so much packed onto the Z2, adding RF processing capability to your final product is easier than ever. Carrier cards can be small and simple, as they only need to provide power, an antenna, and a USB interface.

benefits

Industrial
Strength

The Z2 maintains the same level of field-proven industrial strength as other Sidekiq™ cards, making it easy to scale from prototype to high-volume production.

KEY SPECS

Sidekiq™ Z2
specs at a glance

Tuning Range

70 MHz to 6 GHz

Power Consumption

Under 2W (typical usage)

Integrated FPGA

Xilinx Zynq XC7Z010-2I System-on-Chip

Form Factor

 Mini PCIe card

I/O

USB OTG, serial, JTAG, + GPIO

Receivers

1

Transmitters

1

compared spec

Sidekiq™ Z2

Sidekiq™ MINI PCIE

RF Coverage
Bandwidth
Receivers
Transmitters
Integrated FPGA
Form Factor
I/O
Power Consumption
45 MHz to 6 GHz
Up to 50 MHz per channel
1
1
AMD Zynq XC7Z010-2I System-on-Chip
Mini PCIe card
(30 mm x 51 mm x 5 mm)
USB 2.0 OTG + serial + JTAG + GPIO
Under 2W (typical usage)
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)

compared specs

Find your Perfect Sidekiq™

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Sidekiq™ Mini PCIe

TUNING RANGE

70 MHz to 6 GHz

Channel 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

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Sidekiq™ Z2

TUNING RANGE

70 MHz to 6 GHz

CHANNEL BANDWIDTH

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POWER CONSUMPTION

Under 2W (typical usage)

INTEGRATED FPGA

Xilinx Zynq XC7Z010-2I System-on-Chip

FORM FACTOR

Mini PCIe card

I/O

USB OTG, serial, JTAG, + GPIO

RECEIVERS

1

TRANSMITTERS

1

APPLICATIONS

Perfect for a Range of Applications

Visualize
and Record rF
The Z2 transforms any platform with a Sidekiq™ radio card into a powerful RF analyzer and, in some cases, an RF recorder with ERA™.
Ditch the
Bulky SpecAn
Our multi-technology cellular scanner runs on virtually any Epiq SDR platform, bringing ultimate flexibility in small form factors. Use Skylight™ for a flexible, comprehensive analysis of your networks.
Wireless Data Link
Sidekiq™ Z2 serves as a capable wireless data link, enabling robust data communication in challenging environments. A broad frequency range and advanced processing capabilities allow it to handle a wide range of wireless data link applications.
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.

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Matchstiq™ Z2

This SDR features a Linux computer and web server, delivering real-time RF sensing data through web browsers without the need for any additional software. Its low-profile, machined aluminum housing ensures low-visibility RF sensing. Matchstiq™ Z2 works with tablets, iPads, laptops, tactical handheld radios, and virtually any host platform with USB 2.0.

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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 SDRs? Request a dev kit today. Just fill out the form below and we'll get back to you shortly.