Embeddable M.2 2280 SDR + integrated pre-select filters and GPS

A Tiny SDR + Filters and GPS

Compatible with millions of computer systems

Sidekiq Stretch combines the Sidekiq Family's state-of-the-art wideband RF processing capabilities with an integrated GPS clock and flexible Rx pre-select filtering, all in a common form factor with wide compatibility out of the box.

  • RF Tuning Range

    70 MHz to 6 GHz

  • RF Bandwidth

    Up to 50 MHz per channel

  • Power Consumption

    2.5W (typical usage)

  • Integrated FPGA

    Xilinx Artix 7 XC7A50T FPGA with x1 Gen2 PCIe interface

  • Form Factor

    M.2 2280 Key B+M (22 mm x 80 mm x 4.5 mm)

  • I/O

    PCIe Gen2 x1 (5 Gbps) + GPIO

  • RF Transceivers

    1 Rx + 1 Tx separate LO

  • GPS

    Integrated GPSDO receiver with PPS

  • Filtering

    Sub-octave Rx pre-select with adjustable band-pass from 50MHz to 6GHz

Widely Compatible

M.2 2280 Form Factor

Based on Analog Devices’ AD9361, Sidekiq Stretch packs a lot of power into the tiny M.2 2280 form factor, commonly utilized for solid state hard drives that support NVMe® in laptops, tablets, and other computing platforms.

A Common Form Factor

Because Sidekiq Stretch comes in the M.2 2280 form factor - commonly found on the motherboards of laptops and tablets for adding fast NVMe SSDs - high performance off-the-shelf host platforms are easy to find, source, and integrate with an SDR running your RF application.

Use as a Thunderbolt™ 3 Peripheral

With our Thunderbolt™ 3 Housing

The Sidekiq Stretch is also available in a Thunderbolt 3 carrier with a small enclosure (providing SMA ports for RF, and a Thunderbolt 3 compatible USB-C connector for both power and connectivity to the host).

Use as a Compact RF Platform

With our Intel® NUC Development Kit

Looking for a Compact High Performance Compute Platform with an Integrated Sidekiq Stretch? To support customers that are looking for a complete SDR + high performance computer solution in a small for factor, Epiq Solutions offers Sidekiq Stretch pre-integrated into an Intel NUC 8th generation computer. For more information on the NUC + Stretch offering, contact us.

  • Intel Core i7 quad-core x86 CPU
  • NUC I/O includes USB3, gigabit ethernet, Thunderbolt™3, and HDMI
  • Extended chassis to provide access to Rx/Tx/GPS antenna ports, as well as 10 MHz input and PPS input
  • 16 GB RAM
  • 1 TB SSD (2.5”)
  • Pre-loaded with Ubuntu Linux (18.04)
  • Sidekiq Stretch
  • JTAG and GPIO access

Integrated Features

To simplify your product development

Integrated GPS

Sidekiq Stretch includes an integrated GPS receiver + GPS disciplined oscillator (GPSDO) for for excellent long-term positioning accuracy. It also includes a 40 MHz output that can be passed to another Sidekiq.

Integrated Pre-Select Filters

If you need a receiver that enables optimum interference protection, Sidekiq Stretch is for you. The Rx pre-select filtering available in Sidekiq Stretch is flexible, not fixed, and is automatically, intelligently configured by Epiq Solutions' libsidekiq API. Integrated Rx pre-select filter gives you increased control through variable bandpass covering 50 MHz to 6 GHz. While other solutions need to connect to a bulky, external filtering mechanism, Sidekiq Stretch incorporates this filtering into its small, standard M.2 2280 form factor, allowing you to either save space and reduce your product size, or free up space to accommodate other technology needs.

Ready to Develop

We have tools to help get you started


    One Dell 7530 laptop (or similar) running Ubuntu, with one Sidekiq Stretch card pre-installed inside the laptop


    An easy-to-use interface for configuring the RF transceivers and streaming data between the host and Sidekiq Stretch over the PCIe interface


    PC-based spectrum analyzer (ERA) and libsidekiq Linux software library pre-loaded on the laptop


    One JTAG fixture with an additional Sidekiq Stretch and Thunderbolt™3 cable


    Sidekiq Stretch FPGA reference design source code to enable user-customized FPGA designs


    One year warranty, software updates and web-based support

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