FlexRadio Systems is a pioneer in the design and development of software defined radios (SDRs) for the amateur radio market. On May 18th, 2012, FlexRadio Systems introduced the addition of the FLEX-6000 Signature Series line of radios to their product offering. The initial offering included 3 radios, priced as follows: FLEX-6500: $3999, FLEX-6700R: $5999, FLEX-6700: $6999
With up to two Direct RF to digital conversion Spectral Capture Units, the FLEX-6000 Signature Series delivers up to +45 dBm 3rd Order Intercept Point and 110dB IMD DR3 3rd Order Dynamic Range (inside the final filter!) reception on up to 8 Slice Receivers. You’ll be able to separate and work pileups with ease 100Hz away from large adjacent signals. Direct conversion also means NO MIXERS to create the auditory fatigue usually experienced with legacy multi-conversion receivers and their crystal filters. The result is amazingly pure and quiet signal reception. One-hundred watts of clean output power is generated in the Direct Up Conversion transmitter – complete with a built in antenna tuner. An optional GPS disciplined master oscillator is also available for unheard of frequency accuracy.
The FLEX-6000 Signature Series packs more signal processing power into one radio than all the other brands combined. Harnessing the power of a highly integrated Media and DSP processing engine coupled with a state of the art Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) yields up to 317 BILLION DSP processing operations per second! FlexRadio has moved the ‘heavy lifting’ computational horsepower next to the RF signal to drastically reduce latency and optimize processing performance. This extreme performance signal processing power also greatly relieves the burden on the operator’s PC. This allows for a flexible ‘thin client’ architecture for future implementations. And there’s plenty of reserve power for future apps!
Every FLEX-6000 Signature Series radio is a network radio – whether across the shack or across the world. The FLEX-6000 incorporates a highly integrated Ethernet interface providing up to 1 Gigabit data rate and driverless interface to virtually all modern PCs and home networks. This means an extremely simple interface to your PC today and connectivity to the world in the future. Multi-user and full featured remote operation capabilities are planned for upcoming releases.
SmartSDR is the perfect marriage of digital signal processing, dynamically reconfigurable FPGA programming, real-time server operating system, and thin client user interface to form an advanced radio operating environment for your FLEX-6000 Signature Series radio. A new simple yet elegant user interface gives you the controls you need when you want them yet hides unwanted complexity from the radio operator. The SmartSDR networked radio server platform supports up to 8 Slice Receivers including panadapters, audio streams, and data streams for digital modes. SmartSDR has been developed from the ground up using a layered architecture to enable high performance radio today and exciting feature enhancements tomorrow.
For more information visit their website at www.flexradio.com. A list of distributors and their contact information can be found at http://www.flexradio.com/