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Old 12th August 2013, 02:50 PM   #1
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Has anyone seen this on kickstarter... I think it's pretty cool.

HackRF, an open source SDR platform by Michael Ossmann — Kickstarter

It's open source too, you can grab everything here.

https://github.com/mossmann/hackrf/wiki

I have no idea what to do with the gerber files? But I'd like to put this together.
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Old 12th August 2013, 03:03 PM   #2
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It does look like a cool project. Not a fun DIY build though, I'd imagine. Soldering the LQFP144 package may well be a challenge, but you will also have to source all those components and buy the necessary infrastructure to flash the Cortex, I suppose?
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Yeah, missed the early $200 pledge.
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Old 12th August 2013, 03:20 PM   #4
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Personally, I'd go with the $275 pledge then .

The board alone is 15 sq. inches, a run of three at OSHPark would cost you $75 or $150 (if it's four layer). I'm unfamiliar with Cortex programming, but I'd assume at least another $100 for the programmer. Now you still haven't bought any components.
Then you definitely need a stencil for the solder paste (there are 250 SMD parts in size 0402), and some equipment that will let you solder the uCs without frying them... man that sounds like a lot of trouble . Good luck though if you're going to do it anyways!

(edit: I just realised you might be working in the electronics industry and have easier access to parts and soldering/assembly machinery than the average DIYer. In that case, ignore my ramblings above...)

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Great, I'm still not sure what it does.

Besides being able to pick up all the RF in the universe.
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