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The Raptor software-defined radio (SDR) Development Kit combines state-of-the-art capabilities with a flexible design, resulting in a compact, efficient solution for multiple mission requirements.

We designed Raptor with a rich feature set to support many SDR development and demonstration efforts:

  • MIMO-capable RF transceiver, 70 MHz to 6 GHz
  • 4-band preselector on both receive channels
  • Configurable transmit path supports 70 MHz to 6 GHz and includes 2.4 GHz 500 mW PA
  • Expansion header supports additional high-speed I/O
  • Rugged mechanical design with integrated RF shield
  • Accurate and precise time-tagging with external 1 PPS, NMEA-0183, NTP, and 10 MHz frequency reference.

The Raptor SDR Development Kit includes what’s needed to get started, right out of the box. The following components are included:

  • Heatsink with integrated fan (installed)
  • 8 GB microSD flash memory card with full-size SD adapter
  • 12V universal power supply
  • USB 3.0 SuperSpeed device cable (A to Micro-B)
  • USB 2.0 device cable (A to Micro-B)
  • JTAG adapter cable for Xilinx USB 2.0
  • Quick Start Guide

The Raptor I/O Expansion Mezzanine is available to add high speed Ethernet, SSDs, displays, and more to your project. The expansion mezzanine includes:

  • Dual SFP+ *
  • M.2 SATA interface *
  • Mini DisplayPort interface *
  • 10/100/1000 BASE-T Ethernet *
  • Dual-lane Samtec Firefly connector to GTH interfaces *
  • IRIG B timecode input
  • I2C, SPI, UART headers
  • 16 FPGA-connected GPIOs
  • 8-channel configurable ADC/DAC/GPIO

*Cables/modules not included


  • Zynq UltraScale+ XCZU9EG-1FFVC900E device
  • Analog Devices AD9361 2×2 MIMO RF transceiver (70 MHz to 6 GHz)
  • Wideband LNA and selectable filter bank per receiver
  • Bypassable 2.4 GHz 29 dBm power amplifier per transmitter
  • External timing inputs (i.e., 10 MHz, 1-PPS) supported
  • 4 GB 64-bit DDR4-2400 attached to Processor Subsystem (PS)
  • MicroSD memory card interface
  • 128 MB QSPI flash memory (dual parallel)
  • Dual USB 3.0 interfaces with USB 2.0 OTG compatibility
  • USB 2.0 UART (i.e., console) interface
  • Expansion connector for optional I/O mezzanine
  • Flexible 9V to 16V supply input
  • Compact form factor (5 x 2.675 in)
  • Compatible with ADI (FMCOMMS) drivers and reference designs
  • BSP, drivers, and COTS tool support included with purchase


Download the Raptor Development Kit Product Brief for an overview of the Raptor’s features.

Access our online Raptor User Guide and GitLab repository for a detailed look at the Raptor’s hardware, performance, and software applications.


Orderable Part Numbers:

  • RPTR-ZU9EG-1E-4G-01 Raptor SDR Development Kit (includes Raptor Main Board and accessories; Raptor I/O Expansion Mezzanine sold separately)
  • RPTR-XPANS-01 Raptor Expansion Mezzanine with dual SFP+ connectors, 1GbE,
    M.2 SATA SSD connector, and Mini DisplayPort interfaces

Please contact us if you are interested in customizing a product to your specific requirements.

Orders may be placed via e-mail, telephone, fax, or mail.

Commercial Price List available upon request.

Phone: 520-519-3131
Fax: 520-519-3120
Mail: Rincon Research Corporation
Attention: Sales
101 North Wilmot Road, Suite 101
Tucson, AZ 85711

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Technical Specifications


ARM Zynq UltraScale+ XCZU9EG-1FFVC900E FPGA


600 system logic cells (K)
2,520 DSP slices

SoC Application Processor

Quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 1.2 GHz, 64 bit

SoC Real-Time Processor

Dual-core ARM Cortex-R5 500 MHz

SoC Memory

4 GB of DDR4 attached to processing system


2x USB 3.0 micro-AB


MicroSD card and QSPI flash

Timing Signal

10 MHz reference
IRIG-B (requires Expansion Mezzanine)


Analog Devices AD9361

Tuning Range

70 MHz to 6 GHz, accepts optional external LOs


Up to 56 MHz
61.44 MSPS complex
12 bit resolution

Receive Path

On-board LNA and four-band preselector per receiver, run-time configurable
Accepts optional external LO

Transmit Path

Low-power, full tuning range path and high-power 500 mW 2.4 GHz PA path,
run-time configurable
Accepts optional external LO


All RF connectors are SMA

Development Interface

BSP, drivers, JTAG, and COTS tool support


L x W: 5” x 2.675” (127 x 68 mm)
H: 0.681” (17.3 mm) (Raptor only)
H: 1.5” (38 mm) (with Expansion Mezzanine)


Raptor with heatsinks: 115 g
Raptor, board only: 85 g
Raptor, Expansion Mezzanine, heatsinks: 175 g (no SSD, SFP+)

Dev Kit Included Accessories

Cables: USB 3.0, USB 2.0 (UART), JTAG adapter cable for Xilinx USB 2.0
Heatsinks: SoC and RF PAs
Power Supply: 12 VDC, 36 W, universal AC input, North American cable included

Expansion Mezzanine (sold separately)

Ethernet: Dual SFP+ 10Gb, 10/100/1000 BASE-T
Storage: M.2 SATA connector (80 mm)
Video: DisplayPort
SerDes: Samtec FireFly connector, 2 GTH pairs
I/O Header: I2C, SPI, UART
GPIO: 16 bits, FPGA attached
Analog: 8-channel ADC/DAC/GPIO
IRIG-B: Accepts AM or DC level shift