As well as its T&M expertise, Red Pitaya's force is its user community that largely contributed to the open-source software running on its platform.
"We create a new solution, they test it, we fix some issues, they fix stuff too. You'll never have 10,000 developers in a single T&M company" he boasts.
In essence, the Red Pitaya STEMlab is an ultra-portable highly configurable data acquisition module which researchers or industry can let run in the field or embed into machinery. Red Pitaya also offers to customize its board for volume orders that require specific arrangements. While all the code is open-source, with plenty of available resources contributed from a community of users, the STEMlab platform is proprietary and it is something that could be licensed to OEMs wanting to embed it in specific applications.
Now the piggy-back VNA running on STEMlab is about the same size of the original STEMlab. It covers a frequency range of 500kHz to 62MHz, has a directivity of 42dB (typ), a dynamic range of 74dB and a noise floor of 88dBm. Software features include: plot formats (Smith chart, impedance, SWR, reference coefficient, return loss); open, short & load calibration modes; measurement export and marker readouts.
Included in the VNA module box are an RF SWR bridge module in an aluminium enclosure, calibration accessories (50 ohm, open & short load) and cables.
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