A software defined radio (SDR) is essentially a radio communication device that implements the use of software instead of the typically implemented hardware such as mixers, amps and modulators.
SDR is the application of Digital Signal Processing to radio waveforms. It is similar to the software-based digital audio techniques that became popular a couple of decades ago. Just as a sound card in a computer digitizes audio waveforms, a software radio peripheral digitizes radio waveforms.
In other words, SDR is like a very fast sound card with the speaker and microphone replaced by an antenna.
HackRF One is an SDR that enables fast and accurate transmission of radio signals. With excellent range and capability, it can receive and transmit signals from 1 MHz to 6 GHz. The HackRF One is an open-source platform that works as a USB peripheral. It can be programmed and managed as a stand-alone device and system.
HackRF One acts like a sound card of computer. It processes Digital Signals to Radio waveforms allowing integration of large-scale communication networks. It is designed to test, develop, improvise and modify the contemporary Radio Frequency systems.
With both military and public applications, the majority of wireless systems in the digital age could easily be transcieved by HackRF One. That’s because this SDR device can interact with a number of technologies including smartphones, GPS, IT infrastructures, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and even broadcasting stations.
The overall concept behind HackRF is to bring an open source peripheral that can assist modern day engineers and researchers for improving next generation communication systems.
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