Red Pitaya

Single-board minicomputers (SBC) are great solution for embedded designers due to high computational performance and ease of custom software implementation. Almost every minicomputer can work under Linux operating system, but some of them also supports other OS types such asWindows or Android. Typical SBC contains all of the critical components that are essential for every kind of computer: a powerful processor, RAM memory and some kind of storage memory – most often microSD card and/or eMMC. Basic interfaces are also implemented, for example display outputs (analog, HDMI, DVI), camera ports, USB, Ehternet and even GPIO headers for easy integration with custom electronic circuitry. But what if we also add another cool functionality in form of high-speed analog front-end and a powerful FPGA chipset? It has been already done – let’s meet Red Pitaya, the world’s first SBC dedicated to measurement applications. Compact and portable PCB contains all circuits that enable you to use this unique minicomputer as digital oscilloscope, spectrum analyser, LCR meter and much more.


UC - Microkontroler
UC - freq
UC - core
UC - External memory
UC - Digital pins
UC - Connector
UC - Ethernet
UC - WiFi
UC - Bluetooth
UC - Camera interface
UC - Linux
UC - Android
UC - Windows

Red Pitaya – the whole electronics lab at your fingertips!

Design of Red Pitaya PCB jest based on powerful Xilinx Zynq 7010 SoC containing ARM Cortex A9 CPU+ combined with high-speed FPGA intended to use in parallel processing and generation of analog signals. The SBC includes bulilt-in 512 MB DDR3 RAM and a microSD slot that acts as a data storage for OS, apps and user data. PCB dimensions are only 107 x 60 x 21 mm but the board is populated with a lot of connectors: Ethernet RJ45, two microUSB ports (one for external power supply adaptor and the other for console), one USB A vertical socket, two Sync connectors (for daisy-chain interconnections), two IDC connectors (100 mils pitch) and four high-quality SMA edge connectors for on-board RF front-end. Red Pitaya can work with machines running most popular operating systems: Linux, Windows and iOS. The board also supports Matlab and LabVIEW environments, so it’s great choose for various research projects demanding some high-speed hardware-related functionality.

Flexible RF front-end and powerful applications from Bazaar store

The most important advantage of Red Pitaya design is huge flexibility of build-in high-frequency analog front-end. It contains two inputs with user-selectable voltage range (+/- 1V or +/-20 V) and sampling frequency of up to 125 MSps. The vertical resoultion of on-board analog-to-digital converters is 14 bit, so Red Pitaya greatly fits even more sophisticated measurement needs. The two RF outputs also can work at sampling frequency up to 125 MHz @ 14 bit vertical resolution. Because all of the measurement functionality is softwareo-defined using flexibility given by FPGA matrix and no blocks are hardwired for speficic purpose, the user can benefit from true software-defined lab instruments. Converting your Red Pitaya board to useful oscilloscope, function generator, spectrum analyser, LCR meter or even ultra-high speed 2x2 MIMO PID controller can be made by downloading and installing ready-to-use applications from Bazaar store. Thus the way you use your SBC in your lab depends only on current design needs.

Red Pitaya STEMLab 125-10 StarterKit

If you are interested in starting your design using Red Pitaya and you want to decrease time needed for setup of the set, choose Red Pitaya STEMLab 125-10 StarterKit. The kit includes Red Pitaya (STEMLab) module as well as all the accessories you need to begin using the SBC in your lab. So you will find compatible USB power supply adaptor with two types of AC plug, an Ethernet cable and microSD card with adapter for full-size SD. Because Red Pitaya supports all popular operating systems, you can seamlessly integrate it with your laptop, creating feature-rich, mobile electronics lab that you can take everywhere you need. It’s particularly useful when you need to run some measurements or development in field, out of your room. Tiny and lightweight SBC can also act as upt to 60MHz SDR (sofware defined radio), increasing your productivity and releasing creativity in custom RF designs.