Operating System Requirements
PowerSDR 2.x is a Windows 32-bit .NET application designed to operate on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.x and Windows 10. The .NET 3.5 SP1 Framework is required. PowerSDR v2.x will run on 32 or 64-bit operating systems. Operation in a virtual machine (VM) environment is not supported.
If you need to install the .NET 3.5 SP1 Framework, the PowerSDR 2.x Integrated Installer will install .NET 3.5 SP1 from the installation CD or try and download the necessary software from the Internet.
PC Hardware Requirements
Minimum required CPU for PowerSDR v2.x and greater is an Intel Core 2 Duo and an AMD Athlon 64 X2 and greater. Lesser processors do not have the necessary SSE2 capability or processing capacity needed for real-time signal processing. A quad core CPU or better is recommended for optimal operation. FlexRadio makes a best effort that our products will operate on a wide variety of PC hardware, however we cannot guarantee that PowerSDR and our FLEX hardware drivers will run on all Windows based devices.
PowerSDR does not use a lot of RAM, but for it to run optimally, enough RAM should be installed in order for Windows to run well. For 32-bit operating systems, the minimum recommended amount of RAM is 4GB. For 64-bit operating systems, the minimum amount is 6-8 GB.
To operate a FLEX-3000 or FLEX-5000, the PC will require an IEEE 1394a Firewire host adapter. FlexRadio recommends using Firewire adapters that utilize the TI or Lucent chipsets for proper operation. Other Firewire chipsets have proven to work marginally or not at all. Please note that most newer consumer laptops no longer provide an ExpressCard interface (slot) for adding a Firewire interface, preventing their use with a FLEX-5000 or FLEX-3000.
Supported SDR Hardware
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PowerSDR Software Upgrades
- All FLEX Series radios are shipped with the latest released version of PowerSDR software.
- PowerSDR is an "mixed source" application distributed under both a GNU General Public License and a proprietary EULA agreement
- All versions of PowerSDR are free of charge to the user.
Your FLEX Series SDR is designed to operate with the FlexRadio Systems PowerSDR software. Any new version of PowerSDR is available as a free download from this web site. Being a "mixed source" application, you may obtain a copy of the open source portions of the PowerSDR source code by contacting FlexRadio Systems and requesting a specific version of PowerSDR.