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OsmoSDR: Update on next version of OmoSDR

Added by laforge almost 6 years ago

Christian has posted a detailed status update to the osmocom-sdr mailing list, describing his progress with enhancing the sample rate from 500 kS/s to 4 MS/s (at 14 bits ADC). Also, some impedance mismatch between tuner and ADC was fixed.

The benefits of this are not only available to the users/customers of the next generation hardware, but there will be a stacking board to upgrade the existing OsmoSDR units.

The full details can be read in his ​mailing list post

At this point there is no ETA yet when the new design will be available,

OpenBSC: Osmocom Berlin User Group / 2012-09-19

Added by laforge about 6 years ago

This is the announcement for the latest incarnation of our bi-weekly Osmocom Berlin meeting.

September 19, 8pm @ CCC Berlin, Marienstr. 11, 10113 Berlin

There is no formal presentation scheduled for this meeting.

If you are interested to show up, feel free to do so. The meeting is free as in "free beer", despite no actual free beer being around ;)

OpenBSC: Osmocom Berlin User Group / 2012-09-05

Added by laforge about 6 years ago

This is the announcement for the latest incarnation of our bi-weekly Osmocom Berlin meeting.

September 05, 8pm @ CCC Berlin, Marienstr. 11, 10113 Berlin

There is no formal presentation scheduled for this meeting.

If you are interested to show up, feel free to do so. The meeting is free as in "free beer", despite no actual free beer being around ;)

OpenBSC: Osmocom Berlin User Group / 2012-08-22

Added by laforge about 6 years ago

This is the announcement for the latest incarnation of our bi-weekly Osmocom Berlin meeting.

August 22, 8pm @ CCC Berlin, Marienstr. 11, 10113 Berlin

There is no formal presentation scheduled for this meeting. However, updates will be provided on various current developments, such as

  • Progress on the CC32RS512 smart card (osmo-cos)
  • Possibly: Status of current attempts to get CSD implemented in OpenBSC

If you are interested to show up, feel free to do so. The meeting is free as in "free beer", despite no actual free beer being around ;)

SDR (Software Defined Radio): GNSS-SDR officially supports rtl-sdr (1 comment)

Added by laforge about 6 years ago

The team of developers of the open source project GNSS-SDR proudly announces that the latest version of our GNSS receiver supports the realtime operation using RTL-SDR compatible dongles.

They achieved GPS position fix with what is probability the cheapest GPS receiver ever made. If you have a RTL2832U based compatible DVB-T receiver you can have also a GPS just adding an active GPS antenna and our free GNSS software.

All the details can be found in this article

http://www.gnss-sdr.org/documentation/gnss-sdr-operation-realtek-rtl2832u-usb-dongle-dvb-t-receiver

Visit ​http://www.gnss-sdr.org for more information about the GNSS-SDR project.

OpenBSC: Osmocom Berlin User Group / 2012-08-08

Added by laforge about 6 years ago

This is the announcement for the latest incarnation of our bi-weekly Osmocom Berlin meeting.

August 8, 8pm @ CCC Berlin, Marienstr. 11, 10113 Berlin

The schedule is as follows:

20:00 Contemporary smartphone hardware architecture (Harald)

  • Harald will be talking about hardware architecture of modern smartphones.

21:00 Informal discussions

  • Demo of OsmoPCU on sysmoBTS
  • Status of new SMSC
  • Planning phase of custom calypso board

If you are interested to show up, feel free to do so. There is no registration required. If the initial part is not interesting to you, feel free to join us later at 21:00. The meeting is free as in "free beer", despite no actual free beer being around ;)

OsmocomBB: PHDays 2012 - Abusing Calypso talk

Added by laforge over 6 years ago

Osmocom-BB team member Sylvain Munaut gave a talk at PHDays 2012 about abusing the calypso phones.

It mostly focus on the technical details of the DSP hacking that was done previously to use those phones as passive sniffer and demonstrates some more hacking to turn those phones into BTS.

The talk video is available ​here and the slides are available ​here

OsmoSDR: First 16 OsmoSDR boards available for developers

Added by laforge over 6 years ago

There are something like 16 units of OsmoSDR that we have produce and which are able to sell to interested developers.

However, as there are only 16 units right now, and as the firmware and host software is in a barely usable but incomplete state, we would like to make sure that those 16 units get sold to people who actually have an interest (and expect to have at least some time time!) to fix and improve the current shortcomings.

So if you want to be among the first 16, I suggest you contact me at Harald Welte <laforge@…> and include a short description of who you are (if you are not a Osmocom regular) as well as some incidcation that you are actually going to work on improving the code. If you already know an area that you'd like to work on, please state that, too.

The price will be 180 EUR incl. VAT (that's 151.26 EUR without), i.e. the same price as for the units that will later be sold openly.

I have put together a wiki page with the current status at Status to make you aware where we are and what is missing.

Thanks in advance for your willingness to be early users and help us to improve the codebase.

SDR (Software Defined Radio): Introducing RTL-SDR

Added by laforge over 6 years ago

While the OsmoSDR is still not available, some Osmocom team members (notably Steve Markgraf) have been hacking away on an alternative least-cost solution: rtl-sdr.

So what is rtl-sdr? It is a creative form of using consumer-grade DVB-T USB receivers, turning them into fully-fledged software defined radios.

Those DVB-T receivers supported by rtl-sdr are based on the Realtek RTL2832U chipset plus a tuner IC like the Elonics E4000.

The RTL2832U has some undocumented commands/registers, by which it can be placed into a mode where it simply forwards the unprocessed raw baseband samples (up to 2.8 MS/s 8-bit I+Q) via high-speed USB into the PC, where they are routed into gnuradio.

At a street price of about USD 20 to USD 25, they are undoubtedly the most capable low-cost SDR hardware that can be bought. So now there is really no more excuse for anyone to not learn gnuradio. You don't have to buy a USRP, not even a FCDP or an OsmoSDR: A USD 20 device is all that's needed for receiving signals like GSM, GMR, DECT, TETRA, APCO25 and many others.

OsmocomGMR: GMR-1 dissection merged in Wireshark mainline

Added by tnt over 6 years ago

All the current patches that were pending in the sylvain/gmr branch of our osmocom Wireshark tree have now been merged into the official trunk. Thanks to the Wireshark folks for reviewing them and merging them quickly.

What's supported :

  • BCCH partial support (segment 1/2A/3A fully dissected)
  • CCCH partial support (all messages ever seen on Thuraya are supported)
  • RR partial support (all messages ever seen on Thuraya are supported)
  • MM/CC forwarded to GSM dissectors and are mostly correct

The sylvain/gmr branch will now be removed but may re-appear in the future if new dissectors are written. Basically if we have new gmr stuff pending inclusion it'll be in that branch, and if the branch doesn't exist it just means the official trunk contains everything so far.

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