Penelope - Development History
11th February 2009 - The as built construction documents Schematic, PCB and BOM files for Penelope can be found at http://openhpsdr.org/support.php
12th November 2008 = Removed non-commercial restriction from licensed materials, available on hamsdr.
- PCB files : http://www.hamsdr.com/personaldirectory.aspx?id=910
- Schematic : http://www.hamsdr.com/personaldirectory.aspx?id=909
14th November 2007 - Wide band noise floor measured by Greg, ZL3IX, at -147dBc/Hz. Design sign off and ready for production.
1st September 2007 - Alpha 2 PCB assembled and tested 100% OK - VK6APH
15th August 2007 - Alpha 2 kits all shipped today.
11th August 2007 - Alpha 2 kits are ready to ship except for three (3) parts due on the 14th. Added photos of bare boards (below).
2nd August 2007 - Alpha 2 files uploaded. Alpha 2 parts have been ordered and kits are expected to ship out by the 15th of this month.
- PCB files : http://www.hamsdr.com/personaldirectory.aspx?id=639
- Schematic : http://www.hamsdr.com/personaldirectory.aspx?id=638
- Costed BOM : had errors, deleted
12th May 2007 - Updated Verilog block diagram.
7th May 2007 - Added ALC code, updated Verilog block diagram.
3rd May 2007 - Alpha PCB working, V2 PCB presently being layed out, block diagram updated to reflect latest changes.
19th April 2007 - Alpha 1 kits sent to Penelope testers!
- Alpha 1 Notes
- 14th April 2007: EP2C8 pinout error. Pin 36 mistakenly made an IO, it is GND. Cut trace near pin 36. Add short jumper pin 36 to pin 38 (GND). Add short jumper trace side of cut to pin 41. Use pin 41 as DACCLK.
- 23rd April 2007:
- U31 pin 3 not connected to 3V3. Jumper to U36.
- L27 doesn't pick up 3V3. Jumper to U36.
- U11 pin 2 not grounded. Jumper to C41 or C50.
- PCB silkscreen doesn't show pin 1 on Hittite switches. U9 - lower left. U12 - upper right. Right hand bank of filter switches: lower right. Left hand bank of filter switches: upper left.
13th April 2007 - Bare PCBs received! Photo below.
5th April 2007 - Update.
- PCB files : see August 2nd, above.
- TAPR Board Approved Penelope Alpha 1 funding! Five (5) sets of parts and PCBs ordered today.
1st April 2007 - Added Verilog block diagram.
30th March 2007 - Update. PCB Layout edits and corrections : (replaced 05 Apr 2007)
29th March 2007 - Update. PCB Layout has many minor edits and corrections : (replaced 30 Mar 2007)
28th March 2007 - Update.
- Block diagram updated to reflect prototype PCB layout.
- Updated Alpha schematic (XA13) for Penelope is here : see August 2nd, above.
- Initial PCB Layout posted here: see August 2nd, above.
- Initial BOM posted here: see August 2nd, above.
17th February 2007 - Update. Block diagram updated to reflect latest schematic.
14th February 2007: Preliminary Alpha schematic (XA8) for Penelope is here : (replaced 28 Mar 2007)
8th February 2007 - Update. Block diagram updated to reflect current Breadboard design.
7th February 2007 - Update. Block diagram updated to reflect design feedback. Breadboard built, tested and working. Prototype PCB layout started.
3rd February 2007 - Initial Specification:
- The Atlas compatible transmitter will use Digital Up Conversion (DUC) techniques and process the I and Q signal from the PC (or Sasquatch DSP board) directly without the need for a sound card.
- Some of the planned features include:
- 1.8 - 55MHz frequency coverage
- 0.5W pep output
- Low level transverter output
- AM, C-AM, FM, CW, PSK etc
- RF phase and magnitude outputs for future Envelope Elimination and Restoration (EER) power amplifier
- Open drain FET for PTT control of external amplifiers
- Seven open collector outputs for Linear, relay etc control,
- Optional on board microphone ADC or use with a Janus card
- Frequency options:
- On board high performance 125MHz crystal oscillator
- External 125MHz source
- On board oscillator can be phase locked to 10MHz reference e.g. Gibraltar
- On board 10MHz OCXO/TCXO option
- FPGA based DUC enabling future code upgrades
- USB interface to PC via Ozy board
- I and Q balanced adjustment not required due to digital generation of RF waveform
- ADC for ALC or PA linearization etc.
- ALC processed in the FPGA to avoid delays associated with PC processing