Red Pitaya is a privately owned company established in 2013 as a result of a spin off from Instrumentation Technologies LLC, the leading company in designing and building high performance instruments for particle accelerators. With the help of a successful Kickstarter campaign, deep engineering background and passionate young individuals with innovations in their heart we are constantly growing and changing the test and measurement market. As a confirmation of our innovative approach we were awarded the prestigious Frost & Sullivan Global Electronic Test&Measurement Tools New Product Innovation Award in 2014.
Our culture is in the passion for what we do, and the pride in the products we deliver.
Our vision is to achieve the position of a global leader in high performance embedded signal processing in open source test & measurement application areas and to build a large community of people passionate about electronics.
STEMLab is a compact replacement for several expensive instruments and is also a universal teaching/learning tool. With help of STEMLab the teaching and learning process is simplified and it enables students to easily cross the steep learning curve in electronics, circuits, mechanics, signal processing, FPGA, and more. With the Red Pitaya Visual Programming SW, students with no programming background can build several exiting projects within minutes. Visual Programming also offers the possibility to learn programming by observing the conversion of visual commands into several sophisticated programming languages (C, C++, Python). For advanced users, all the application's source code is available on our GitHub. By applying incremental changes to the code, you can easily access a wide range of technologies and knowledge. It is also very suitable for PhD or other research projects, and it is compatible with LabVIEW and Matlab too. Because of its open source nature, it can be also used as an FPGA development tool.
Christoph Rose-Petruck (Professor at Brown University)
Red Pitayas in the classroom will offer university students an introduction to not only a wide variety of scientific and analytical instruments, but the electronics design, DSP (digital signal processing), FPGA and basic programming logic which is at the heart of many fields today.
Nancy Golden (Professor)
“Red Pitaya is a student's dream. Affordable and portable. I like the community aspect that encourages students to stretch themselves and explore new options – an inherent trait required for every budding engineer.
STEMLab is a great springboard for electronics enthusiasts, because it offers a great user interface and can easily be reconfigured for any kind of interaction with the outside world by simply modifying the available applications. The out-of-the-box applications, such as the Oscilloscope or Spectrum analyzer, enable fast debugging of electronics projects.
Andrew Back (Open Source and Technical Communities Consulting)
Fantastic litle board that puts capabilities which were previously the reserve of well funded labs into the hands of hobbyists, makers, classrooms and professional engineers withmodest budgets.
Katie Denton (Part of the Women@NASA mentoring program)
Red Pitaya is an amazing tool. Not only do I use it weekly as an instrument (mostly as an oscilloscope), but it is also a very powerful and versatile development board. Using Visual Programming and the Sensor Extension Module, I can quickly and easily turn my ideas into fully working projects!
STEMLab can be also used as a software defined radio (SDR) and can replace a wide set of other instruments, such as a SWR meter, a network analyzer etc. Find more about it here:
Ulrich Habel (Radio Communication System Engineer and author of the Radio Box application)
Red Pitaya is exactly what I have been looking for: having one of the latest FPGAs combined with fast and broad AD- and DA-converters attached to that chip. Additionally, a nice Linux environment helps to use already known tools to be used. All in all, the Red Pitaya credit card-sized web-controlled device allows for quick development of own features: understanding and enhancing the FPGA configuration as well as creating code for the CPU-cores gives an enormous insight to state-of-the-art devices and tools on the market.
Jorg Saure - What is so special about making an SDR transceiver with Red Pitaya by yourself?
The answer to that is that, in a short period of time, you will experience a sense of and create a super SDR transceiver which can be compared to other equipment in a considerably higher price achievement range.
On top of that, there is the sense of building something yourself which is highly valued in the circle of radio amateurs. Many thanks go to Dr. Pavel Demin who has written the software that made it possible to use Red Pitaya as a SDR transceiver and to the Red Pitaya company for the excellent measuring device, which it really is, and nice and friendly contacts I had so far.
STEMLab is a very suitable solution for detecting and analyzing fast phenomena, as well as generating or simulating complex signals.
David Schuster (Professor and Researcher at the University of Chicago
I have been investigating the Red Pitaya board for the past few months and we've been very impressed with its accessibility and usefulness for research. I developed a really special feedback controller, and we are working on making a real time quantum bit measurement system. In particular, unlike almost any other FPGA solution we've encountered, the Red Pitaya has allowed us to focus on the problems at hand rather than spending all of our time worrying about getting data in and out of the FPGA. This is especially hard to find in boards with fast A/D and D/A.
STEMLab is a great building block for test and measurement applications. It is a compact and reliable product reducing costs and enabling user customization.
Daniel DeCiccio (CEO, Research Instruments Corporation)
Research Instruments Corporation incorporates a Red Pitaya into the core of its X-ray Plasma Sources. The Red Pitaya allows us to eliminate the need for a separate control computer and monitor the X-ray output in a reliable, compact and cost effective manner. Thanks to their size, capability and reliability, Red Pitayas are the brain behind our X-ray sources going forward.
Adam Carlson (Advanced Lead Engineer at GE Aviation)
I have had the chance to have a Red Pitaya from the initial release. The device is my “go-to” desktop testing tool. Its capabilities far exceed its size. The best part is that the community is expanding as are the hardware and software options. The Red Pitaya is truly blossoming. I look forward to its future growth.
The ultimate FPGA technology, Xilinx Zynq 7010, coupled with very accurate high-end ADCs represents the core of the STEMLab circuit. Together with the experienced Red Pitaya design team and thorough testing it makes STEMLab a very unique technology solution on the market.
Not only technology, design also matters to us! We have been working hard in order to make every detail very special and you will be able to tell it once you get STEMLab in your hands.
Curved design of front-end input and output connectors makes it as small as possible (NO need for other adapter boards).
Red Pitaya was rewarded by Frost&Sullivan in 2014 as the best-in-class performance in Electronic and Test and Measurement Tools category.
Following an extensive analysis in accordance with the key benchmarking criteria of new product attributes, such as quality and design, and customer impact, including price/performance value, positioning and customer ownership experience, Red Pitaya was rated the highest performing company in the category for 2014.
The Frost & Sullivan research highlighted that the key aspects to the positioning of Red Pitaya are that it is a multi-function, open-source, and reconfigurable instrument. Red Pitaya is more than a product; it is a test and measurement environment that includes a board, an application store called Bazaar, a source code library called Backyard, all of which foster collaboration and ultimately unleash the inventiveness of users. Red Pitaya is based on a dual core ARM Cortex A9 + Xilinx Zynq 7010 FPGA system-on-chip (SoC), which features a dual core processor and FPGA logic, allowing for software and hardware programming. Customizable at the FPGA and CPU levels, Red Pitaya is able to process real-world signals.
The evaluation by Frost & Sullivan concluded: “Red Pitaya is a breath of fresh air in the test and measurement industry. Frost & Sullivan's independent analysis of the test and measurement market clearly shows that through a combination of high performance and small size at a lower price than competing alternatives, the value proposition of Red Pitaya is boosted by the open-source and reconfigurable aspects of the platform. With its strong overall performance, Red Pitaya has earned Frost & Sullivan’s 2014 Global New Product Innovation Award.”
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