Thursday, December 06, 2012

HackRF Beta Update

Sorry, folks! HackRF beta manufacturing (that I had hoped would take place in December) has been delayed until late January or early February. The reason for the delay is the most mundane that you can imagine: ordering components and getting them all delivered to the factory.

Generally speaking, it's pretty easy to buy a handful of parts for prototyping, and it is easy to buy tens of thousands for manufacturing. Buying 500 units of a part at a reasonable price for low volume manufacturing isn't always easy, however. A few of the components took several weeks to source, but they are all on order as of this week.

One component was particularly problematic, the Si5351C clock generator IC. We weren't sure why we were having so much trouble locating 500 units of Si5351C-A until the Si5351C-B suddenly appeared on the market. The new revision is only a little different than the old one, but it has some advantages; the biggest advantage is availability! I had a few units overnighted to me and tested them. Unfortunately changing to the new revision required that I add a single resistor to the Jawbreaker design. It's a very minor change, but even small changes have the potential to cause delays. In this case, the long lead time for some of the components has given us enough extra time that we can make such a change as necessary.

The good news is that we were finally able to order everything at pricing close to what I anticipated. Beta units will likely be shipped in February, so look for an announcement around that time.


SDRGuy said...
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SDRGuy said...


Thank you for the update.

Looking forward toward the
HackRF when it is ready.

Thank yoou for the contribution.



linkxs said...

Thanks for the update! Can't wait for the betas!


j said...

Cant Wait to start hacking some wireless protocols.

What improvements have been made with the new clock IC?

Anonymous said...

Sad hax0r is sad. :(

But knowing that it wil eventually be here is promising - just have to wait longer.

Anonymous said...

Oh Yummy !
Just in time for ShmooCon 2013 !!!

Better a little later than not at all.

1 said...

Thank you for the update..

What would you think of doing another Podcast or youtube video of with the HackFR.... I just cant get enough..


Steinn said...
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Steinn said...

Thanks for the update and thanks for all your hard work, you RF rock start!

would love to see you do more interviews (hak5 / EEVblog / amphour)

Just so nice to see someone with a passion for this stuff!

Michael Ossmann said...

The clock IC really didn't change much. The biggest difference is the output impedance.

SDRGuy said...


Thank you for the update.

I'm going to be including a few
of your slides per the email I sent
you in lieu of my upcoming SDR demo:


Jeff - KK4ETK said...

I'm going to go check out the Git repo now. I'm excited to see what us amateur radio folks can do with this once it's done. My gears are turning right now, as well as those of a couple of my peers that live in infosec and are hams. This could very well be the BitX20 of SDR.

If nothing else, when I had to get on the waiting list for my Funcube Pro and Funcube Pro+, and there was a huge amount of demand, I'd anticipate that same demand and pounding of ordering infrastructure that Howard got. :-)

One thing I haven't seen (and it's doubtful that you have an idea until you can source parts ) is anticipated pricing. Is it to early for that?

Jeff - KK4ETK said...

Oh, I was going to add - I can see some type of tuning magnetic loop antenna working quite well with this device. We'll have to see once this comes out and folks can get their hands on it.

Neversphere said...

Has the new component problem been sorted out? I can't wait to start playing with this.

Michael Ossmann said...

Jeff - KK4ETK: I'm shooting for a retail price of about $300 for the final unit with an enclosure.

Neversphere: All the components are now ready to ship. Follow the hackrf tag for the latest info.

Unknown said...

Hi Michael ,

I'm very interesting about HackRF,but missed the Kickstarter pre-order.So,where can I get buy a HackRF? I want to research about SDF topic, so I really needs this tool.Thank you!

Michael Ossmann said...

Marcus: For the latest information on HackRF availability, see

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