The FlexRadio FLEX-5000C™ Software Defined Radio
High Performance Software Defined Radio with the Convenience of an Integrated Computer!
FLEX-5000C - Front View
The FLEX-5000C has all of the standard features of a FLEX-5000A™ with additional enhancements to push the level of integration and ease of use to a new level.
The FLEX-5000C builds on the phenomenal performance and architecture of the FLEX-5000A by incorporating the software defined radio hardware and the computer, which is essentially the digital signal processing (DSP) engine and the Graphical User Interface (GUI), into one convenient package. Since the same receiver and transmitter are common throughout the entire FLEX-5000 family, the FLEX-5000C has the same outstanding performance and capabilities of the FLEX-5000A. By utilizing an embedded Intel Core™ 2 Duo processor the FLEX-5000C eliminates the need for an external computer and FireWire connection. This makes the FLEX-5000C a "single box software defined radio solution" that is ideal for amateurs who don't have or want to use an external computer or want a less complex setup for their operating position. It is the perfect software defined radio for remote operation!
Mini-ITX Motherboard with Intel Chipset.
The FLEX-5000C is well equipped with a highly optimized and feature rich Mini-ITX motherboard that incorporates the mPGA478 socket which utilizes Intel Core™ 2 Duo processors. Due to Intel's latest dual core technology, the motherboard achieves both superior data processing capability and low power consumption which makes it ideal for the FLEX-5000C. Here are just some of the Mini-ITX motherboard's features:
Note: The mini-ITX motherboard contained in the FLEX-5000C operates from the user supplied 13.8 VDC power supplied for the transceiver and does not require a connection to 120/220 VAC power source.
- Front Side Bus 533/667 MHz
- Intel® 945GM + Intel® ICH7R chipset
- Intel® GMA950 graphic controller on board
- Dual independent display support (two DVI interfaces)
- DDR2 memory support
- SATA150/300 IDE controller
- 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet ports
- USB 2.0 Ports
- External RS232C Serial Port
- EEE1394 Firewire Ports
Intel Core™ 2 Duo Processor Embedded.
The FLEX-5000C embedded motherboard utilizes a high performance Intel Core™ 2 Duo processor inside the
FLEX-5000C chassis. This innovative hardware combination eliminates the external computer and FireWire® connection which greatly simplifies setup. All of the necessary radio and computer hardware needed to run the transceiver is conveniently packaged in one enclosure†.
Windows XP Professional Installed Along with FlexRadio PowerSDR™ and a Collection of Ham Radio Software.
The embedded Intel Core™ 2 Duo compatible motherboard is pre-loaded with the Windows XP Professional operating system and has the latest released version of FlexRadio PowerSDR installed and ready to go. In addition, a collection of freeware and shareware programs are loaded on the hard drive for your convenience, such as vCom, the virtual serial port software needed for communicating with third-party CAT programs and other ham radio specific software.
Dual Channel DDR2 Memory.
High speed random access memory (RAM) is essential for execution of real-time audio processing programs such as FlexRadio PowerSDR. To ensure optimal performance, the embedded Mini-ITX motherboard is populated with one (1) GB of fast dual-channel DDR2 RAM.
Advanced Graphic Display and Dual Independent Video Display Support.
It is more and more common for amateur radio operators using software defined radios to utilize various software programs at the same time they are running FlexRadio PowerSDR. In order for all of the programs to be visible at one time, a very large single display or multiple monitors are employed. The
FLEX-5000C uses Intel's Embedded Graphics Drivers to provide support for high resolution monitors and dual-display configurations. With the dual-display configuration you can configure multiple monitors in either TWIN (both monitors have the same timings) or CLONE (monitors have different timing) modes for unsurpassed flexibility.
Serial ATA (SATA) Hard Drive.
The FLEX-5000C comes standard with a small format (2.5") 160 GB SATA/150 hard drive. Although FlexRadio PowerSDR is not a disk intensive application, the 1.5 Gb/s transfer rate of the SATA/150 hard drive is necessary for optimal paging file performance required by Windows XP which does indirectly affect the performance of FlexRadio PowerSDR.
Wireless Keyboard and Mouse.
Every FLEX-5000C comes with a wireless keyboard and mouse that further eliminates the clutter of cables while providing the ultimate flexibility in setting up your shack or taking your FLEX-5000C on the road.
Direct Internet Access from the FLEX-5000C.
You will be able to access the Internet directly from your FLEX-5000C using the Windows XP operating system and an Internet web browser of your choice‡. You can have direct access to www.flexradio.com, packet clusters, propagation conditions, QRZ.com and other Internet based resources from your radio. This capability provides the convenience to download the most current version of FlexRadio PowerSDR directly to the FLEX-5000C. You can also setup remote operation with voice over IP software and Windows remote control software, like VNC. Check out the remote operation "how to" articles located in the FlexRadio Knowledge Base.
FLEX-5000C Technical Specifications:Please refer to the KC article, FLEX-5000A and FLEX-5000C Transceiver Specifications for the most current technical specifications. Please note that the specifications for the FLEX-5000C are subject to change at any time without notice.
Made in the USA
All FlexRadio Systems products are designed, manufactured, assembled, quality checked and calibrated in Austin, TX USA.
RoHS Compliant Manufacturing
FlexRadio Systems takes environmental issues very seriously making concerted efforts to minimize the impact of our products on the Earth. As such, the base FLEX-5000C transceiver is in compliance with the RoHS (Reduction of Hazardous Substances) directive for minimizing the amount of hazardous materials in its construction by using lead-free
components and manufacturing techniques.
† - An external monitor (1024x768 min / 2048x1536 max resolution) is required and is not included with the FLEX-5000C
‡ - Requires customer provided broad band Internet access from a local Internet service provider.
Since the software is the other half of a software defined radio, visit the FlexRadio PowerSDR Details web page to discover the complete set of features the FLEX-5000C supports.
FLEX-5000C Terms and Conditions of Sale
The FLEX-5000C includes Amateur Radio band transmit capability, which requires a valid amateur radio license; therefore you must provide proof of your Amateur Radio license for all models with transmission capability at time of purchase. (2) Product may be returned for full credit within 30 days from shipment if it is returned in new condition, with all cables and documentation and in the original packing materials. The option for returning a product for full refund within the first thirty days from purchase is valid only once per customer regardless of product.
FLEX-5000C 2-Year Limited Warranty
This Limited Warranty is effective as of the date of first purchase by the consumer. Original equipment warranties and manufacturer support for FlexRadio products applies only to the original purchaser and are not transferable unless a warranty transfer agreement is purchased from FlexRadio Systems. Before requesting warranty service, you should complete a careful review of the most recent version of the Troubleshooting Section of the FLEX-5000 Operating Manual found on the FlexRadio Systems web site or contact a FlexRadio authorized service center for problem identification and triage. Any product returned for service that is out of warranty or has had its warranty voided is subject to a one (1) hour diagnostic bench charge (currently $65). This charge will be applied to any work performed.
What is covered:
During the first two years after date of purchase, FlexRadio will replace defective parts free of charge (post-paid) for transceiver components only. FlexRadio will replace defective computer components (motherboard, CPU, memory and hard drive) for one year after date of purchase. Any replacement hardware parts will be warranted for the remainder of the original warranty period or ninety (90) calendar days from the date of installation or repair, whichever is longer. FlexRadio will also correct any failure caused by defective parts and materials. You must send the unit at your expense to FlexRadio. FlexRadio will pay return shipping.
What is not covered:
This Limited Warranty as it pertains to the transceiver or radio components does not cover repair or damage caused by (1) misuse, negligence or user modifications; (2) any performance malfunctions involving non-FlexRadio accessory equipment; (3) connection to improper or unstable voltage supply; (4) improper execution of hardware calibration or test routines; (5) the incorrect installation of any and all cables connected to the radio by the user; (6) the use of third-party software applications or hardware that directly or indirectly controls radio functions and/or operating state by utilizing a communication or control protocol, such as, but not limited to CAT or I2C commands or (7) random acts of nature such as flood, fire, water, weather related storm, lightning or electrostatic discharge damage.
This Limited Warranty as it pertains to the computer components does not apply to cosmetic damages; damage or loss to any software programs, data, or media; or damage due to (1) accident misuse, abuse, negligence, commercial use or modifications of this Product; (2) improper operation or maintenance of this Product; (3) connection to improper or unstable voltage supply; (4) attempted repair by any party other than a FlexRadio authorized service facility; (5) damage incurred from "overclocking" or operating system components beyond there designed operating specifications and (6) installation of third-party software programs that are responsible for damage or malfunction of the Product. This Limited Warranty does not apply when the malfunction results from the use of the Product in conjunction with accessories, products or ancillary or peripheral equipment, or where it is determined by FlexRadio that there is no fault with the Product itself. Also not covered is reimbursement for loss of use, inconvenience, customer assembly or alignment time, or cost of unauthorized service.
Limitation of incidental or consequential damages:
This warranty does not extend to non-FlexRadio equipment or components used in conjunction with our products. Any such repair or replacement is the responsibility of the customer. FlexRadio Systems will not be liable or responsible for reimbursement for any special, indirect, incidental or consequential damages, including but not limited to any loss of business or profits, loss of property, loss of revenue, loss of use, loss of data, inconvenience or cost of unauthorized service.
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