To run the SDR systems that are presented in the book, in addition to the RTL-SDR hardware USB, you need your own computer running a recent operating system (Windows, Mac or Linux) and the following software:
MATLAB & Simulink Version 2014b or later, with
– MathWorks DSP System Toolbox
– MathWorks Communications System Toolbox
– MathWorks Signal Processing Toolbox
– MathWorks RTL-SDR Hardware Support Package
You can run all of the examples using either the Professional, Education, Student or Home Editions of MATLAB and Simulink.
New to MATLAB and Simulink? — Get Started with a Product Trial licence
If you are new to the product, then you can request a 30 day Product Trial to get started. When selecting the trial package, choose the ‘Signal Processing and Communications‘ packaged trial (7 products).
In addition to the above information, Chapter 1 of the book provides more details on the software requirements to get you up and running. If you are completely new to MATLAB and Simulink, then don’t worry — Chapter 2 gives a step-by-step guide to getting started with your first SDR in just 30 minutes. Chapter 4 also provides a tutorial guide to getting started with Communications and digital signal processing when using MATLAB and Simulink, which presents a beginner the information required to successfully work through the examples in the remaining chapters.