LimeNET Micro

by Lime Microsystems

A software-defined radio platform with integrated processor for creating self-contained wireless networks

View all updates Nov 12, 2021

Supply Chain Crunch & New RF Filter Bank Demo

by Ebrahim B

The global supply chain crunch has severely disrupted production of Lime products. We’re still committed to bringing all Lime products back into regular availability. We’re plotting a course of action and we have updated delivery estimates accordingly. In the meantime, we’re excited to share a video demo of a new software-controlled frontend filter bank (a.k.a. preselector).

New Software-Controllable Frontend Filter Bank

The ATEK1001 is a software controlled sub-octave filter bank or "preselector" that covers a frequency range of 485-7700 MHz in seven bands, and has a bypass mode that can be used for full bypass, or alternatively to engage additional external filtering. The video below demonstrates the preselector in action with a LimeNET Micro. See the ATEK1001 project page for more details.

The Path to Resuming Production

Lime, like everyone else in the electronics industry, has been impacted by the global supply chain crunch that started earlier this year. From critical components like FPGAs and PLLs to (formerly) commodity components like passives, we’re struggling to source the parts we need to manufacture the Lime product line, including LimeNET Micro.

The quoted lead times we’re hearing from our suppliers are so outlandishly long and change so frequently that we can’t put much faith in them. So, while we’ve placed our orders and hope the supply chain settles down soon, we’re not betting on it and are actively pursuing other avenues to resuming production. For example, there is some hope of synthesizing a PLL in an FPGA and sourcing FPGAs with better availability. We’re also seriously considering repurposing perfectly good components on boards that have some other defect and would otherwise be scrapped. Happily, the one part we don’t need to worry about right now is our own - the LMS7002 transceiver, since we fortunately had a large batch produced prior to the semiconductor shortage.

In any case, we’ve adjusted all our estimated delivery dates according to our most up-to-date information. If you’ve already placed your order, you can see when it is estimated to ship by logging into your Crowd Supply account. If you are placing a new order, you can see the estimated delivery date before you complete your purchase.

As always, thank you for your support and patience!

About the Author

Ebrahim B

 Guildford, United Kingdom


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Product Choices

$345

LimeNET Micro

LimeNET Micro - the perfect way to start experimenting with and building your own wireless networks, protocols, and testers. Complete with a Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3.


$99

Acrylic Case for LimeNET Micro

Keep your LimeNET Micro safe in this custom acrylic case which features a fan and heatsink for the Compute Module. This pledge level is for the case kit only. LimeNET Micro and antennas not included.


$489

LimeNET Micro with Aluminum Kit

This kit comes with a custom-made plastic and aluminum case, a LimeNET Micro, a Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 (pre-loaded), and two antennas. The case not only keeps your LimeNET Micro safe, but it also helps reduce noise interference. Perfect to slip into your bag for all your on-the-go wireless adventures. This is at least a $30 savings over the post-campaign price.


$13

Multi-band 4G/3G/2G Monopole Antenna

From the Crowd Supply Basics project.

A TG.09 4G/3G/2G cellular hinged SMA(M) mount monopole antenna.


$30

Adapter for Classic Raspberry Pi

A small SO-DIMM form factor board plus ribbon cable to enable use of a classic/consumer Raspberry Pi with the LimeNET Micro.

Credits

Lime Microsystems

Working toward the democratization of wireless communication through an open source ideology.


Ebrahim Bushehri

Andrew Back

Zack Tamosevicius

Karolis Kiela

Andy Chang

Ignas Skudrickas

Christy Chuang

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