LimeSDR Mini

by Lime Microsystems

An open, full-duplex, USB stick radio for femtocells and more.

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Product Choices

$189

LimeSDR Mini

The LimeSDR Mini is the perfect way to start experimenting with and building your own wireless networks, protocols, and testers.


$299

LimeSDR Mini with Aluminum Case

This custom-made aluminum case comes with a LimeSDR Mini and two antennas. The case not only keeps your LimeSDR Mini safe, but it also helps reduce noise interference. Perfect to slip into your pocket for all your on-the-go wireless adventures.


$49

Acrylic Case

Keep your LimeSDR Mini safe in this custom acrylic case.


$79

Lime AC Mini Case

From the Lime AC Case project.

An aluminum case for LimeSDR Mini, including one fan.


$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.


$124

Grove Starter Kit

A collaboration with Seeed Studio, this 21-piece kit comes with a GrovePi+, an acrylic base plate, a USB extension cable, and a wide variety of Grove sensors and actuators: Ultrasonic Ranger, Temp&Humi Sensor, Temperature Sensor, Rotary Angle Sensor, Button, Light Sensor v1.2, 3-Axis Digital Accelerometer (±1.5 g), Relay, Sound Sensor, LCD RGB Backlight, Buzzer, Red LED, LED Bar 2.0, Touch Sensor, and Piezo Vibration Sensor. Compatible with Scratch. NOTE: LimeSDR Mini, Raspberry Pi, power supply, and microSD card are NOT INCLUDED.

Details

Recent Updates


As Featured In

Hackaday

The European Space Agency has officially backed the LimeSDR Mini campaign. Read the full update here.


The LimeSDR Mini development board is a hardware platform for developing and prototyping high-performance and logic-intensive digital and RF designs that use Altera’s MAX 10 FPGA and Lime Microsystems’ LMS7002M RF transceiver.

LimeSDR vs LimeSDR Mini

The LimeSDR and LimeSDR Mini are members of the same family of software-defined radios. One does not replace the other. Rather, they are complementary.

Simply put, the LimeSDR Mini is a smaller, less expensive version of the original LimeSDR. However, it still packs a punch - at its core, the LimeSDR Mini uses the same LMS7002M radio transceiver as its big sibling. The Mini has two channels instead of four, and, by popular demand, SMA connectors instead of micro U.FL connectors. Check out the comparison table below for more details.

We’ve already shipped thousands of LimeSDR boards and they are now available for purchase from stock. The LimeSDR Mini is built on the LimeSDR supply chain, dev tools, and community in a way that makes software-defined radio more accessible than ever.

Features & Specifications

  • RF transceiver: Lime Microsystems LMS7002M
  • FPGA: Intel Altera MAX 10 (10M16SAU169C8G)
    • 169-pin FBGA package
    • 16 K Les
    • 549 KB M9K memory
    • 2,368 KB user flash memory
    • 4 x fractional phase locked loops (PLLs)
    • 45 x 18x18-bit multipliers
    • 130 x general purpose input/output (GPIO)
    • Single supply voltage
    • Flash feature
    • FPGA configuration via JTAG
  • EEPROM memory: 2 x 128 KB for RF transciever MCU firmware and data
  • Flash memory: 1 x 4 MB flash memory for data
  • General user inputs/outputs:
    • 2 x dual color (red + green) LED
    • 8 x FPGA GPIO pinheader (3.3 V)
  • Connectivity:
    • USB 3.0 Type-A (FTDI FT601 controller)
    • 2 x coaxial RF (SMA) connectors (each can be switched between high and low frequency bands)
    • U.FL connector for external clock source
    • FPGA GPIO headers
    • FPGA JTAG connector
  • Clock system:
    • 30.72 MHz onboard VCTCXO
    • Possibility to tune VCTCXO with onboard DAC
    • External clock input via U.FL connector
  • Board dimensions: 69 mm x 31.4 mm
  • Board weight: 20 grams

Block Diagram

LimeSDR Mini block diagram

Comparison Table

HackRF OneEttus B200Ettus B210BladeRF x40RTL-SDRLimeSDR LimeSDR Mini
Frequency Range1 MHz - 6 GHz70 MHz - 6 GHz70 MHz - 6 GHz300 MHz - 3.8 GHz22 MHz - 2.2 GHz100 kHz - 3.8 GHz 10 MHz - 3.5 GHz
RF Bandwidth20 MHz61.44 MHz61.44 MHz40 MHz3.2 MHz61.44 MHz 30.72 MHz
Sample Depth8 bit12 bit12 bit12 bit8 bit12 bit 12 bit
Sample Rate20 MSPS61.44 MSPS61.44 MSPS40 MSPS3.2 MSPS61.44 MSPS 30.72MSPS
TX Channels112102 1
RX Channels112112 1
DuplexHalfFullFullFullN/AFull Full
InterfaceUSB 2.0USB 3.0USB 3.0USB 3.0USB 2.0USB 3.0 USB 3.0
Programmable Logic Gates64 macrocell CPLD75k100k40k (115k avail)N/A40k 16K
ChipsetMAX5864, MAX2837, RFFC5072AD9364AD9361LMS6002MRTL2832ULMS7002M LMS7002M
Open SourceFullSchematic, FirmwareSchematic, FirmwareSchematic, FirmwareNoFull Full
Oscillator Precision+/- 20 ppm+/- 2 ppm+/- 2 ppm+/- 1 ppm?+/-1 ppm initial, +/-4 ppm stable +/- 1 ppm initial, +/- 4 ppm stable
Transmit Power-10 dBm+ (15 dBm @ 2.4 GHz)10 dBm+10 dBm+6 dBmN/Amax 10 dBm (depending on freq.) max 10 dBm (depending on freq.)
Price$299$686$1,119$420 ($650)~$10$299 $159

Accessories & Options

In addition to the LimeSDR Mini iteself, we’re also offering a few accessories and options.

LimeSDR Mini Aluminum Kit

Enclosure

We’ve designed a custom acrylic enclosure to protect your LimeSDR Mini and make it easy to throw it into your pocket or bag without worrying about damaging the board.

Prototype LimeSDR MIni and acrylic case

Antennas

We’re offering omni-directional antennas with SMA connectors, optimized for frequency ranges of 800-960 MHz, 1710-2170 MHz, and 2400-2700 MHz. These are the same same antennas used with the full-size LimeSDR.

LimeSDR Mini antennas with SMA connectors

Grove Starter Kit

We’ve partnered with Seeed Studio to develop a new low-cost kit based around the LimeSDR Mini, Grove platform, and Raspberry Pi, that together provides everything you need to get started learning SDR basics and developing IoT applications.

The Grove Starter kit includes a GrovePi+ and selection of incredibly useful Grove sensors and outputs, many of which are supported by a Scratch extension. When combined with our ScratchRadio extension, this will allow the creation of simple and fun applications that integrate SDR capabilities and peripheral I/O.

The Grove Starter Kit does NOT include a LimeSDR Mini, antennas, Raspberry Pi, power supply, and microSD card.

Of course, use is not limited to Scratch and educational environments, and we’ll also be putting together examples that demonstrate how the kit can be used to develop applications that integrate with existing off-the-shelf systems, such as wireless thermostats and remote controls.

Kit Contents

  • 1 x Acrylic base plate
  • 1 x Short USB extension
  • 1 x GrovePi+
  • 1 x Grove - Ultrasonic Ranger
  • 1 x Grove - Temp&Humi Sensor
  • 1 x Grove - Temperature Sensor
  • 1 x Grove - Rotary Angle Sensor
  • 1 x Grove - Button
  • 1 x Grove - Light Sensor v1.2
  • 1 x Grove - 3-Axis Digital Accelerometer (±1.5 g)
  • 1 x Grove - Relay
  • 1 x Grove - Sound Sensor
  • 1 x Grove - LCD RGB Backlight
  • 1 x Grove - Buzzer
  • 1 x Grove - Red LED
  • 1 x Grove - LED Bar 2.0
  • 1 x Grove - Touch Sensor
  • 1 x Grove - Piezo Vibration Sensor

Free & Open Source

As with the original LimeSDR, the LimeSDR Mini is a free and open source project made in collaboration with the Myriad-RF project. We will be releasing code, firmware, schematics, layout, and associated project files shortly.

LimeSuite

The LimeSDR Mini uses the same host-side software, called LimeSuite, as the full-size LimeSDR. LimeSuite is entirely open source and supports a variety of software-defined radios. You can learn more about LimeSuite at its GitHub repository and Myriad-RF project page.

Snappy Ubuntu Core

A big part of the LimeSDR ecosystem is the Snappy Ubuntu Core app store being developed jointly with Canonical and the LimeSDR community. Because the LimeSDR and LimeSDR Mini use the same drivers and APIs, the snaps developed for one should work equally well for the other so long as they are within the operating specification.

Support & Documentation

If you have a question about ordering, paying, or shipping, please refer to The Crowd Supply Guide.

If you have a technical question about the operation of the LimeSDR Mini or any of its applications, please ask your question on the Myriad-RF forum.


Credits

Lime Microsystems

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


Ebrahim Bushehri

Jessica Gillingham

Andrew Back

Zack Tamosevicius

Richard Jonaitis

Josh Blum

Lexi Hatziharalambous

Karolis Kiela

Andy Chang

Ignas Skudrickas

Chris Holgate


Seeed Studio

Grove Starter Kit Partner

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