LimeSDR: Flexible, Next-generation, Open Source Software Defined Radio

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May 23, 2017

BT and EE LimeSDR Hackathon and LimeNET Launch

When EE, a tier-1 network operator, decided to back the LimeSDR crowdfunding campaign, this was a clear indication of the scale of the opportunity at hand. And not simply for operators to reduce costs and extend coverage, but for wireless innovation to be democratised and the marketplace opened up to companies developing ground-breaking technology that will underpin new services.

Lime Micro are now pleased to announce that in partnership with British Telecom (BT) / EE, we are launching a competition to develop compelling prototypes and demonstrations using the LimeSDR kit. The competition is split into three categories:

  1. Best implementation of an existing feature/solution
  2. Best application of LimeSDR development kits to solve an existing problem (see scenario list)
  3. Most imaginative and effective use of the programmable features of the LimeSDR

For the second category, the scenarios are:

  • Disaster recovery
  • Remote connectivity – “last mile” innovation
  • Indoor enhancements
  • Enterprise
  • Entertainment
  • Other

The competition will run throughout June, July, and August, giving you time to develop your entry, and culminating in a ‘hack weekend’ 1st - 3rd September in London. If you are not based in the UK or cannot travel to London, we will enable remote participation.

The outcomes of the competition include:

  • BT will write up the event in a white paper, describing how software-definable radio can impact future network and proposition development for mobile operators. This will include examples from notable entrants, as well as a write up of all entries invited to be finalists.
  • BT will fast-track one or more finalists in each category through the Facebook TIP Ecosystem Acceleration Centre.
  • Where appropriate, BT will introduce participants to the Scottish Innovation Programme.

To register for more information and details on how to enter, please visit the hackathon page. There will be multiple entry deadlines, the first of which is on the 9th June 2017 for those who already have an application in mind.

Next Batch of LimeSDRs on the Way

The next batch of roughly 1,000 LimeSDR boards are currently en route to the UK for final testing. From there, they will be priority shipped to Crowd Supply’s warehouse for distribution to all remaining backers. Acrylic cases and antenna + cable sets are already at Crowd Supply’s warehouse. We anticipate fulfilling nearly all remaining orders in early June. This is about two weeks behind our original schedule due to a brief part shortage. The LimeSDR with Aluminum Kit and LimeSDR PCIe boards will be following shortly. You can see the most up-to-date delivery estimate of your order by logging in to your Crowd Supply account. You can also find out more about checking the status of your shipment in The Crowd Supply Guide.

LimeNET Launch!

We just launched a new crowdfunding campaign for LimeNET, a standardized line of hardware specifically for use with LimeSDR. From the LimeNET project page:

[LimeNET] offers the community a line of pre-qualified hardware with integrated LimeSDR technology. There are three main LimeNET hardware stacks: Mini, Enterprise, and Base Station - all of them are pre-qualified to work with the recently announced Ubuntu App Stores, so you can easily find, share, and publish apps specifically written with LimeSDR technology in mind.

If you already have a LimeSDR, you can pick up some powerful hardware to make it even better. If you don’t have a LimeSDR, there are discounted bundles to get you up and running quickly.

Finally, the LimeNET campaign introduces a new member of the LimeSDR family: LimeSDR QPCIe, a PCIe board with two LMS7002 transceiver chips that allow for 4x4 MIMO operation.

Please checkout the new LimeNET campaign and help open SDR technology evolve to the next level!

Andrew and the LimeSDR Team

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$10

Support Us

Support the campaign and get app development news first! We will add you to a list to be the first to find out what the LimeSDR community is doing, and what's being developed.


$289

LimeSDR

The LimeSDR is based on Lime Microsystem’s latest generation of field programmable RF transceiver technology, combined with FPGA and microcontroller chipsets. These connect to a computer via USB3. LimeSDR then delivers the wireless data and the CPU provides the computing power required to process the incoming signals, and to generate the data to be transmitted by the LimeSDR to all other devices.


$99

Acrylic Case

A layered acrylic case to protect your LimeSDR. Can be used with either USB Type A or micro USB Type B. Antenna not included - separate purchase available.


$599

LimeSDR with Aluminum Kit

Start developing apps based on Lime Microsystem’s latest generation of field programmable RF transceiver technology. This board comes with fancy aluminum casing. The board will be delivered with turnkey support for a diverse range of SDR ecosystem software, a powerful API and rapid prototyping environment. All the boards in this category will come with a fancy Aluminum casing coated with high quality material, cables, and antennas for a quick set up.


$799

Ultimate LimeSDR With PCIe Interface

Start developing apps based on Lime Microsystem’s latest generation of field programmable RF transceiver technology. The board will be delivered with turnkey support for a diverse range of SDR ecosystem software, a powerful API and rapid prototyping environment. All the boards in this category will come with a PCIe interface, cables and Antennas for a quick set up.


$85

Four Antenna + Cable Pairs

Omni-directional antenna set, covering frequency range from 800-960 / 1710-2170/ 2400-2700MHz.


$15,000

Enterprise 10 Pack - LimeSDR + Aluminum + Accessories

This package comes with 10 customized high quality enclosures with logo of the sponsor enterprise. The bundle comes with a complete suite of software and set of accessories for an out of the box experience. The package includes a one day training course at the headquarters of Lime Micro in Guildford, England or other designated locations for an extra fee to be agreed with the sponsor organization (not including airfare). On completion of the course, the participants are presented with a certificate following a practical exam in setting up the LimeSDR for one of the use cases presented in the updates during the campaign. The maximum number of attendees will be 10.


$99,000

100 Pack - LimeSDR + Aluminum + Accessories

This package comes with 100 customized high quality enclosures with logo of the sponsor organization. The bundle comes with a complete suite of software and set of accessories for an out of the box experience. The offering will include a support package provided directly from Lime Micro.

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Lime Microsystems

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


Jessica Gillingham

Ebrahim Bushehri

Andrew Back

Zack Tamosevicius

Richard Jonaitis

Josh Blum

Lexi Hatziharalambous

Karolis Kiela

Andy Chang

Ernie Shih


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