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Jun 14, 2016

All-in-One Lab and GNU Octave

All of the example applications that we’ve shared so far have been demonstrations of one form or another of wireless communications. And, while this is obviously the main use that we had in mind for LimeSDR, it is by no means the only one and it can equally be put to use in many other demanding RF applications that require signal generation and reception or measurement.

The Lime Suite software which provides the driver for LimeSDR comes supplied with a powerful GUI that makes it possible to quickly program its FPRF transceiver, read back registers, plot signals and perform all manner of tasks that can prove invaluable when developing new applications. In a video that Juri has put together, he demonstrates how with just a few clicks this GUI can also be used to turn LimeSDR into a spectrum analyser, oscilloscope and signal generator.

More than simply one of those “because you can” exercises, using LimeSDR in this way is actually proving to be highly useful in Juri’s day-to-day work, as a conveniently compact all-in-one tool that he can use when not in the lab, or when he needs to make a quick measurement and the costly bench test equipment he would usually turn to is in use by colleagues.

The second demo that we have to share comes from Juri’s colleague, Danny. In this he shows LimeSDR being used with GNU Octave, free and open source software which provides a numerical programming language that is largely compatible with Matlab. Uses for this include more advanced signal generation and measurement, together with the prototyping of new wireless and other RF systems. In the video Danny shows WCDMA (3G cellular) signals being generated and plotted.

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$299

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 ranges 800-960 MHz, 1710-2170 MHz, and 2400-2700 MHz. Includes U.FL to SMA cables.


$169

GPIO Board

This stackable expansion board for the LimeSDR provides individually settable, bi-directional level-shifted I/O for FPGA GPIO 0-7. Each I/O has a high-voltage and power Darlington drive stage suitable for inductive loads, such as coaxial relays. LimeSDR not included.


$79

Hacker Case

This custom acrylic case accommodates both a LimeSDR and a GPIO Board, and includes SMA connectors for all RF ports, two SMA connectors for clock I/O, and a 40 mm cooling fan. LimeSDR and GPIO Board not included.

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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


ASE Group

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