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Dec 23, 2016

Project update 43 of 82

Manufacturing, Limited Edition LMS7002, GPS Simulation and a 3D Printed Case

The limited edition LMS7002

Our ODM manufacturer has completed the manufacturing test runs on the final version of the LimeSDR boards, and here is a short video showing the pick and place part of the process.

SMT pick and place test run

A board from the run is pictured below. Testing was completed on the production tester and we are now ready for production of the first 500 units, as outlined in the previous update.

Completed board

We are still on track for these units to go out by the end of December, but of course there may be shipping delays due to the Christmas holiday.

Special limited edition LMS7002

We would like to extend our special thanks to ASE Group — the world’s largest and most advanced IC packaging and test organisation — for providing us with the special marking on LMS7002 for backers, as can be seen in the photo at the top of this update. ASE have supported us in this endeavour right from the outset and we are extremely grateful, given that the LimeSDR volume does not qualify for such customisation. Of course, we believe that this will not be the case in the long run, given the excitement we see from the community!

GPS simulation and a 3D printed case

Speaking of the community, Philip Hahn was one of those provided with early access to a LimeSDR board and he’s managed to use his to simulate GPS. Not only that, but he’s also created a 3D printed case for his board and shared the model on Thingiverse.

We had to have a go at printing one out for ourselves and you can see the results obtained with our first attempt above. Not bad at all.

Andrew and the LimeSDR Team

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