LimeSDR

by Lime Microsystems

Flexible, next-generation, open source software-defined radio

View all updates Dec 15, 2017

Platform Vision and App Store

In this latest video, Ebrahim outlines the vision for the LimeSDR platform and its role in democratising wireless innovation via solutions all the way from the highly cost-optimised LimeSDR Mini, right up to the LimeSDR QPCIe designed for wide area coverage.

App store integration has always been a core part of the LimeSDR vision and this is something that we have continued to work on in the background, together with partners such as Quortus, who have packaged their Pocket EPC for LTE network development. As Ebrahim notes in the video, we are now pleased to announce that an agreement has been put in place with Canonical which means that it will be full speed ahead in developing the app store and bringing further partners onboard.

More than simply developing a hardware platform, a comprehensive approach is being taken to enabling the development of tomorrow’s wireless networks. Achieving this through, for example:

  • A resolute commitment to reusable, open source hardware designs that support up to 10 GHz
  • Developing cutting edge open source technology such as adaptive digital pre-distortion
  • The integration of pre-certified LimeNET hardware to expedite system development
  • Partnering with Canonical to bring a secure, scalable app store model to wireless networks
  • Partnering with network operators such as BT and Vodafone to accelerate innovation
  • Providing early access to hardware for key open source community developers
  • Engaging the expert services of companies such as sysmocom to ensure that LimeSDR is well supported by important ecosystem software such as Osmocom
  • Sponsoring vital conferences such as the annual GNU Radio Conference
  • Running hands-on hackathons with expert and novice participants alike
  • Developing software such as ScratchRadio to inspire the next generation of engineers

We’ve come a long way in the past 18 months and we’ve got an even more exciting year ahead of us.

Andrew and the LimeSDR Team


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Product Choices

$315

LimeSDR USB Type-A

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 USB 3 with a Type-A connector. 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. Antenna not included - separate purchase available.


$129

Lime AC Tetra Case

From the Lime AC Case project.

An aluminum case for LimeSDR USB Type-A, with one fan and 12 U.FL-to-SMA cables. This case allows for all on-board RF and CLK lines to be externally 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.


$13

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

From the Crowd Supply Basics project.

Use one antenna for each of LimeSDR's four channels. Connect each antenna to the LimeSDR using a U.FL-to-SMA cable.

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


$8

U.FL-to-SMA Cable

From the Crowd Supply Basics project.

Use one cable for each of LimeSDR's four channels. The 100 mm version works well with the Acrylic Case.

A Hirose U.FL to SMA (jack) bulkhead straight connector with a 1.32 mm diameter cable. Less than -2 dB cable insertion loss up to 6 GHz. Both connectors are gold-plated brass and the cable conductor is silver-coated copper.


$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.

Credits

Lime Microsystems

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


Jessica Gillingham

Christy Chuang

Ebrahim Bushehri

Andrew Back

Zack Tamosevicius

Richard Jonaitis

Josh Blum

Lexi Hatziharalambous

Karolis Kiela

Andy Chang


ASE Group

IC manufacturer

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