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Monday, September 18, 2017

Lime launches £100 software defined radio board

By Nick Flaherty at www.flaherty.co.uk

Lime Microsystems has launched a smaller, less expensive version of its popular LimeSDR software defined radio prototyping boards costing just £100.

The LimeSDR Mini is available for pre-order immediately through Crowd Supply at $139 (£100, €115). (https://www.crowdsupply.com/lime-micro/limesdr-mini) The price of LimeSDR Mini has been set to make it affordable for virtually anyone to develop applications using a cutting edge hardware.

The original 2016 LimeSDR campaign raised over $1.25 million and had the backing of over 5,000 developers, including BT/EE.

To simplify the process further, Lime has partnered with Ubuntu, launching an app store for LimeSDR systems. Using these, developers can download apps and get a mobile, IoT or other wireless network running in minutes.

Lime hopes that by simplifying wireless system development and cutting the cost it can attract a new generation of talented minds to wireless system design, and with it speed innovation.

BT/EE is using the hardware to increase coverage in remote regions; and has also run hackathons to encourage innovation. Vodafone has announced it will use the hardware as part of its OPEN RAN vision.

The boards support virtually any type of wireless between 10 MHz and 3.5 GHz - such as UMS, LTE, SDM, LoRa, Bluetooth, zigbee, RFID, Zigbee and digital broadcasting. LimeSDR solutions are programmable and based on open source technologies with an extensive community of developers, offering the potential to democratise wireless communications and enable global wireless connectivity.

To register for details of the new campaign, or receive technical specifications, please visit the Crowd Supply LimeSDR Mini page. (https://www.crowdsupply.com/lime-micro/limesdr-mini)

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