LimeSDR Mini gets backing of Rakon, enabling highest performance at affordable cost

Lime Microsystems has today announced the support of Frequency Control Products (FCP) company Rakon for its LimeSDR Mini platform.

The Rakon oscillator − along with the Lime LMS7002 and Altera’s FPGA − is one of the three key components in the LimeSDR platform. Having the backing of Rakon enables the LimeSDR Mini to deliver its leading performance at a price point that makes SDR accessible.

“The LimeSDR Mini makes software-defined radio development radically more accessible,” says Darren Robinson, Rakon Sales & Marketing Director.

“Rakon invests in technology to develop the next generation of FCPs required for the fast moving communications industry. We are pleased to be partnering with Lime Microsystems to provide one of the core components for their open source software-defined radio solution.”

Ebrahim Bushehri, CEO of Lime says: “Rakon’s technology is key to enabling the full capabilities of the LimeSDR, so we’re delighted to have this backing. Crucially, it allows us to provide an unbeatable performance and price, therefore bringing in even more developers into RF system development.”

The LimeSDR Mini was created to bring some of the most advanced SDR equipment available to the market at an affordable price point. Prices for the SDR boards start at just $139, fixed throughout the LimeSDR Mini Crowd Supply campaign, which ends 30 October.

LimeSDR has also adopted an App-Store approach, partnering with Ubuntu. This allows developers to sell and share their apps to organisations and individuals, and allows them to download and get RF systems running within minutes.

The LimeSDR and LimeNET campaigns were backed by BT/EE and Vodafone respectively.

 

LimeSDR Technical specifications:

The LimeSDR and LimeSDR Mini are highly-configurable software defined radio platforms that can work with virtually any standard from IoT (LoRa / SigFox) to mobile comms (2G, 3G, 4G). They use the Lime LS7002 RF chip to operate from 100 kHz to 3.8 GHz (LimeSDR) or 10MHz to 3.5 GHz (Mini) and enable software configuration at the Radio Access Network.

This frequency range can be extended to over 10 GHz via a companion board also available via Crowd Supply.

 

About Rakon

Rakon is a global high technology company and a world leader in its field. The company designs and manufactures advanced frequency control and timing solutions for telecommunications, global positioning and space and defence applications. Rakon products are found at the forefront of communications where speed and reliability are paramount. The company’s products create extremely accurate electric signals which are used to generate radio waves and synchronise time in the most demanding communication applications. Rakon has five manufacturing plants including two joint venture plants and has five research and development centres. Customer support centres are located in ten offices worldwide.

Rakon is proud of its New Zealand heritage; it was founded in Auckland in 1967. It is a public company listed on the New Zealand stock exchange, NZSX, ticker code RAK.NZ. www.rakon.com

 

About Lime Microsystems

Lime Micro designs and develops field programmable RF transceivers that offer unrivalled flexibility, agility and power consumption.  Lime’s technology allows wireless connectivity based on our software defined radio platforms.  These can be deployed anywhere, connecting to any digital processor creating networks that are modular, low maintenance and scalable and enabling truly open, multi -vendor, software defined infrastructure.

Further information is available at www.limemicro.com.