As with earlier Lime campaigns, this development is released through a crowd-funding vehicle, with pre-ordering available now through Crowd Supply for $139 (£100, €115).
Lime says that the price has been set to make it affordable for virtually anyone to develop applications using “cutting edge” hardware. 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.
Ubuntu has stated, “over 3,600 developers are currently involved in efforts to create apps... for LimeSDR.” ( https://insights.ubuntu.com/2017/02/16/lime-microsystems-and-canonical-announce-limenet-crowdfunding/)
BT/EE has announced it will use 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 (radio access network) 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.
The platform offers the freedom of an intelligent and inherently flexible device for manipulating wireless signals. 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, visit the Crowd Supply LimeSDR Mini page; www.crowdsupply.com/lime-micro/limesdr-mini
Lime Microsystems; www.limemicro.com