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Altera, Lime unveil field-programmable RF, FPGA platform

Posted: 09 Oct 2014     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Altera  Lime Microsystems  RF  FPGA  software-defined radio 

Altera Corp. and Lime Microsystems developed a multi-standard software-defined radio (SDR) platform based on Lime's field-programmable radio frequency (FP-RF) chip and Altera FPGAs and Enpirion PowerSoCs. According to the companies, the platform can be used to design a radio that can receive and transmit widely different radio protocols (sometimes referred to as waveforms) depending solely on the software used.

This highly flexible solution, which includes Lime's RF device, the LMS7002M, gives communications systems designers unprecedented flexibility and performance while consuming minimum power, the companies stated.

Programmable RF, FPGA-based solution

"Altera's FPGAs paired with Lime's FP-RF transceivers enable designers to create low-cost, fully programmable wireless systems across multiple applications such as remote radio heads, base stations, military communications, software-defined radios and Internet of Things (IoT) applications," said Ebrahim Bushehri, CEO of Lime Microsystems.

These devices can be easily programmed to produce any combination of waveform and RF transmission, and fully support multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) wireless applications and other RF techniques useful for military communications.

"The cooperation between Lime and Altera will give developers easy access to open-source, optimised reference designs, boards and software stacks and drivers," said Ian Land, senior manager, military, aerospace and government business unit at Altera. "Open source provides a quick, easy and affordable method to build next-generation secure wireless systems."

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