As the Myriad-RF community continues to grow and develop we take a brief look back over the past four or so years, at some recent statistics, and how community and projects are evolving.
On 24th March we hosted a one day workshop in partnership with the BCS Open Source Specialist Group and Open Source Hardware User Group, that provided an introduction to software-defined radio and LimeSDR. Held at the BCS offices in central London, the event was free to attend and proved to be very popular, with participants…
We are delighted to have been selected as a mentoring organisation for the Free and Open Source Silicon Foundation’s participation in Google Summer of Code 2017.
Back in June, during the LimeSDR crowdfunding campaign, one of the many great demos that we shared details of was a basic Vector Network Analyser (VNA). Since then we’ve understandably had quite a few requests to share the code and this was always the intention…
LuaRadio is a lightweight, embeddable flow graph signal processing framework for SDR and as the name suggests, it is written in the Lua language. It benefits from no external hard dependencies and a binary footprint of an impressively small <750KB, which even includes the LuaJIT just-in-time compiler.
Right from the outset the intention with LimeSDR has been to provide the very best performance and overall user experience, with a commitment to investing significant effort in engineering and striving to get the most out of the hardware platform.
A good example of this is the USB 3.0 interface and this is provided by a Cypress FX3 microcontroller, which is available in many different variants. One option would have been to select a device with a lower throughput on the interface used to transfer samples, but that incorporates an SPI core that would have made programming the LMS7002M transceiver far simpler. However, instead a higher throughput device was selected, that doesn’t have SPI but does have I2C.
We’re delighted to announced that Charles Brain is the winner of the LimeSDR digital design competition, with a proposal to build an FPGA-based RF channel simulator.
Encouraged by the strength of proposals in the LimeSDR early access competition and keen to see what projects the community might build that make use of the FPGA, we’ve decided to run a second competition where this time the focus is putting the LimeSDR’s Altera Cyclone IV to good use. Please note that this competition…
The competition drew to a close last week and I have to say that judging has not been easy, on account of there being no shortage of great entries, with many more proposals for uses that we’d really love to support than boards we have available at this point in time.
We’ve been amazed and incredibly encouraged by the achievements of those in the community who we were able to provide with early access to LimeSDR hardware; from receiving weather satellites, to running 2G and 4G cellular base stations, and even HD TV broadcasting — the uses to which it has been put in a very short period of time far exceeded our expectations.