LimeSDR is an open source, apps-enabled software-defined radio (SDR) platform that can be used to support just about any type of wireless communication standard; it can transmit and receive UMTS, LTE, GSM, LoRa, Bluetooth, Zigbee, RFID, and Digital Broadcasting, to name but a few.

The LimeSDR platform is comprised of a family of boards that range from a cost optimised 1×1 SISO board and a highly affordable 2×2 MIMO solution — both with USB3.0 interface — up to

  • RF Transceiver: Lime Microsystems LMS7002M FPRF
  • FPGA: Altera Cyclone IV EP4CE40F23 – also compatible with EP4CE30F23
  • Memory: 256 MBytes DDR2 SDRAM
  • USB 3.0 controller: Cypress USB 3.0 CYUSB3014-BZXC
  • Oscillator: Rakon RPT7050A @30.72MHz
  • Continuous frequency range: 100 kHz – 3.8 GHz
  • Bandwidth: 61.44 MHz
  • RF connection: 12x U.FL connectors (6 RX, 4 TX, 2 CLK I/O)
  • Power Output (CW): up to 10 dBm
  • Multiplexing: 2×2 MIMO
  • Power: Micro USB connector or optional external power supply
  • Status indicators: programmable LEDs
  • Dimensions: 100 mm x 60 mm

Blog Posts

OTA: Lime Suite 20.01.0, cuSignal Acceleration, MIT’s RFocus, and More

The Lime Suite software bundle has received a significant update, to version 20.01.0, bundling new support for the LimeRFE software-defined front end, improved tuning and PLL locking, and other improvements. In its latest release, the open-source Lime Suite library comes with support for the LimeRFE front end, following on from…
MIT RFocus (Courtesy of Jason Dorfman/CSAIL)

OTA: Osmocom Updates, OpenRAN Hits the UK, Seeing Through Walls, and More

The Osmocom open-source cellular communications project has released an updated Cellular Network Infrastructure (CNI) stack, which brings with it improved support for the LimeSDR family. “The Osmocom project has released new version of the CNI (Cellular Network Infrastructure) software, including OsmoTRX, OsmoBTS, OsmoBSC, OsmoMGW, OsmoMSC, OsmoHLR, OsmoSGSN, OsmoGGSN,” project maintainer…

OTA: Active Cooling Cases, QRadioLink 0.8.0, GNSS Observation, and More

LimeSDR Mini and LimeSDR USB owners seeking additional cooling should take a look at the Hacker Gadgets Lime Active Cooling (AC) Case, heading to Crowd Supply next month. Designed to provide both a protective enclosure and active, rather than the more usual passive, cooling, the Hacker Gadgets Lime AC Case…
Lime AC Case for LimeSDR Mini

OTA: Field Report Contest Complete, Apply for an SDR Satcom Dev Kit, and More

The Field Report Contest is now complete, and we have a winner – named in a live drawing at Crowd Supply’s headquarters earlier this month. Designed to highlight the amazing projects the community has built around the LimeSDR family of software defined radios, the Field Report competition saw some strong…
ESA SDR Satcom Developer's Kit