US intelligence interested in Lime Micro flexible radio technology

July 30, 2012 // By Nick Flaherty
UK chip designer Lime Micro has signed a partnership with an independent, non-profit organisation that identifies innovative technology for the US Intelligence community.

The partnership with investment firm In-Q-Tel will fund advances in multi-band, flexible transceiver technology to be deployed in commercial and government markets, and the creation of new systems that can be used across a diverse array of applications.

"IQT's partners require exceptional reliability, high performance and a proven product, so the partnership is a significant validation of both our transceiver and our stringent manufacturing and testing procedures," said Lime CEO, Ebrahim Bushehri. "Furthermore, it demonstrates application of our technology in multiple markets where performance and reliability are of prime importance."

"Lime is a leader in RF technologies and has produced the world's first commercial integrated transceiver that can be used across a wide range of frequencies as well as multiple standards," said Robert Ames, Senior Vice President of the Information and Communication Technologies practice at IQT. "Lime is an ideal partner to help advance vital communication systems in the U.S. and beyond."

The LMS6002D is a fully integrated multi-band, multi-standard single-chip RF transceiver for 3GPP (WCDMA/HSPA and LTE), 3GPP2 (CDMA2000) and WiMAX applications. It can be digitally configured to operate in 16 user-selectable bandwidths up to 28 MHz.

The company has also designed an FPGA based Universal Wireless Toolkit, which enables users to create and test all commonly used wireless systems. In addition to femtocells, enterprise femtocells and picocells, the kit can be used to create repeaters, GNU radio and white space radio applications.