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RF Quick Start Kit speeds up femtocell time to market

Posted: 07 Sep 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:RF? transceiver? femtocell? kit?

Lime Microsystems, a fabless semiconductor company specializing in digitally configurable transceivers, has just introduced their RF Quick Start Kit as well as an optimized reference design for its multi-band multi-standard RF transceiver IC for femtocells, the LMS6002D.

The Quick Start Kit offers a simple way to evaluate and test the LMS6002D as the optimized reference design gives a cost and footprint-optimized RF design well-suited for femtocell products that can be integrated directly into designs. It enables designers to rapidly assess Lime Microsystems' RF transceiver, the LMS6002D, by measuring output IF/RF parameters.

The software included in the kit allows the transceiver to be configured to function at any standard, frequency or bandwidth within the LMS6002D's capabilities; the device can drive WiMAX, WCDMA, CDMA2000 and LTE at any frequency between 375MHz and 4GHz (continuous) in 16 user-selectable bandwidths up to 28MHz. The evaluation board simply connects to a PC running the software included in the kit, via a USB cable. As further option, the evaluation board is also compatible with, and may be configured by, any of the baseband evaluation kits currently available for the femtocell market, which includes boards from all major baseband suppliers.

Lime Microsystems has also put forward an RF reference design to speed up time to market for femtocell product designers and manufacturers. This reference design lays out the LMS6002D in a cost and footprint optimized circuit and is purposed to be dropped directly into designs. The footprint of this optimized RF block is 30mm x 30mm, and it can drive WCDMA band 1/2 and band 5.

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