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RF Quick Start Kit to Speed Femtocell Time to Market

Mon, 09/20/2010 - 10:18am
Lime Microsystems has introduced a Quick Start Kit and an optimized reference design for its multi-band multi-standard RF transceiver IC for femtocells, the LMS6002D.

The Quick Start Kit provides a simple way to evaluate and test the LMS6002D while the optimized reference design provides a cost and footprint optimized RF design suitable for femtocell products which can be integrated directly into designs.

The Quick Start Kit allows designers to very quickly evaluate Lime Microsystems' RF transceiver, the LMS6002D, by measuring output IF/RF parameters. Software included in the kit allows the transceiver to be configured to operate any standard, frequency or bandwidth within the LMS6002D's capabilities; the device can operate WiMAX, WCDMA, CDMA2000 and LTE at any frequency between 375 MHz and 4GHz (continuous) in 16 user-selectable bandwidths up to 28MHz.

The evaluation board is simply connected to a PC running the software included in the kit via a USB cable. Alternatively, the evaluation board is compatible with, and can be configured by, any of the baseband evaluation kits currently available for the femtocell market, including boards from all major baseband suppliers. Lime Microsystems has also introduced an RF reference design to accelerate time to market for femtocell product designers and manufacturers.

The reference design features the LMS6002D in a cost and footprint optimized circuit and is intended to be dropped directly into designs. The footprint of this optimized RF block is just 30 by 30 mm and it can operate WCDMA band 1/2 and band 5.

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