Altera invests in Lime Microsystems

Altera has invested in Lime Microsystems and the two companies are to develop programmable products for broadband wireless markets like field programmable radio frequency (FPRF) transceivers, digital RF and baseband ICs.

A key focus will be small cells. Altera’s FPGAs, coupled with single-chip RF transceiver technology from Lime supporting all mainstream global wireless communication standards, will simplify small cell deployment and enable the creation of low- cost mobile networks.

Additionally, Myriad-RF, which was founded by Lime Microsystems and is a family of open source hardware projects for the prototyping and creation of fully configurable wireless platforms, will give developers access to Altera-Lime optimised reference designs, boards, and software stacks and drivers to quickly, easily and affordably build next-generation wireless systems.

“Combining our technologies, reference designs and technical resources will provide even more rapid and expanded market adoption of Lime FPRF and Altera FPGA product and solution offerings,” says Altera’s Jeff Waters.

The companies also will work together in marketing, sales and technical support activities worldwide and will produce reference designs that can be further customised for specific applications and features.

This will expand Altera’s FPGA customer base to include wireless applications beyond carrier grade base stations and remote radio units. These applications include enterprise wireless networks, small cell carrier grade infrastructure, military communication systems, software defined radio, and machine-to-machine (M2M) applications in the industrial, test and high-end consumer space.

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