Nuand has adopted the Lime Microsystems LMS6002D field programmable RF chip in its bladeRF open-source software defined radio (SDR). A Kickstarter-funded project, the bladeRF raised almost double its $100,000 target from more than 500 backers. Following Myriad RF and Fairwaves, it is the third open-source RF board launched this year.
The bladeRF is the first open-source RF project to offer USB 3.0 compatibility. By combining the Lime chip with an Altera Cyclone IV FPGA, it can create complex networks on any mobile communications standard or frequency.
The $420 board has been designed for both hobbyists and professional developers. It also is USB 2.0 compatible, so it can connect directly to the Raspberry Pi and the Beagleboard.