Altera Corporation and Lime Microsystems, a specialist in field programmable RF (radio frequency) transceivers headquartered in the UK, have entered into a Strategic Cooperation Agreement that will focus on the joint development and promotion of programmable solutions for a diverse range of broadband wireless markets.
The agreement will look to support the development of optimised field programmable radio frequency (FPRF) transceivers, digital RF and baseband solutions that will enable system designers to reduce their overall costs, lower power, shorten time-to-market, and customise designs for key wireless infrastructure, enterprise, military, industrial, test and medical applications.
As part of the agreement, Altera has also made an equity investment in Lime Microsystems.
“We are pleased to have Altera as both an investor and strategic partner,” said Ebrahim Bushehri, CEO of Lime Microsystems. “It will allow us to quickly expand our business by providing complete field-programmable RF and digital solutions to our customers worldwide. As the ‘Internet of Things’ and next-generation wireless networks take shape, our partnership will result in customers using programmable RF and FPGA technologies to accelerate their time-to-market and develop solutions that support existing and emerging wireless standards as well as proprietary wireless communication systems.”
As demand for mobile data traffic continues to increase, small cell wireless backhaul systems are projected to handle a quarter of mobile traffic by 2016, according to analyst firm Infonetics. This trend is reshaping mobile networks and carriers are looking for ways to simplify complexity and costs of small cell deployment.
Altera’s high performance FPGAs, coupled with single-chip RF transceiver technology from Line Microsystems supporting all mainstream global wireless communication standards, will simplify small cell deployment and enable the creation of low- cost mobile networks.
In addition, 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, also will give developers easy access to Altera-Lime optimized reference designs, boards, and software stacks and drivers to quickly, easily and affordably build next-generation wireless systems.
Commenting Jeff Waters, senior vice president for Business Units, Altera said, “Lime’s technology has been adopted by companies around the world for a wide range of applications from software defined radio devices for military and emergency services to communications infrastructure, disaster relief networks, M2M technology and test/verification 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.”
With the investment from Altera, the companies also will work closely in marketing, sales and technical support activities and they will produce reference designs that can be further customised for specific applications and features. Applications will 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.