Lime Microsystems and Blue Wonder Communications are jointly developing a complete LTE reference platform that will enable early adoption of this emerging standard. The fully characterized LTE reference platform will accelerate time to market for OEMs developing LTE systems. The reference platform is based on Lime Microsystems' LMS6002 integrated single chip RF transceiver and Blue Wonder's advanced baseband solution.

The LMS6002 is a multi-band multi-standard RF transceiver IC designed for femtocells and small cell base stations. The frequency agile transceiver operates at user-selectable frequencies between 375 MHz and 4 GHz and is suitable for 3G, WiMAX and LTE standards. The transceiver can be digitally configured to operate in the full range of frequency bands, with 16 user-selectable bandwidths up to 28 MHz. This removes the need for individual transceiver chips for each of the different bands, and allows a small cell base station to be reconfigured rapidly and simply.

Blue Wonder’s advanced baseband solution is a complete LTE subsystem that can easily be integrated in System on Chip platforms. It provides a 3GPP Release 8 TDD and RFF multi-mode solution, up to Category 4 and is designed for low power consumption. The company will provide an FPGA based development system, which includes an interface to the LMS6002 transceiver to allow all required interoperability tests.

"We are delighted to be working with Blue Wonder to accelerate the rollout of LTE," commented Ebrahim Bushehri, CEO of Lime Microsystems. "Co-operation between silicon and system suppliers is an essential first step towards designing end products that will use the LTE standard. The combination of Lime’s single-chip RF transceiver and Blue Wonder’s advanced baseband solution is the first of its kind and will allow early adopters to accelerate the time to market of LTE products.”