Lime’s multi-frequency transceiver adopted by Lyrtech for multimode SDR RF transceiver

First tunable FMC to support multiple frequency bands and modes.

Quebec City, May 3, 2011: Lyrtech Inc. (Lyrtech) (TSXV: LTK), a worldwide leader in digital signal processing technologies, announced today the launch of a new FPGA mezzanine card (FMC): the Radio420X.

This new product is a major innovation and Lyrtech anticipates it to be very successful in the wireless telecommunications field in such applications as femto and pico base stations, micro access points, software-defined radio, TV white space and next-generation Wi-Fi applications, WiMAX, and LTE. Discussions are already underway with a number of customers worldwide who plan to use this innovative new solution.

The Radio420X is a powerful multimode SDR RF transceiver module that can be used with any FMC carrier on the market, such as the Xilinx ML605 EVM. It is designed around the state-of-the-art, multistandard, multiband Lime Microsystems LMS6002D integrated RF transceiver. The LMS6002D replaces several individual transceiver ICs and allows quick and simple reconfiguration, resulting in considerable reductions in size, time to market, bill of materials and inventory for OEMs.

“Lyrtech’s multimode SDR FMC is an excellent example of how the unique frequency agility of the LMS6002D IC enables a truly flexible platform for wireless design engineers, allowing them to focus on the elements that add value in their designs,” said Philippe Roux, vice president of business development at Lime Microsystems. “We are proud that Lime is powering such an innovative product.”

The Radio420X is completely integrated to Lyrtech’s own Virtex-6 Perseus advanced mezzanine card (AMC), making it even simpler to use. The Perseus’ thorough integration to powerful software design tools should allow users to field applications incorporating the Radio420X in much less time than with other FMC carriers. The Radio420X’s front end design and wide RF coverage, combined with multiple references and synchronization modes makes it suitable for a large number of narrowband and broadband applications with excellent channel selectivity.

The FMC’s clock management facility offers low-phase-noise clock distribution, a PLL core, dividers, dual VCOs, and a jitter cleaner feature. Combining this facility to a very-low-jitter, 4×4 crosspoint switch makes it possible to generate the variety of clocks necessary to the Radio420X.

“This configurable radio head FMC is set to revolutionize wireless telecom development, because of the Lime Microsystems RF IC, the versatility of VITA 57 FMCs (a widely adopted standard in the wireless industry), its 0.3–3.0 GHz tunable frequency and its 1.5–28.0 MHz bandwidth coverage,” said Martin Turgeon, product line manager at Lyrtech. “The way the card is integrated to our Perseus AMC is also a great plus for developers, who don’t have to spend much time integrating and developing drivers, leaving them free to concentrate on product and application development.”

Available in SISO (Radio420S) and 2×2 MIMO (Radio420M) configurations. The Radio420M offers two transceivers on the same FMC site, making 2×2 MIMO and dual-band applications possible.

About Lyrtech

Lyrtech, a proud member of the Texas Instruments Design House Network, develops and manufactures advanced digital signal processing solutions for companies worldwide, a vital technology to network and wireless communications, audio and video processing, as well as electronic systems in all fields of technology. Lyrtech offers a full range of DSP-FPGA development platforms, as well as design, prototyping, and manufacturing of electronic products. Lyrtech works in partnership with industry leaders such as Texas Instruments, The MathWorks, and Xilinx. Lyrtech’s customers include many prestigious names of the consumer electronics, telecommunications, aerospace, and defense fields.

About Lime Microsystems

Lime Microsystems is a fabless semiconductor company specializing in digitally configurable transceivers for the next generation of wireless broadband systems. Its key strength is design expertise, covering RFIC design through to end-system applications, with an international reputation for analog, mixed-mode and RF designs. Lime Microsystems’ partnerships help customers achieve high performance with lower device and manufacturing costs, less design resource and optimized inventory.