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Comms firm looks to create open source rf hardware community

Lime Microsystems has launched Myriad-RF, an open source rf initiative intended to widen the community of developers and to aid rf innovation. Aimed at hobbyists and experienced design engineers, the site offers a range of low cost rf boards and free design files.

Lime's ceo Ebrahim Busheri said: "It was apparent that we needed to encourage innovation in the rf domain but it's difficult, given amount of support needed. By launching Myriad-RF, we can build a community that can support its members and there is already a lot of activity, even though we haven't publicised it."

The Myriad-RF community website and forum ( will house board design files and example projects, along with how-to guides. Users will be able to contribute to the site.

Myriad-RF boards will use field programmable rf transceivers to operate on any wireless communication frequency between 300MHz and 3.8GHz. The first board to be launched is the Myriad-RF 1, pictured, which measures 5 x 5cm. Busheri said: "This first board is simple and I expect similar solutions to be developed."

It's also possible that Myriad-RF boards will work in conjunction with Arduino. "We want boards to be simple, so they can be plugged into anything. A simple interface board with the appropriate resources will allow this."

Graham Pitcher

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