Field programmable RF ICs: LMS7002M 2017-07-19T14:34:19+00:00

LMS7002MThe LMS7002M is Lime’s second-generation field programmable RF (FPRF) transceiver IC with extended functionality to cover a greater range of frequencies and applications.

The device uses state of the art transceiver design in CMOS technology to significantly reduce cost and power consumption. It integrates a dual transceiver architecture to support 2×2 MIMO along with on-chip digital signal processing functions. The LMS7002M can run on any mobile communications and wireless standard – including all 2G, 3G and 4G variants and WiFi – both licensed and unlicensed.

The LMS7002M is ideal for a wide range of consumer and professional applications, including:

  • Small cell communications equipment
  • IoT and M2M networks
  • Broadband wireless
  • Netbooks and tablet PCs
  • Test equipment
  • Open source radio
  • Military
  • SDR
  • Cognitive radio

Lime’s proven FPRF technology has been used by private companies, government and military organisations to create a myriad of wireless broadband technologies, from whitespace radios to disaster relief networks to communications infrastructure devices.



The LMS7002M has a continuous operation spectrum of 100khz to 3.8GHz, and is software configured to operate up to 120MHz RF bandwidth.

The device can be configured to use the 2G, 3G and 4G standards – including all TDD / FDD variants – and a host of additional standards, including WiFi.

Single chip MIMO (2×2)

To enable advanced networks to be created, the chip features a dual transceiver architecture. It integrates 12-bit ADCs and DACs, LNAs, filters and mixers to provide two transmit and receive paths, enabling a true single-chip (2×2) MIMO operation. The transceiver’s enhanced capability features, such as an on-chip microcontroller, further simplify its calibration and installation. Furthermore, its extensive on-chip DSP has been programmed to enhance functionality and performance.


The device is fabricated using a low cost CMOS process and has been designed for the lowest possible power consumption.

The DSP supplements the analogue gain with digital control and is an important factor in reducing the overall power consumption. This allows the LMS7002M to operate from a single supply rail of 1.8V with individual blocks capable of being powered down for further power savings.


The LMS7002M has a standard serial port interface (SPI) for programming and includes provision for a full RF calibration. The device combines LNA, PA driver, RX/TX mixers, RX/TX filters, synthesizers, RX gain control, and TX power control with very few external components.

Design Tools

The chip is programmed by a serial bit stream and is designed using an open source configuration tool suite. The GUI provides access to all the parameters in each block. Designers can accept the defaults or change the control settings that are downloaded to the devices to meet their system requirements.


The LMS7002M is packaged in a 11.5 x 11.5mm aQFN 261-pin package. It is available with the Universal Wireless Communications Toolkit (UWCT), which includes an evaluation board and associated software.

Functionality and cost

The LMS7002M FPRF transceiver can be used as a software-configured, fully-functional MIMO transceiver or to replace discrete ADC, DAC, DDS (direct digital synthesizer), AGC or RSSI (received signal strength indicator) devices. It has been priced aggressively to compete with these discrete components, allowing it to replace several individual chips.

Lime supplies free software comprising an intuitive GUI and open source solutions to speed the device design-in process. The single chip transceiver requires only a few low cost external components, and customers can access Gerber files to significantly reduce the PCB layout time.  In addition, the on-chip microcontroller simplifies the calibration and alignment costs during the manufacturing process.  These all contribute to minimize your total cost of ownership.

Please contact Lime directly for full information.


  • Field Programmable Radio Frequency (FPRF) chip
  • Dual transceiver ideal for MIMO
  • User programmable on the fly
  • Continuous coverage of the 100kHz-3.8GHz RF frequency range
  • Digital interface to baseband with on chip integrated 12 bit D/A and A/D converters
  • Programmable RF modulation bandwidth up to 120MHz using analog interface
  • Programmable RF modulation bandwidth up to 56MHz using digital interface
  • Supports both TDD and full duplex FDD
  • LimeLight™ digital IQ interface – JEDEC JESD207 TDD and FDD compliant
  • Transceiver Signal Processor block employs advanced techniques for enhanced performance
  • Single chip supports 2×2 MIMO. Multiple chips can be used to implement higher order MIMO
  • On-chip RF calibration circuitry
  • Fully differential baseband signals, analog IQ
  • Few external components
  • Low voltage operation, 1.25, 1.4 and 1.8V. Integrated LDOs to run on a single 1.8V supply voltage
  • On chip integrated microcontroller for simplified calibration, tuning and control
  • Integrated clock PLL for flexible clock generation and distribution
  • User definable analog and digital filters for customised filtering
  • RF and base band Received Signal Strength Indicator (RSSI)
  • 261pin aQFN 11.5×11.5 mm package
  • Power down option
  • Serial port interface
  • Low power consumption, typical 880mW in full 2×2 MIMO mode (550mW in SISO mode) using external LDOs
  • Multiple bypass modes for greater flexibility

Product brief


Quick Starter Manuals

PCB Database

Package content:

  • BOM
  • Gerbers
  • KiCad Design Files
  • PCB Manufacturing info
  • PDF (Schematic, Layout, Drill)
  • Reports

UNITE7002 PCB Database Package (5.6 Mb): Access up on request

LMS7002EVB PCB Database Package (4.5 Mb):  Access up on request 

Stream PCB Database Package (10.4 Mb):  Access up on request

UNITE7002 / LMS7002EVB7 Software

Package content:

  • GUI ‘lms7suite’
  • Waveforms (CW, W-CDMA)
  • Windows drivers
  • MCU firmware
  • Readme file

Evaluation Kit Software Package (3.6 Mb):   (Login / Sign up)

Stream & UWCP Software

Package content:

  • GUI ‘lms7suite’
  • Waveforms (CW, W-CDMA)
  • Windows drivers
  • MCU firmware
  • FPGA bitstream
  • Readme file

Design Kit Software Package (17.8Mb):  (Login / Sign up)

GUI source code

  •  lms7suite software [link]

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