Ubuntu App Store announced for LimeSDR developed applications
Written by: Laurence Doe | Published:

Lime Micro, a creator of field programmable RF (FPRF) transceivers for wireless broadband systems, has announced that Ubuntu – an open source software platform – is developing an App Store for LimeSDR that can be accessed once its crowd funding campaign successfully reaches its $500,000 (£342,000) pledge goal.

The project will see LimeSDR, a low cost apps-enabled software-defined radio (SDR) platform, allow SDR apps developed with its board to be downloadable on the Snappy Ubuntu App Store. Those developed by Lime will remain completely open-sourced. Developers are already using the LimeSDR to develop apps with LTE, Bluetooth and LoRa. The team behind LimeSDR also anticipate future applications such as IoT gateway, 2G to 5G cellular network in a box, drone command and control, utility meters, home automation and media streaming.

The LimeSDR can be programmed to support nearly all wireless standards, including Wi-Fi, ZigBee and Bluetooth. This is in addition to cellular standards such as UMTS, LTE and GSM and IoT communication protocols such as LoRa. The LimeSDR campaign, running until June 21, has generated the support of the individual backers as well as large corporations lead by mobile operator EE.

“We are really excited about this App Store announcement with Snappy Ubuntu,” said Ebrahim Bushehri, CEO of Lime Micro. “Already we are seeing applications being posted in forums and this development goes a long way to ensure that wireless network and connectivity will be app enabled.”

“As innovators we have worked hard at providing solutions for the future of wireless networks,” said Maarten Ectors, VP Internet of Things at Canonical and Ubuntu. “We believe that with app-enabled networks and using open-source commodity hardware and software, the need for proprietary solutions becomes less relevant.”

Image: LimeSDR Crowd Suppy page

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