"We unfortunately experienced further manufacturing delays, due to supply chain issues regarding component allocation and the current industry-wide silicon shortages. However, we are now pleased to report that the next batch of 1,200 LimeSDR Mini boards is coming off the production line and will be shipped to Crowd Supply next Tuesday, 25th May."
I'm not sure if this means that Mouser(UK) will be restocked as well. The BATC shop will not be supplying LimeSDRs as they are due to be available at reasonable prices from CrowdSupply. See https://www.crowdsupply.com/lime-micro/ ... ction-line
https://www.mouser.co.uk/ProductDetail/ ... toNQ%3D%3D
Lime USB powers via USB and bing-bongs, but not seen by any software. DC in is reaching the PCB but no LEDs light up. Nothing visibly burnt, so a PSU fault of some kind. Onto the 'one day maybe' pile....
The industry-wide supply shortages are also the cause of the current long lead-times for LimeSDR Mini purchase.
The Path to Resuming Production
Lime, like everyone else in the electronics industry, has been impacted by the global supply chain crunch that started earlier this year. From critical components like FPGAs and PLLs to (formerly) commodity components like passives, we’re struggling to source the parts we need to manufacture the Lime product line, including LimeSDR Mini.
The quoted lead times we’re hearing from our suppliers are so outlandishly long and change so frequently that we can’t put much faith in them. So, while we’ve placed our orders and hope the supply chain settles down soon, we’re not betting on it and are actively pursuing other avenues to resuming production. For example, there is some hope of synthesizing a PLL in an FPGA and sourcing FPGAs with better availability. We’re also seriously considering repurposing perfectly good components on boards that have some other defect and would otherwise be scrapped. Happily, the one part we don’t need to worry about right now is our own - the LMS7002 transceiver, since we fortunately had a large batch produced prior to the semiconductor shortage.
In any case, we’ve adjusted all our estimated delivery dates according to our most up-to-date information. If you’ve already placed your order, you can see when it is estimated to ship by logging into your Crowd Supply account. If you are placing a new order, you can see the estimated delivery date before you complete your purchase.
As always, thank you for your support and patience!
Source: https://www.crowdsupply.com/lime-micro/ ... -bank-demo
Not great news, but at least they should be available in the future and are not end-of-life.
Not all is lost though and if you don't want to wait a year or so for availability there are other options. Taking up golf for example is a fine way to spend much time and lots of money. Alternatively, several people have had success with Gnuradio which supports a wide range of SDRs. I expect it won't be long until someone packages this as an easy to use PC app for those afraid of programming. A wideband SDR e.g. Red Pitaya or even a standard low cost 1 MHz DAC can be used with Gnuradio to generate lower rate RB DATV at baseband which can then drive an upconverter like the RS-HFIQ, it just needs as enthusiastic, capable, developer to make it happen. The Lime and Pluto do all this and more which is why other development has more or less stopped.