Per Vices’ (Ontario, Canada) Crimson is a full duplex transceiver with an operating frequency from 100 kHz to 6 GHz with 4 independent receive and 4 independent transmit channels, each having 200 MHz of instantaneous RF bandwidth and the ability to control each chain separately.

In the industry, Crimson has been noted for including ADCs and DACs. “TI’s DAC38J84 digital-to-analog converter (DAC) and ADC16DX370 analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) enable Crimson to provide unmatched RF performance for the cost,” says Chuck Sanna, High Speed Products marketing manager at Texas Instruments. “This will enable manufacturers of radio equipment to not only extend their system capabilities, but to also develop new and unique applications.”

Crimson also encapsulates a high stability (± 5ppb) and ultra-low phase noise internal reference clock for applications which require tight timing. All of the above is powered by an Altera Arria V SoC device enabling unique and complex applications.

“Per Vices’ Crimson Arria V SoC-based SDR COTS board truly is a flexible product with a wide range of applications well suited for military, governmental and wireless networking applications,” says Ian Land, senior manager of Altera’s military, aerospace and government business unit. “It's a unique blend of hardware and software that delivers a high-performance, turnkey multi-channel radio,” he continued.

In the Test and Measurement market Crimson is intended for advanced signal processing and data collection applications. This includes, but is not limited to, MIMO applications, mobile backhauls and base stations, and spectrum monitoring with signal recording.

“As the market moves to software defined networking, Per Vices is enabling this shift by offering technology allowing communication between different wireless networks,” comments Scott Feller, Vice President Marketing, Cortina Systems Inc.

“Cortina’s leading edge 10Gb Ethernet technology supports Per Vices’ latest software defined radio offering, Crimson, which provides customers with transparent communication.”

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