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Vivado IP Flows

Doing IP-based design can be a major productivity booster for your engineering project. But, your ability to easily use and re-use IP can be severely limited if your design tools don't have robust support for creating the IP flow you want. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton and Tim Vanevenhoven of Xilinx explain how you can create the perfect IP flow for your design process in the Vivado Design Suite from Xilinx.

A Methodology for High-Speed Nanometer Transceiver Verification, Validation, and Characterization

This paper provides a short introduction to a 20 nm transceiver implementation supporting data rates up to 28.1 Gbps, outlining the circuit verification challenges, and introducing a new methodology for circuit validation and characterization across operational, environmental, and process conditions. Details of the validation flow are provided along with the results obtained by using the new methodology.

Library Creation Solutions

As designs become more complex, it's important to identify opportunities to enhance design processes. Designers need an efficient way to create accurate, complex, schematic symbols and PCB footprints. EMA Design Automation has a solution to fill that need with an automated, efficient, process for creating component symbol and footprint data.

The Vault

Professional engineering projects require professional working practices. When we're designing things to be manufactured in volume, it's critical that we keep track of versions and revisions, collaborate and communicate effectively, and hand-off the right materials to manufacturing. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Sam Sattel of Altium about Altium's "Vault" - which makes those professional practices a whole lot easier and smoother.

What is Electrically Aware Design?

For years, layout tools have focused on the pins and wires, the "froms" and "tos", the segments and nets - without considering that they were really creating a complex electrical circuit. Today, however, the electrical properties of our layout is critical, and issues like parasitic resistance and capacitance can have a dramatic effect on our final design. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with John Stabenow of Cadence about electrically-aware design with Cadence's Virtuoso.

Vivado In-System Debug

Today's complex FPGA designs can be challenging to debug. If you're debugging in hardware, you need both visibility and control of what's going on inside your chip. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to Ron Plyler of Xilinx about doing hardware debug in Xilinx's Vivado tool suite.

Physically Aware Synthesis Techniques to Lower Power, Improve Timing, Congestion & Correlation

Synthesis is the single most important step in creating a high-quality implementation of our design. But, we can't expect our synthesis tool to produce the best results without considering the very important effects of routing delay introduced by placement and routing. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with David Stratman of Cadence about how to apply physically-aware synthesis techniques to improve the overall quality of your design.

Efficient Product Creation with Allegro and Sigrity Solutions

Being a PCB Expert isn't enough anymore. With today's interconnected systems, you need to design at the product level to be competitive. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Hemant Shah of Cadence Design Systems about product design with Cadence's Allegro and Sigrity tools.

Model-Based Design for Xilinx Zynq & Altera SoC Devices

You'll get way more out of your Xilinx Zynq or Altera SoC device if you have a smooth design flow from MATLAB and Simulink. Luckily, MathWorks has already thought of that. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Eric Cigan of MathWorks about Model-Based Design for this new powerful class of programmable devices.

Static Timing Analysis and Constraint Validation

Before you can even think about timing closure in your FPGA design, you have to set up timing constraints. But, being sure that you have the right constraints can be a real challenge. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Ron Plyler of Xilinx about some powerful new ways to set up and validate timing constraints on your way to timing closure with Xilinx's Vivado tool suite.

Vivado IP Integrator

Even the best "plug and play" IP blocks are far from fool-proof. One of the most challenging aspects of IP-based design can be getting the blocks stitched together properly, making sure you have the right version of all the IP blocks, and confirming the configuration of your whole design. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Tim Vanevenhoven about the powerful correct-by-construction automation built into the IP Integrator in Vivado Design Suite from Xilinx. IP Integrator seriously raises the bar on automation of IP-based design.

Product-Centric Design with Virtual Prototyping

As engineers, it's easy to get the feeling that your PCB is the center of the design universe. But, it's important to remember that we are designing products, not just boards, and a product-centric design methodology is essential to creating the competitive products that customers demand. Product level virtual prototyping validates that your detailed design approach can support the product requirements. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton and Bob Potock explore the concept of product-centric design with virtual prototyping and highlight how it differs from traditional, PCB-centric design.

Design Control, Data & Comparison with PADS Design Archive

A solid design data archive and management system can make a world of difference in your PCB design productivity. A good strategy enables re-use, eliminates costly errors, and allows you to get the most from your team's engineering efforts. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Jim Martens of Mentor Graphics about design data management in Mentor's popular PADS system.

Mixed Signal Verification: The Long and Winding Road

Verification of your mixed-signal design can be a nightmare, with clashing disciplines and engineering cultures, and challenging use-case requirements. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Steve Carlson of Cadence Design Systems about a comprehensive approach to mixed-signal system verification.

Delivering Higher FPGA Utilization & Performance: UltraScale Architecture

Ever notice how hard it can be to get the full utilization that an FPGA datasheet promises? Xilinx is aiming to change all that. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Darren Zacher of Xilinx about the new Ultrascale FPGA family, and how the architecture has been optimized for maximum utilization.

USB Type-C Solutions

USB Type-C is coming, but how will you add it to your design? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Gordon Hands of Lattice Semiconductor about a great new flexible solution for USB Type-C. Your job may be easier than you think.

Function Enablement with 8-bit PIC Microcontrollers

For a lot of mainstream applications these days, 32-bit or even 16-bit processors are serious overkill. You can get great performance, smaller footprints, lower power consumption, and lower cost using 8-bit devices. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Wayne Freeman of Microchip Technology about function enablement with 8-bit MCUs.

Abstract and Conquer: A New Alternative to Hierarchical Timing Analysis

Sign-off timing analysis for today’s complex SoC designs can be daunting. Rather than just throwing more computer power at the problem, you need to adopt a hierarchical approach and take advantage of higher levels of abstraction. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Ruben Molina of Cadence Design Systems about a new, faster approach to sign-off timing analysis.

4-Channel Analog Front End Solution

Designing the analog front end for any project can be a time-consuming engineering task. And, without a lot of analog expertise, many of us will face some tricky engineering challenges. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Bill Laumeister of Maxim Integrated about a new analog front end (AFE) that both simplifies and improves the design of many analog front ends.

FRAM Technology: The Next Generation of Non-volatile Memory for Microcontrollers

FRAM is one of the coolest non-volatile memory technologies to date. And, FRAM combined with microcontrollers is a perfect match. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Will Cooper of Texas Instruments about the practical implications of FRAM technology in MCUs.

Addressing Design Challenges in Heterogeneous Multicore Embedded Systems

Heterogeneous multicore systems [architectures that combine two or more different types of microprocessors (MPUs) and microcontrollers (MCUs)] are quickly becoming the defacto architecture in the embedded industry today. The quick emergence of these systems can be attributed to a number of factors.

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Simplifying Industrial Ethernet Design

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Suhel Dhanani of Altera about the who, what, and how of industrial ethernet design.

Why Do I Need a Customizable ARM-based SoC?

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Todd Koelling of Altera about what’s inside these new SoC FPGAs and how you can get started designing with them.

OpenCL on FPGAs: Accelerating Performance and Design Productivity

FPGAs have amazing capabilities when it comes to accelerating performance-critical algorithms at a tiny fraction of the power it would require to run them in software. The marriage of FPGAs with conventional CPUs could provide a truly remarkable high-performance computing platform. However, the problem has always been how to program it. In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Albert Chang of Altera about about how OpenCL can now be used to program FPGAs. OpenCL is already very popular for programming systems with graphics processors (GPUs). Now, Altera has enabled us to use this same language to program FPGA+CPU systems.

Cadence Low Power Solution - RTL to GDSII Low Power Design

Low-power design used to be an afterthought. Today, however, we need to consider power throughout the entire design cycle - from RTL all the way through GDSII. And, we can have significant impact on overall power consumption with optimizations at just about every stage. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Pete Hardee of Cadence about a holistic approach to low-power design.

Model-Based Design for Xilinx Zynq & Altera SoC Devices

You'll get way more out of your Xilinx Zynq or Altera SoC device if you have a smooth design flow from MATLAB and Simulink. Luckily, MathWorks has already thought of that. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Eric Cigan of MathWorks about Model-Based Design for this new powerful class of programmable devices.

Enabling the Internet of Things: Introducing Atmel SAM D20 Cortex M0+ Family

Your design needs to connect to the Internet of Things (IoT), doesn't it? Connecting your device to the rapidly expanding IoT opens up a wide world of potential new capabilities. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Andreas Eieland (Atmel) about some amazing new devices that can dramatically simplify the task of getting your next design into the IoT party.

The Power of Tcl in PlanAhead

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Tori Darien from Xilinx about using Tcl in Xilinx’s PlanAhead tool for FPGA design. Amelia throws her some examples, and Tori walks us through how to work them using PlanAhead’s Tcl interface.

Adding Wi-Fi to Your FPGA Design - Building a Connected Device

In the first episode of our new Chalk TalkHD series, Amelia Dalton talks to Bob Potock from Altium as they add Wi-Fi to an FPGA-based embedded system.

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Reducing System BOM Cost with Xilinx's Low-End Portfolio

A system’s bill of materials is made up of interdependent component costs, meaning a holistic approach is required to ensure lowest overall BOM cost. With a balance of the right features and capabilities, Xilinx’s Low-End All Programmable Portfolio offers system designers numerous cost-reduction strategies for high volume applications in the industrial, medical, automotive, consumer, and communications markets, among others. This white paper discusses these strategies with a variety of application examples.

SDSoC Development Environment: Optimization & Debug

Part 2 of 2 of an introduction to the SDSoC™ Development Environment: This video reviews implementation challenges and how SDSoC helps solve those challenges, take a fully implemented design and modifying it to further optimize the accelerated functions. Then reviews how SDSoC enables interactive debug on an implemented design running on an evaluation board.

SDSoC Development Environment: Estimation & Implementation

Part 1 of 2 of an introduction to the SDSoC™ Development Environment: This video reviews the challenges in implementing a system in a Zynq® SoC device and how SDSoC helps resolve those challenges. Then the video shows a demo of SDSoC on an example design to generate performance estimate and run a full design implementation using those estimates, and verifying the results achieved on the evaluation board.

Xylon: Face detection C-callable RTL IP with MicroZed vision kit

Xylon demonstrates face detection C-callable RTL IP with the MicroZed kit at Embedded World 2015

SDSoC Development Environment Demo

This video demonstrates how to create a simple image processing pipeline to detect motion, and to insert motion-edges into a live HD 1080p video stream running at 60 frames per second.

Massive DDR4 Memory Bandwidth with Xilinx UltraScale FPGAs

As FPGA designers, we are always looking for the maximum performance and flexibility in our designs. But, commodity DDR3 memory can be a bottleneck in many systems. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Ehab Mohsen of Xilinx about the amazing performance you can get combining DDR4 with Xilinx FPGAs.

SDSoc Development Environment Backgrounder

This backgrounder describes the features and benefits of the SDSoC™ Development Environment. The SDSoC development environment provides a greatly simplified ASSP-like C/C++ programming experience including an easy to use an Eclipse IDE and a comprehensive design environment for heterogeneous Zynq® All Programmable SoC and MPSoC deployment. Complete with the industry’s first C/C++ full-system optimizing compiler, SDSoC delivers system level profiling, automated software acceleration in programmable logic, automated system connectivity generation, and libraries to speed programming. It also enables end user and 3rd party platform developers to rapidly define, integrate, and verify system level solutions and enable their end customers with a customized programming environment.

Introducing the SDSoC Development Environment

The SDSoC™ development environment provides a greatly simplified ASSP-like C/C++ programming experience including an easy to use Eclipse IDE and a comprehensive design environment for heterogeneous Zynq® All Programmable SoC and MPSoC deployment.

Cadence Perspec System Verifier SW Driven SoC Verification Automation

To verify your next system design, you'll need a lot of use cases. But, creating, tracking, sharing, and running those use cases can be a nightmare. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Larry Melling of Cadence Design Systems about the new Cadence Perspec System Verifier and how you can take advantage of its power and flexibility in your system-level design verification.

Multiplying the Value of 16nm with UltraScale+ Devices: Staying a Generation Ahead

Xilinx is multiplying the value of 16nm with UltraScale+™ FPGAs, 3D ICs, and MPSoCs through key memory, 3D-on-3D, and multi-processing technologies and by leveraging the successful UltraScale architecture at 20nm. This paper describes in detail how to leverage key processing elements, connectivity interfaces, and other domain-optimized capabilities in the latest UltraScale+ portfolio for a broad range of application domains including wireless & waveform processing, packet processing & transport, video & image processing, high performance computing, and connected control.

UltraScale + 16nm Technology and Portfolio Backgrounder

Learn about new memory, 3D-on-3D, and multi-processing SoC (MPSoC) technologies introduced in Xilinx’s new 16nm UltraScale+™ portfolio of FPGAs, 3D ICs and MPSoCs, collectively delivering a generation ahead of value for next generation systems. This backgrounder describes the innovations introduced in the Kintex®, Virtex®, and Zynq® UltraScale+ families and how they address a broad broad range of next generation applications, including LTE Advanced and early 5G wireless, terabit wired communications, automotive ADAS, and industrial Internet-of-Things (IoT) applications.

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Accelerating System Designs Requiring High-Bandwidth Connectivity with Targeted Reference Designs

FPGAs that provide multi-gigabit serial transceivers to implement high-speed serial protocols have become the platform of choice for a large and growing number of applications today. The flexibility to accommodate different protocols, line rates, and emerging standards has made the multi-gigabit serial transceiver the perfect companion to the flexible reprogrammable logic in FPGAs. However, this flexibility comes at a cost. Designing systems that incorporate high-speed serial I/O is difficult enough. Designing systems that work with multiple protocols and different line rates is even more challenging.

SystemVision® Multi-discipline System Verification Datasheet

The SystemVision multi-discipline collaboration environment lets you explore concepts, validate performance specifications, investigate architectural partitions, and integrate implementation-level details, all in an easy-to-use virtual prototyping environment. Focus on a single design domain, or combine multiple domains, for full-system verification.

Drive the Automotive Market with a Distinct Advantage: Xilinx Automotive Spartan-6 FPGAs

Just about 10 years ago, you could count on one hand the number of electronic systems in an automobile. Today, it is difficult to find a single system in a car that isn't electronic or at least electromechanical, as car manufacturers look beyond engine block size and body design to electronics to differentiate their offerings. Xilinx(r) Automotive (XA) Spartan(r) FPGAs are playing an increasingly important role in this auto electronics revolution.

Xilinx SDAccel: A Unified Development Environment for Tomorrow’s Data Center

This paper examines Xilinx’s SDAccel ™, a software development environment for OpenCL, C and C++, which is part of the Xilinx SDx™ family. The paper will examine the role of SDAccel in creating more power-optimized compute environments for the data center, and in bringing together CPU/GPU optimized compilation and dynamically reconfigurable accelerators under a common development environment

EWIS Requirements: The Business Challenge

Without proper planning and the evolution of their business to efficiently deal with the EWIS mandates, companies could find themselves in a very costly situation. This paper investigates the issues surrounding EWIS compliance and methods to minimize both cost and potential program delays.

Bridging MIPI Technologies with ULD FPGAs

With mobile-based standards such as MIPI sweeping the design landscape, we will often find ourselves in the situation of needing to bridge between legacy interfaces and newer MIPI-based ones. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to Ted Marena of Lattice Semiconductor about using ultra-low-density FPGAs in mobile devices to enable us to get our other interfaces to play nicely with MIPI - with form-factors and power efficiency that are right at home in mobile devices.

Preparing for Google TV

Google and partners recently announced Google TV—an open, architecture-neutral platform that will bring the full web experience to television viewing. Given the fact that MIPS licensees lead in the digital home today, it is likely that there will be a large number of future Google TV systems based on the MIPS architecture. Leveraging our work with Android and our ongoing relationship with Google, MIPS is in an excellent position to work with our licensees as Google TV moves beyond initial reference platforms and into mainstream development within the digital home market. By designing your SoC to the right specifications now, you can be ahead of the market when the Google TV code is available in open source in 2011. In this paper, we will provide you with an in-depth description of hardware requirements and recommendations for developing an SoC that will support the Google TV operating system!

Accurately Analyzing Power in a Simulink Software Model-Based Design Flow

Frequency, run time, and area utilizations are widely used as benchmarking metrics to gauge quality of results (QoR) for FPGA designs and tool performance. In the past, it was sufficient to have a design run at a certain frequency while being able to fit into a target device. However, those metrics alone are no longer sufficient.

National Instruments Comments on Xilinx Extensible Processing Platform

Xilinx Extensible Processing Platform testimonial from customer National Instruments.

How to Design a Sigma Delta Mixer Circuit

In parts 1 & 2 of this 3-part Chalk Talk series, we talked about how Triad Semiconductor can save you 75%, or even as much as 99% in your next mixed-signal ASIC design. But, what good is savings if you don't know what you can design with it? In this third episode of our 3-part Chalk Talk series, Amelia and Reid Wender of Triad Semiconductor have fun taking ViaDesigner out for a spin - designing a sigma delta mixer.

Actel FPGAs for Handheld Portable Applications

The portable electronics market is booming, and the continuing demand for smaller, more portable devices poses design challenges as end-users want more features, improved performance plus longer battery life. Actel’s nonvolatile flash FPGAs are unique in their ability to meet all the demands of the portable electronics designer: low active and static power consumption, small footprint packages, design security, higher integration, and live at power-up operation.

Sigrity PowerSI Tackles SSO Noise: Customer Success Story

AEI Systems needed to perform a worst case SSO analysis to screen their design and verify that defects and deficiencies would be eliminated prior to test, production and delivery. In doing so, they found that Cadence Sigrity PowerSI was the only tool tested that was able to provide the close correlation to the actual measurement needed to validate the RTAX board example. Click to see the process and results AEI Systems saw using Sigrity PowerSI to successfully evaluate worst case SSO noise.

OpenCL on FPGAs: Accelerating Performance and Design Productivity

FPGAs have amazing capabilities when it comes to accelerating performance-critical algorithms at a tiny fraction of the power it would require to run them in software. The marriage of FPGAs with conventional CPUs could provide a truly remarkable high-performance computing platform. However, the problem has always been how to program it. In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Albert Chang of Altera about about how OpenCL can now be used to program FPGAs. OpenCL is already very popular for programming systems with graphics processors (GPUs). Now, Altera has enabled us to use this same language to program FPGA+CPU systems.

Choice of an ISA for Embedded Designs

Software investment is the biggest ticket item in any project. Hence the choice of an ISA that offers a scalable solution is an important consideration. MIPS and our SoC eco system offer distinct families of processor cores that span from 32-bit micro controllers all the way to 64-bit multi-threaded super-scalar cores from single-core to many cores, to address various segments of the embedded markets. For either a new design or a follow on or upgrade to an existing design, the choice of MIPS as the ISA offers an ideal path for protecting the software investment on a project, since one can scale the application up and down the performance scale seamlessly between a wide range of processors. The bulk of the effort in the migration to any new ISA is in the low-level initialization software. This paper illustrates the ease of migration from the ARM to MIPS architecture and highlight the areas that users need to focus on.

Model-Based Design for Xilinx Zynq & Altera SoC Devices

You'll get way more out of your Xilinx Zynq or Altera SoC device if you have a smooth design flow from MATLAB and Simulink. Luckily, MathWorks has already thought of that. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Eric Cigan of MathWorks about Model-Based Design for this new powerful class of programmable devices.

Understanding Single Event Effects (SEEs) in FPGAs

With the increasing popularity of programmable logic, FPGAs are finding their way into many applications that were once the territory of ASICs and ASSPs. At the same time, process nodes are shrinking and logic density is increasing, meaning that more of the system can be implemented in a single device. As programmable logic finds its way into avionics, communications and medical applications, designers face demands for increased reliability and safety over many of the traditional markets for FPGAs.


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