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High Speed Converters: What? Why? (and a little How?)

As we move our analog-to-digital conversion closer to the beginning of our signal chain, the performance demands can get extreme. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with David Robertson - VP at Analog Devices about how to design high-speed converters for today's most demanding applications.

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.

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 effecitvely, 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.

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.

Assertion-Based Emulation Using Veloce

This paper describes the assertion-based verification approach along with its benefits and uses. It further explains the advantages of emulation, especially for very large and complex SoCs, and how Veloce® assertion synthesis improves the emulation of SoCs that include assertions and helps reduce the time to verification closure. The Veloce compiler synthesizes logic for the assertions along with the design under test (DUT) and maps them into the emulator, making emulation faster.

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.

Rigid-Flex and Embedded Components

These days, flexibile circuit boards are making their way into the mainstream. Rigid-flex design gives us all kinds of new capabilities in form factor, as well as the opportunity to replace expensive and unreliable cables and connectors. But, how do you handle rigid-flex PCB design in your layout tools? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Altium's Ben Jordan about rigid-flex design in Altium Designer - and how you can use those same capabilities for embedded components as a bonus!

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.

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.

PADS VX: Redefining Productivity

When it comes to PCB Design, the giant companies don't get ALL the cool toys. Desktop design tools are now getting impressive capabilities that rival their enterprise-scale big brothers. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Jim Martens of Mentor Graphics about the new PADS VX and the impressive capabilities it brings to desktop electronic design.

SDAccel Development Environment Demonstration

This video demonstrates the SDAccel™ development environment for acceleration using a standard X86_64 workstation containing an Alpha data ADM-PCIE-7V3 accelerator.

New Approaches to Hardware Acceleration Using Ultra Low Density FPGAs

Ask system designers to list the problems they face – it doesn’t matter whether they’re building mobile consumer, automotive, industrial, medical or scientific applications – and inevitably they’ll mention optimizing host processor performance. It’s hardly surprising. The event-driven architecture of these MPUs allows them to multitask and address new priorities as they occur. But as the number of I/O continues to rise, it also places escalating demand on bandwidth. Tasked with managing a wider array of I/O as well as other system-wide command and control functions, today’s host MPUs must remain operational for longer periods of time, thereby consuming precious power and compute resources.

Verify Design Performance with PADS Best-in-Class Simulation and Analysis

It really isn't important to simulate your PCB design - as long as you don't care about re-spins, signal integrity, cost... OK, actually, there are many good reasons to simulate your board. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Jim Martens of Mentor Graphics about simulating your board design using PADS. It may make you re-think your board design strategy.

It's an Analog World After All

It's an analog world out there. And, while most microcontrollers offer terrific features in the digital and software domain, Microchip has a new family of MCUs with Intelligent Analog capabilities that can make a huge difference in connecting your design to the real world. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to Alexis Alcott of Microchip about harnessing the power of Intelligent Analog in MCU design.

Integrating Electronic Design Analysis Upstream, Downstream, and Sideways

PCB Design demands a great deal more care these days. Signal and power integrity are just some of the realities that board designers must contend with these days. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Brad Griffin of Cadence Design Systems about the integration of these important analysis capabilities into the PCB design process.

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.

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.

Developing Clean Efficient Power with LLC Resonant Converters with Infineon

Ready to get your black belt in DC power conversion? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Sam Abdel-Rahman of Infineon about how to make a versatile, high-efficiency, LLC resonant mode power converter. So, buckle up, hit play, and get your DC on!

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.

Protium Rapid Prototyping Platform

Building a robust prototype involves a lot more than just throwing a bunch of big FPGAs on a board or in a box. In fact, success of a prototype is a lot more about the system surrounding the boards - the tools, design flow, and IP that make the whole thing come up easily and work smoothly. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to Juergen Jaeger of Cadence about the new Protium Rapid Prototyping Platform from Cadence, and how it can simplify your prototyping process.

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.

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World's Smallest FPGAs Solve 4 Big Problems

In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia chats with Gordon Hands (Lattice Semiconductor) about some awesomely tiny FPGAs that bring the power of programmable logic into devices like cell phones, tablets, and other power and form factor sensitive applications.

Super Low Power MCUs: NanoWatt XLP Technology

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Jason Tollefson of Microchip Technology about a radical new line of microcontrollers from Microchip that combine amazing processing capability with almost unbelievably low power consumption.

FPGA Prototyping with the Kintex-7 KC705 Evaluation Kit

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Evan Leal of Xilinx about their new Kintex-7 KC705 Evaluation Kit, all the cool stuff that’s included and how we can use it to speed up our FPGA Prototyping.

Verification Methodologies (Made Easy)

Most FPGA designers don’t know much about formal methodologies for verification. It’s too bad, because today’s complicated FPGA designs can really take advantage of standardized methodologies like UVM. In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia and Jerry Kaczynski (Aldec) are going to unscramble the anagrams and get you on your way to understanding and harnessing the power of universal verification methodologies - so you can start applying them to your next design.

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.

Industrial Temperature Measurement Solutions

Many industrial designs need data from sensors such as temperature probes. But, getting from the analog world of probe signals to the digital world where the magic happens can be a tedious and tricky process. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Sean Long of Maxim Integrated about an easy way to connect up sensors such as temperature probes in your next industrial design.

Scripted Flows in Vivado Design Suite

When you're using a new tool for the first time, a good GUI is great to have, but once you're up and running and automating a complex design process, scripted flows offer a much more powerful means of controlling your tools. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton and Ron Plyler of Xilinx explore scripted flows in the Vivado design suite.

High Speed Data Acquisition and Software Defined Radio Made Simple

Building a hybrid computing platform from scratch is a huge and complicated project. Luckily, somebody has already done that work for you. In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Justin Braun (4DSP) about how you can use pre-designed platforms to dramatically simplify these complex computing and data acquisition problems.

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SDAccel Development Environment Demonstration

This video demonstrates the SDAccel™ development environment for acceleration using a standard X86_64 workstation containing an Alpha data ADM-PCIE-7V3 accelerator.

Introducing SDAccel Development Environment

The SDAccel™ development environment for OpenCL™, C, and C++, enables up to 25X better performance/watt for data center application acceleration leveraging FPGAs. SDAccel, member of the SDx™ family, combines the industry’s first architecturally optimizing compiler supporting any combination of OpenCL, C, and C++ kernels, along with libraries, development boards and the first complete CPU/GPU like development and run-time experience for FPGAs.

Power-Aware Verification in Mixed-Signal Simulation

This paper presents the basic concepts of power-aware verification in mixed-signal simulation and applies them to the verification of a tire pressure monitoring system SoC, with the power architecture described in UPF. Many SoCs are mixed-signal in nature and have power-regulation functionality on the chip. Verifying such designs with mixed-signal simulation in power-aware mode complements digital verification by producing accurate results for the power management and analog units of a design.

Assertion-Based Emulation Using Veloce

This paper describes the assertion-based verification approach along with its benefits and uses. It further explains the advantages of emulation, especially for very large and complex SoCs, and how Veloce® assertion synthesis improves the emulation of SoCs that include assertions and helps reduce the time to verification closure. The Veloce compiler synthesizes logic for the assertions along with the design under test (DUT) and maps them into the emulator, making emulation faster.

SoC Interconnect Verification

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, Tom Hackett discusses the VIP Catalog solution for SoC Interconnect Verification. Two products are provided: the Interconnect Validator, which monitors fabric behavior, and the Interconnect Workbench for performance analysis. The combined solution delivers functional verification along with latency and bandwidth analysis to fine-tune interconnect performance.

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 effecitvely, 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.

OrCAD Now! Signal Integrity Presentation

Learn about the unique multi-tiered strategy to board analysis & verification designed to enable designers of all skill levels to analyze their PCB designs early in the development cycle when the cost of change is the lowest. This will also show how Cadence has created a multi-tier analysis environment that lets designers start with a set of pre-defined Electrical Rule Checks (ERC) that can be run on the board to quickly identify areas of interest or concern all without the need for any complex models or configurations.

OrCAD Now – PSpice

This presentation is on the benefits of using PSpice® in an integrated OrCAD flow. For new users, it covers how to get started and where to find working examples. The next step is where to find specific models and how to create them if they’re not available anywhere. Finally it will go deeper into the tool to see how it can help us if we run into trouble by identifying parts that are close to failure.

Xilinx Product Teardown at ARM Tech Con: What's In There Besides Zynq SoCs?

Watch Steve Leibson, Editor of the Xilinx Xcell Daily Blog, moderate two product tear downs featuring the National Instruments Virtual Bench and the Cloudium Integrated Media Processing Platform.

Xilinx at ARM TechCon 2014: Booth demonstration presented by National Instruments

Eric Myers, Product Manager for Embedded Products, National Instruments, demonstrates the Airbus Smart Tools concept for their Factory of the Future using the NI System on Module (SOM).

TripleCheck VIP

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, Moshik Ruben discusses TripleCheck verification IP (VIP) and how it allows engineers to know they have a thoroughly tested design that complies with the interface specification.

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Configurable 10/40G Ethernet Solution

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, Arthur Marris discusses configurable options for Cadence 10/40G Ethernet MAC, integrated PCS, and SerDes IP.

Applying the Benefits of Network on a Chip Architecture to FPGA System Design

NoC interconnect architectures provide a number of significant advantages over traditional, non-NoC interconnects, such as allowing independent layer design and optimization. Altera's Qsys system integration tool, included with the Quartus® II software, generates a flexible FPGA-optimized NoC implementation automatically, based on the requirements of the application.

Allegro 16.5 Powers up Allegro PCB PDN Analysis

This is a Cadence blog post about the launch of the Allegro PDN Analysis and what it will mean for PCB designers.

Super Low Power MCUs: NanoWatt XLP Technology

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Jason Tollefson of Microchip Technology about a radical new line of microcontrollers from Microchip that combine amazing processing capability with almost unbelievably low power consumption.

FPGA Coprocessing Evolution: Sustained Performance Approaches Peak Performance

FPGA architecture allows for many algorithm implementations where the sustained performance is much closer to the device’s peak performance when compared to quad-core CPUs or GPGPUs. The strong benchmarking results from FPGA accelerators will continue to improve with appropriate focus on the silicon, arithmetic, and library foundations. As even the largest FPGAs currently consume less than 30W of power, FPGA roadmaps are well below datacenter power and cooling limitations.

Enabling High-Precision DSP Applications with the FPGA Industry’s First Variable-Precision Architecture

The silicon DSP architecture of the FPGA can make a big difference when implementing complex signal-processing algorithms. Altera’s Stratix V FPGAs, with the variable-precision DSP block architecture, are the only programmable devices that efficiently support many different precision levels, including floating-point implementations. Also, with a 64-bit cascade bus and accumulator, the designer does not have to sacrifice precision when the algorithm implementation requires multiple DSP blocks.

Improving Power Optimization with PCI Express

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, Arif Kahn takes a closer look at PCI Express and its role in improving power optimization.

Designing an IP Camera with a Single, Low-Cost FPGA

Put an FPGA at the heart of your system, and you can develop a network surveillance camera with a single chip. Working with industry partners including Apical, Altera has developed a full video surveillance solution that includes silicon and intellectual property.

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.

Implementing a Multirate Uncompressed Video Interface for Broadcast Applications

As high definition is established as the de facto standard for video broadcast around the world, new production equipment not only must cope with the 1080p video interface, but also must be able to handle the legacy of standard-definition and 1080i interfaces.

Tackling Verification Challenges with Interconnect Validation Tool

As the capacity of today’s SoCs continues to increase dramatically, interconnect verification complexity also grows, considering the master/slave numbers, various protocols, different kinds of transactions, and multi-layered topology. The traditional ways of firing many direct tests, or applying a divide-and-conquer strategy, do not provide a holistic verification for SoC interconnects. A systematic approach must be adopted to tackle the challenge and make the process more efficient.

Setting and Editing Device Properties in Vivado

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Verifying Solid State Drives Incorporating NVM Express

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Avnet Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC / AD9361 Software-Defined Radio Systems Development Kit

This video provides an introduction to the Zynq®-7000 All Programmable SoCs / AD9361 SDR System Development Kit. The kit provides a development platform that can be used to evaluate, prototype and accelerate the development of cognitive radio and wireless small cell applications on the Zynq-7000 family of devices and the ADI AD9361 RF Agile Transceiver. The Zynq family provides an ideal hardware solution for SDR applications that demand high performance, re-configurability and low power.

Overcome Copper Limits with Optical Interfaces

With today’s high-bandwidth, low-latency devices and associated applications—such as smart phones, tablets, HDTV, and 3DTV—computer and network system vendors endeavor to deliver systems that don’t significantly add to network or internet traffic congestion and latency. This document discusses how optical interface technology embedded in an FPGA overcomes the reach, power, port density, cost, and circuit board complexity challenges associated with discrete copper interconnects.

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.

Getting PCB Designs to Market Quickly with OrCAD PCB Design Tools at FTD Automation

FTD Automation is a Cadence® channel partner in India. In this video, Mahendra, a sr. applications engineer at FTD Automation, talks about the time-to-market and scalability benefits of Cadence OrCAD® PCB design tools. These tools, says, Mahendra, help design engineers address challenges including design complexity and cost, with capabilities including fully integrated schematic entry, signal integrity analysis, and place-and-route methodology.

MachXO2 Family

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