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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Accelerating System Bandwidth with FPGAs and Hybrid Memory Cube

Move over DDR, the Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC) is here! But, from a design perspective, care and feeding of the amazing HMC can be a lot more demanding than DDR. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton and Manish Deo of Altera explain how powerful FPGAs can help you tame the HMC in your next design.

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.

Increase FPGA Performance with Enhanced Capabilities of Synplify Pro & Premier

The most important factor in getting great performance from your FPGA design is optimization in synthesis and place and route. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Paul Owens of Synopsys about the latest techniques for getting the most performance out of your design tools, and therefore out of your FPGA design.

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.

Maximize Your Power and Efficiency with PADS Interactive Placement and Routing

For the engineer doing desktop PCB layout, efficiency is important. You don't want to waste precious time fighting with your PCB tool, and you don't want to end up with lousy results because you and your tool weren't getting along. Mentor Graphics PADS provides an efficient, high-productivity interactive placement and routing environment that lets you get great results quickly. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to Jim Martens of Mentor Graphics about interactive layout using PADS.

Productivity Enhancements in OrCAD PCB Editor

This short video provides a compilation of recent productivity improvements added to OrCAD PCB Editor such as 3D Viewing, Multi Trace Routing, Arc Editing, and more.

Advanced System Management with Analog Non-volatile FPGAs

A system management device is critical to the successful power up, configuration, maintenance and power down of the system. As system complexity increases, the requirements of these devices are growing and features such as instant-on, analog capability, and flexibility are crucial. Read how a robust system management design incorporates a wide variety of tasks in both the analog and digital domain including power rail management, environmental condition management, and analytics for diagnostics and prognostics.

Infineon's 8th Generation of RF Transistors Maximize Receiver Sensitivity and Range

If you're designing systems that use the latest WiFi standards, you know that a great RF transistor with high gain and low noise is key to good performance. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Andrew Nelson of Infineon about the latest in high-performance RF transistors - Infineon's new 8th generation.

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.

PCIe Controller Solution

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, Sandeep Brahmadathan breaks down Cadence's high-performance, low-latency controller solution for PCI Express (PCIe).

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.

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.

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.

How to Waive DRC Results Using Calibre RVE

This video will show you how to waive some violations using Calibre RVE and re-use the waivers' information in the new set of results.

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.

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.

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IP and Process Solutions for Energy-efficient PMICs

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Ravi Mahatme from ARM and King Ou from GLOBALFOUNDRIES about how IP and process solutions can help solve our power management problems.

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.

Building a New Type of IP Factory

Reliable IP blocks are essential to the success of most modern SoC and custom IC designs. But finding a reliable, reputable source of verified IP can be challenging. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to Kevin Yee (Cadence Design Systems) about Cadence's substantial IP offerings

Getting Started Using Kintex-7 FPGAs for DSP

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Tom Hill of Xilinx about their new Kintex-7 DSP development kits that will finally get you onto the rocket-coaster of FPGA-powered DSP.

Enabling New Applications with NFC Connectivity and Energy Harvesting

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Greg Proehl (STMicroelectronics) about the basics of NFC technology, and they explore some interesting NFC applications as well as cool and innovative new NFC solutions from ST - including one with energy harvesting capability.

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.

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.

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.

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PCIe Controller Solution

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, Sandeep Brahmadathan breaks down Cadence's high-performance, low-latency controller solution for PCI Express (PCIe).

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.

Productivity Enhancements in OrCAD PCB Editor

This short video provides a compilation of recent productivity improvements added to OrCAD PCB Editor such as 3D Viewing, Multi Trace Routing, Arc Editing, and more.

Intelligent PDF Generation

Often times it is necessary to share design information with other project members or partners who may not have access to a schematic capture tool or who you don’t want to have access to your design database. Creating a PDF is a perfect solution for this matter. Learn about how this new free OrCAD app enables you to create intelligent searchable PDFs.

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.

Flexible Design Reuse and Replication for PCB Editor

As PCB Designs become more complex and project timelines more compressed, it is important to identify opportunities to enhance design processes. See a quick introduction to CircuitSpace and learn how this productivity tool can help you reduces PCB layout time by up to 50%.

Automated Impedance and Coupling Checks

Cadence Sigrity Technologies provide the signal integrity and power analysis solutions needed for system-level verification and interface compliance so you can sign off in confidence. In this video you will learn how Sigrity makes it easy to quickly run Impedance and coupling checks on your design to identify areas of concern. In this example OrCAD PCB Editor was used as his tool of choice but the options are not limited to that. No models needed!

How to Automatically Replace LEF Abstracts with GDS IP

Physical Verification or other downstream analysis flow of P&R design data which only includes routing layers can miss issues caused by the current device level IP which is only represented by LEF abstracts. However, replacing the LEF IP abstracts with the current GDS version provided by layout teams can easily be merged with the DEF routing information and output to disk or in memory during Calibre Physical verification. This video steps through an example showing how to run this Calibre utility to merge the GDS data with DEF.

How to Waive DRC Results Using Calibre RVE

This video will show you how to waive some violations using Calibre RVE and re-use the waivers' information in the new set of results.

DDR Training Modes

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, Jeffrey Chung discusses the various training modes within the DDR interface. Watch to learn more about how these training modes can optimize timing.

Multi-Board Electrical and Thermal Co-Simulation Using PowerDC

Cadence Sigrity PowerDC allows the users to predict the correct DC voltage drop based on the operating temperature of that region of the electronic product's printed circuit board. This demo will show you how to use PowerDC to do multi-board electrical and thermal co-simulation.

TimingDesigner: Complex Diagrams

This video showcases TimingDesigner capabilities, especially for building complex diagrams. It will cover derived clocks, derived signals, and differentially ended signals which will include state decodes, measure events, guarantees and skews. Lastly it will cover complex diagram capabilities in the parameter spreadsheet.

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Accelerate Design Productivity with Vivado Design Suite 2013.2

The Vivado® Design Suite delivers a SoC-strength, IP-centric and system-centric, next generation development environment that has been built from the ground up to address the productivity bottlenecks in system-level integration and implementation. For More Vivado Tutorials please visit: www.xilinx.com/training/vivado

UltraScale FPGAs Power Advantage

See how you can address power savings and provide more performance headroom in your next generation designs with the UltraScale™ FPGAs.

Wireless Base Station ZUC Block Cipher Implementation on Zynq SoCs

The Xilinx Zynq®-7000 All Programmable SoC provides a flexible platform that offers programmability for evolving technologies like LTE and new standards including, but not limited to, the ZUC algorithm. This white paper illustrates the advantages of the Zynq SoC-based design methodology using the Vivado® Design Suite, which facilitates an optimal hardware/software partitioning of the system functionality for better performance.

A Functional Test Approach for Counterfeit, Substandard, and High Risk Microcircuit Detection

The production and distribution of counterfeit parts is rising and finding their way into consumer and military devices. As counterfeiters get more sophisticated, so must the tests used for detecting counterfeit parts. A functional test strategy can provide an additional detection methodology that will exercise the device under a variety of operating conditions exposing functional deficiencies. This paper will discuss how establishing a functional baseline will define the bar for functional performance and can be very effective in detecting and stopping counterfeit parts from being shipping in assembled electronic devices. It describes how Verification and Test OS (VTOS™) provides an extensive functional test library that can be easily extended or modified to create an operational baseline to be used to detect counterfeit parts. VTOS can be used in engineering, as well as manufacturing, providing test consistency while in search for counterfeit parts. If functional testing is missing from your test strategy, now may be the time to reconsider its benefits.

Mixed-Signal Power Management: Bridging the Analog-Digital Divide with Mixed-Signal FPGA Graphical Design Configuration Methodology

The management of power at the system level is a challenge faced by all system designers, but designers face a daunting divide between digital and analog when considering tools, practices, and methodologies. A new methodology developed by Actel, implemented in a new design tool, addresses the challenges, and eliminates barriers to delivering user-configurable mixed-signal power management without the need to reprogram circuit design changes to implement configuration changes.

Using TimingDesigner with the Altera FPGA Design Flow

As technology advances, so does the complexity of problems it exposes. Nowhere is this more evident than in high-speed interface design. Timing issues previously deemed insignificant are now impacting design schedules and can no longer be dealt with after the fact. TimingDesigner from EMA Design Automation is the solution for just that. This application note will discuss the integration between TimingDesigner and Altera Quartus II enabling the exchange of critical timing data to ensure system timing closure.

Xilinx and Huawei Discuss 400GE Networking

In this live presentation at OFC 2014, Huawei and Xilinx discuss how they are working together to solve the challenges associated with 400GE network readiness. This presentation also discusses the key technologies in 400GE and how programmable technology is playing a key role to expedite the development and deployment of Huawei's future IP router products in the networking infrastructure.

Using External Memory Interfaces to Achieve Efficient High-Speed Memory Solutions

Because a fast and robust memory interface is crucial for many designers, Altera provides the fastest, most efficient, and lowest latency memory controllers, which allow designers to work with today’s higher speed memories quickly and easily. Designing with Arria V FPGAs not only helps to make designs successful but also ensures that implementation is fast and easy.

Scale Beyond 1080p with 4K Design Methodology

Looking for a cost-effective and efficient way to implement 4K and multi-channel video processing? As the world of video progresses to 4K and beyond, the need for higher performance and bandwidth makes system development more complex and expensive.

UAV-to-Basestation Encryption

Sr. Defense Architect Jim Anderson shows how Xilinx defense-grade Virtex FPGAs enable the highest level of information assurance with Type-1 Single-chip Cryptography in a UAV application.

Extending Silicon Convergence with Technology Innovations at 20nm

Altera’s technology innovations in 20nm devices will move customers’ designs up the silicon convergence continuum by providing them the ultimate system-integration platform to achieve unprecedented levels of performance, bandwidth, and power efficiency. These innovations will be delivered in a mixed-system fabric that brings together FPGA hardware and software flexibility along with the efficiencies of application-specific hard IP in a single device. Altera’s innovations in the mixed-system fabric are enabling customers to create differentiated system designs.

All Programmable Abstractions Video

New All Programmable Abstractions initiative improves productivity of hardware designers and empowers systems and software developers to directly leverage Xilinx All Programmable devices.

Using 10-Gbps Transceivers in 40G/100G Applications (REVISED)

This white paper identifies the drivers behind the migration to 100G interfaces, and shows how to leverage FPGAs to implement this high-speed interface. The emerging 40GbE and 100GbE standards for data center and core network systems rely heavily on FPGAs to share those sectors with other protocol infrastructures. In addition to providing an unprecedented amount of resources such as logic, on-chip memory, and DSP blocks, Altera Stratix IV devices are the only FPGA family to enable these designs.

The Exploding Variety of New Interfaces for Mobile SoCs

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays, Tom Hackett focuses on the wide variety of new and updated mobile interfaces for mobile SoCs. These interfaces are broken down into three catagories—SoC fabric, memory, and chip-to-chip—and include ARM AMBA 4, ARM AMBA 5, OCP, DDR, LPDDR, LPDDR3, LPDDR4, Wide I/O, Wide I/O2, DRAM, eMMC, eMMC5, UFS, CSI-3, SoundWire, USB, PCIe, and SSIC.

Open-Silicon—Cadence Integrated SPB Environment for a Successful On-Time Product Launch

Kavitha Nagarajan, Lead Engineer -- IC Package Design at Open Silicon, Inc., describes how the company leveraged the Cadence(r) Integrated SPB environment to successfully complete a complex project with a tight deadline. From the package feasibility study, design, electrical analysis and design-for-manufacturing, everything could be done inside the Cadence SPB environment. This led to a successful, on-time launch of the customer's product.

Improving Hardware Verification with Accelerated Verification IP (VIP)

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, Tom Hackett talks about Accelerated Verification IP (VIP) and how it makes hardware verification more efficient and productive.

Introducing Stratix V FPGAs: Built for Bandwidth

While supporting increasingly demanding bandwidth requirements, your products also need to meet stringent cost and power budgets. Altera's new 28-nm Stratix® V FPGAs and HardCopy® V ASICs deliver groundbreaking innovations addressing the challenges of next-generation designs.

Xilinx and ARM Address New Markets

Ian Ferguson, VP of Segment Marketing at ARM, explains how an ARM processor combined with an FPGA addresses the embedded space. He also discusses three areas where programmable logic provides the most value along with the new markets addressed by the Zynq®-7000 All Programmable device.


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