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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.

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.

Leveraging MIPI D-PHY-based Peripherals in Embedded Designs

Embedded systems designers face an ongoing dilemma. On the one hand they need to drive down systems costs. On the other they cannot exploit manufacturing economies of scale because their systems are targeted at relatively narrow, low volume applications. While high volume consumer markets offer components capable of performing similar tasks at much lower cost, embedded designers are restricted from taking advantage of those components by their systems’ reliance on highly specialized, legacy interfaces optimized for the embedded environment.

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.

Routing Interfaces Quickly & Efficiently on PCBs

In today's PCB designs, interfaces such as DDR pose major challenges for layout. Issues like timing and signal integrity can be tricky for even the most experienced designer. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Hemant Shah of Cadence Design Systems about routing those tricky bits using a combination of automatic and manual routing techniques.

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.

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.

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!

Vivado Design Suite: Integrated Design Environment

Software engineers have long depended on integrated design environments (IDEs) to help manage complex design processes. Now, hardware engineers can take advantage of the same complexity-taming level of integration. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton explores the IDE in Vivado Design Suite with Brian Lay of Xilinx.

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.

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.

Overcome the Challenges of Highly Constrained Designs

Many of today's high-performance board designs have complex timing constraints, and meeting all those constraints can be a significant design challenge. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Jim Martens of Mentor Graphics about advanced design techniques with PADS that will help get you to design closure faster and with fewer headaches on complex, highly-constrained boards.

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.

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.

Xilinx and Open-Silicon HMC Memory Solution

Watch a demonstration of the industry's first available 12.5 Gb/s Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC) interface using the Xilinx Virtex®-7 FPGA. See how this solution provides superior memory bandwidth for your application using HMC technology, Virtex-7 FPGA, and Open-Silicon IP.

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.

How to Verify SoCs Incorporating the M-PCIe Specification

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, Mukul Dawar provides an overview of the Mobile PCIe (M-PCIe™) specification. He explains how Cadence VIP for M-PCIe can help you verify your mobile SoC design. Learn more about Cadence IP at http://ip.cadence.com.

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.

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.

Battery Management Solutions

Designing battery-powered systems can be challenging. In addition to power and form-factor considerations, today's batteries require sophisticated charging and monitoring for maximum safety, life, and performance. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Richard DelRossi of Texas Instruments about battery management solutions that can dramatically simplify your next battery-powered design while adding important monitoring capabilities to your device.

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Hierarchical Design Flows: Design Preservation & Team Design

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD, Amelia chats with David Dye of Xilinx about how Hierarchical Design methodologies and Team Design can accelerate your next FPGA design and get those team members of yours working productively together. With these tools and techniques, two million logic elements won't seem like that much after all.

Maximize Design Productivity With PCIe/104 FPGA/Processor

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Christine Van De Graaf of Kontron, who explain how Kontron is incorporating pre-made, small form factor boards, a high-performance embedded processor programmable logic into their new MSMST board and how we can get started designing with one.

Value of Power Modules

Today, the cool kids aren’t using discrete components for power anymore. Nope. They’re using power modules. In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Rich Nowakowski and Kevin Beals (Texas Instruments) about power modules, and why they’re the best solution for a wide range of design projects.

The Hardware Prototype Arrives -- Find Design Errors Fast and Improve Design Quality

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Bob Potock (Kozio) about how you can save yourself a bunch of headaches at prototype time and how Kozio’s VTOS (Verification and Test Operating System) can solve all of your embedded design prototyping problems.

Solving the 100Gbps Challenge with ABAX2

What do you do when plain-old FPGAs leave too much on the table to handle your next bandwidth challenge efficiently? In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Christian Plante (Tabula) about Tabula's new ABAX2 devices - based on their innovative Spacetime architecture. ABAX2 is fabricated on the latest Intel 22nm Tri-Gate technology, and can give you an enormous advantage in your next 100G design.

High-Reliability in FPGA Design - SEU Mitigation

Neutrons are coming for you and you'd better be prepared. Whether we like it or not, SEUs (Single Event Upsets) are becoming a bigger and bigger problem for our designs, especially for high realibility systems. If you thought SEUs couldn't mess up your next design because you aren't designing something destined for space, you need to think again. In this episode of Chalk TalkHD, I chat with Jeff Garrison of Synopsys about the how we can battle SEUs (on the ground or in the air) with the latest generation of design tools.

Routing Interfaces Quickly & Efficiently on PCBs

In today's PCB designs, interfaces such as DDR pose major challenges for layout. Issues like timing and signal integrity can be tricky for even the most experienced designer. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Hemant Shah of Cadence Design Systems about routing those tricky bits using a combination of automatic and manual routing techniques.

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.

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Select the Right Performance for a 802.11ac/Advanced LTE AFE

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, Priyank Shukla removes the mystery behind choosing the right ADC in and Analog Front End for wireless (802.11ac and/or 3G/3G) communication systems. Learn more about Cadence IP at http://ip.cadence.com.

Simulation Key to Automotive Challenges

This paper describes a new virtual prototyping environment that allows system integration to begin before physical hardware can be made available, a valuable commodity in today’s complex automotive system design process.  This new technology gives designers powerful tools for managing mechanics, electronics, software, and controls in one system with the capability to integrate the significant intersections between them.

Simulating Vector Controlled Induction Motors Using Space Vector Modulation

This paper illustrates the development of a comprehensive vector-controlled induction motor drive system using a virtual prototyping environment for the development/simulation of all designs. Motion control system development poses many challenges for conventional simulation tools. Not only are these systems extremely complex, they traverse both technology (domain) boundaries, as well as analog/digital boundaries. Conventional simulation tools cannot adequately deal with these diverse modeling requirements.

Allegro FPGA System Planner

The Cadence Allegro FPGA System Planner addresses the challenges that engineers encounter when designing one or more large-pin count FPGAs on the PCB board. By replacing manual error-prone processes with automatic pin assignment synthesis, this unique placement-aware solution eliminates physical design iterations while speeding optimum pin assignment.

Aldec Active HDL Datasheet

Active-HDL is an integrated FPGA Design and Simulation solution, with design entry, a high-performance mixed-language simulator and an easy-to-use, multi-vendor FPGA flow manager. Active-HDL has interfaces to over 80 leading EDA tools, making it the most powerful environment. Check out the top features and product configurations to see if Active-HDL is right for you.

Formal VIP for 100% Accurate Designs

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, Tom Hackett discusses formal verification IP (VIP), how it supports formal analysis, and how design engineers can leverage formal VIP to ensure their designs are 100% correct. Learn more about Cadence IP at http://ip.cadence.com.

How to Verify SoCs Incorporating the M-PCIe Specification

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, Mukul Dawar provides an overview of the Mobile PCIe (M-PCIe™) specification. He explains how Cadence VIP for M-PCIe can help you verify your mobile SoC design. Learn more about Cadence IP at http://ip.cadence.com.

Reduce Project Schedules and Increase Quality using Model Driven Development for Design, Verification, and Test

This paper shows how Model Driven Development can address common challenges in the system design, verification & testing of complex systems. Project success requires that hardware, software, and test teams fluently integrate application software, controlling firmware, analog and digital hardware, and mechanical components, which often proves to be costly in terms of time, money, and engineering resources. This paper covers such solutions that reduce project schedule while improving product release quality.

Modernizing System Development

Allowing disconnected development and waiting until the latest program stages to perform systems integration and connect all the pieces is a high risk situation, yet one all too common in today’s product realization process. Bringing domain expertise together as appropriate throughout a project’s development process is imperative for project success.  This paper explores a more modern approach to system development built on a Model Driven Development (MDD) approach.

Successfully Designing FPGA-Based Systems

One key challenge in successfully designing FPGA-based systems is choosing the right FPGA for the design needs, and maximizing the use of FPGA resources. In this paper Cadence offers recommendations for power-supply connections, pin selections and assignments, and other tips and methodologies to help customers design high-quality FPGA-based systems.

Addressing the “Power-Aware” Challenges of Memory Interface Designs

One of the toughest challenges in designing memory interfaces is accurately measuring timing while also considering fluctuations in power and ground rails due to simultaneously switching signals. Signal integrity (SI) engineers are increasingly insisting on “power-aware” SI analysis, where the effects of signal and non-ideal power/ground are considered when analyzing high-speed memory interfaces. This paper assesses how modern tools can be used to address power-aware SI challenges with I/O modeling, interconnect modeling, simulation, and analysis.

Abstract and Conquer: A New Alternative to Hierarchical Timing Analysis Tech Packet

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When implementing high-bandwidth PCI Express® (PCIe®) designs on FPGAs, success is never guaranteed. You want to spend your time creating custom logic that differentiates your design in the marketplace, not doing tedious work like manually wiring up all the components. Get your design to market faster and with less effort by using tools that free you up to complete the creative design work. These innovations will help you avoid the complexities of PCIe implementation, such as Transaction Layer Packet encoding and decoding, along with the mundane tasks of system integration like width matching, clock domain conversion, and arbitration. This way, you can dramatically shorten your FPGA design and verification cycles, meet performance requirements, and increase your overall design productivity.

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System Management

Semiconductor devices are prone to failure even after they have been tested, packaged and shipped by the semiconductor vendor. The main factors that contribute to device failure in a system are electrically, environmentally and mechanically induced failures. Because mechanical failures are almost impossible to mitigate at the electrical or electronic design stage the following discussion focuses on electrical and environmental stresses.

NXP Shortens Verification Cycle for Smart Card SoC

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Industrial Temperature Measurement Solutions

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