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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.

FPGA-Based Control for Electric Vehicle and Hybrid Electric Vehicle Power Electronics

The speed and flexibility of FPGAs are beneficial in high-performance power electronics control systems. This white paper describes the benefits of using FPGA-based control in a hybrid electric vehicle (hybrid EV) or electric vehicle (EV) drive system comprised of a variable-voltage control (VVC) or bidirectional DC-DC converter, 3-phase inverters, and interior permanent magnet (IPM) motor or generators. This paper also describes the implementation of VVC converter and the motor inverter control in an integrated simulation environment with Simulink and DSP Builder.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Open Source Security Using OpenCL & Altera FPGAs

Today's FPGAs offer interesting potential for accelerating performance- and power-critical operations such as security algorithms. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Ryan Kenny of Altera about using FPGAs to accelerate open source security algorithms written in OpenCL.

Cadence Tempus Timing Signoff Solution

Achieving timing closure for signoff can be a daunting challenge in today's complex designs. Meeting timing under all conditions - with the certainty required for signoff - is a complex and demanding task. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to Ruben Molina of Cadence Design Systems about the special challenges of signoff timing closure, and Cadence's new Tempus timing analysis tool.

Faster Wiring and Harness Design

Does your electrical design software just do the basics? Or does it take the complexities of today's designs out of the task and save you time and money? This short white paper outlines the top ten highlights of how new tools make wiring and harness design faster and better.

100G Ethernet Packet Parsing with Spacetime

Designing 100G Ethernet is a daunting challenge. Timing, power, latency, and throughput all fight with each other, and it's easy to fall into a design trap with a solution that doesn't offer a good compromise. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Parsun Raha about the challenges of 100G (and beyond), and how those conflicting design goals can be met by Tabula's innovative Spacetime architecture.

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.

Faster Time to First Prototype

ASIC and SoC development projects demand prototypes as early as possible for system validation and hardware/software integration. A combination of a Design-for-Prototyping (DFP) methodology and automation tools can help design engineers responsible for emulation and prototyping to accelerate the time to first prototype and then replicate it successfully for distribution to other end-users like firmware/software developers.

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.

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.

Get to Know 802.11a/c Wireless Analog Front End Solution

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesday video, Priyank Shukla discusses Cadence's wireless analog front end (AFE) solution for 802.11a/c.

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.

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.

Using Low Cost, Non-volatile PLDs in System Applications

The system market is comprised of applications in telecom infrastructure, computing, high end industrial and high end medical. Power supply sequencing, voltage and current monitoring, bus bridging, voltage level translation, interface control, and temperature measurement are typical board functions found in these applications. System designers are faced with continual pressure to meet their development schedules, and need to implement designs with minimal effort and risk while maintaining maximum flexibility. By using a programmable-based approach instead of several discrete devices or Application Specific Standard Products (ASSPs), designers can accelerate their time-to- market, address system cost and space reduction, and ensure a high level of product differentiation.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

Smartphone and Tablet Accessory Design

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia Dalton talks to David Flowers from Microchip about creating tablet and smartphone accessories - and how it just may be easier than you think...

Xilinx Agile Mixed Signal

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Steve Logan (Xilinx ) and they're going to tell you all about Agile Mixed Signal, and how it can dramatically improve the capabilities of your next FPGA design.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

Faster Wiring and Harness Design

Does your electrical design software just do the basics? Or does it take the complexities of today's designs out of the task and save you time and money? This short white paper outlines the top ten highlights of how new tools make wiring and harness design faster and better.

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.

EDS Design Tools for Electric Vehicles

This paper explores how challenges for electric vehicles from battery placement to electrical distribution to eliminating crosstalk between high- and low-level signals can be solved with advanced EDS software. Also see how design environments incorporate features for designer to address product plans and answer tomorrow's demand for fully electric vehicles.

Injecting Automation into Verification – Improved Throughput

This webinar will focus on the highest value tools and techniques for improving test stimulus, debug effectiveness and simulation throughput. One of the most common verification process improvement opportunities is being able to more easily create test cases, including leveraging standard bus interfaces like PCIe for stimulating your system. We will also describe common techniques for improving simulation performance.

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.

Defining Different Types of USB Controllers

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesday video, Jack Duda takes a closer look at different types of USB controllers and their roles in today's devices.

Get to Know 802.11a/c Wireless Analog Front End Solution

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesday video, Priyank Shukla discusses Cadence's wireless analog front end (AFE) solution for 802.11a/c.

See How Customizable Processors Can Help to Offload Your Apps Processor

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesday video, we take a little different approach and show you a fun and fast way to understand how Cadence® Tensilica® Xtensa® processors work, and how you can easily use them to offload your applications processor. After the video, learn more about Xtensa processors at http://bit.ly/1xZfYdP.

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4K Format Conversion Reference Design

4K resolution is the next major enhancement in video because of the benefits in picture clarity and realism. Many leading projector, broadcast, and camera manufacturers are shipping 4K enabled systems. Altera enables this next generation format conversion by reducing the system device count, which lowers the overall costs, reduces the cost of development, and simplifies board design. Previous systems required as many as nine off-the-shelf devices to perform 4K format conversion—four 1080p format conversion devices and five devices for serial digital interface (SDI) input and output.

Tips and Techniques for 28-nm Design Optimization

Timing closure is of critical importance in high-speed FPGA designs. This white paper focuses on the challenges that affect timing closure and discusses how simple HDL changes can help resolve timing issues and reduce the time needed to achieve timing closure.

Overcome Design Challenges with an Innovative IP Scalability, Integration, and Delivery Model

Intellectual property (IP) is a key component in system designs for many different end markets. This white paper explores how Altera and partner IP solutions can provide the differentiation you need for your next-generation applications. This white paper examines the feasibility of developing IP in-house or buying from a third party, and also presents Altera's innovative IP scalability, integration, and delivery model. With this model, Altera not only simplifies the process of acquiring, evaluating, testing, and integrating IP into your design, but also mitigates the risks of using third-party IP.

9 Reasons Why The Vivado Design Suite Accelerates Design Productivity

Does your development team need to create complex, competitive, next-generation systems in a hurry? Download the new technical backgrounder and explore the 9 ways the Vivado® Design Suite improves your productivity.

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.

Analog Devices—Cadence VIP to Handle Transactions on APB and AXI Interface

Rohit Pandharipande, Design Engineer at Analog Devices, details working with Cadence migrating from VMM to the UVM-compliant Cadence(r) Verification IP (VIP) to verify a Dynamic Memory Controller.

Enabling Low-Power EO/IR System Development with FPGAs and Image- and Sensor-Processing IP

Implementing Altera’s VIP Suite of MegaCore® functions, for sensor control and various image-processing capabilities, and Imagize’s FP-5500 compact video-processing engine, for sensor processing and image fusion, on Altera® Cyclone® IV FPGAs can kick-start development efforts for next-generation EO/IR and display systems, as well as provide a canned solution for the “boring” aspects of system design, leaving the designer free to innovate on value-add functions.

Lowering The Total Cost of Ownership for Industrial Applications

Approximately one-third of embedded designers surveyed on the adoption and use of FPGAs for embedded applications responded that they perceived FPGAs as too expensive to use in their designs. However, a look at the total cost of ownership (TCO) at the system level (as measured by development, enhancement, replacement, and maintenance costs over the lifetime of the product) reveals that Altera FPGAs offer competitive and flexible alternatives to discrete MCU/DSP/ASSP products.

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.

Vivado Design Flows Overview v2013.1

Learn about the various use models for the Vivado Design Suite, as well as, the main features of the Interactive Design Environment (IDE) and Tcl-based design flows from synthesis and simulation through implementation. For More Vivado Tutorials please visit: www.xilinx.com/training/vivado

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.

Reducing Development Time for Advanced Medical Endoscopy Systems with an FPGA-Based Approach

The market trends for medical endoscopy systems present a variety of challenges, such as the need for increased functionality, higher definition, improved processing performance, and smaller profiles. This white paper describes Altera’s solution using the 1080p Video Design Framework, DSP building blocks, reference designs, and Stratix® V, Cyclone® V, and Arria® V FPGAs.

Secure Foundations

In a world where attacks on electronic systems can be conducted remotely, security is a vital component of system design. Even systems that do not have to store personal or commercially confidential data now have to be designed with security in mind to prevent their core intellectual property (IP) from being copied and reused illegally. In these examples, we can see the two elements of electronic system security: design security and data security. Increasingly, the two depend on each other.

Implementation of 9x9 Multiplications, Wide-Multiplier, and Extended Addition Using IGLOO2/SmartFustion2 Mathblock App Note

This application note highlights design guidelines and different implementation methods to achieve better performance results while implementing wide-multipliers, 9-bit×9-bit multiplications, and extended addition with the IGLOO2/SmartFusion2 mathblock (MACC). The 9-bit×9-bit multiplications, wide-multiplier, and extended addition are ideal for applications with high-performance and computationally intensive signal processing operations. Some of them are finite impulse response (FIR) filtering, fast fourier transforms (FFTs), and digital up/down conversion.

Leveraging OCP for Cache Coherent Traffic Within an Embedded Multi-core Cluster

Scaling processing performance beyond the frequency and power envelope of single core systems has led to the emergence of multi-core clusters. Data access management within such processing systems becomes essential to ensure behavioral consistency. One solution to provide access consistency is the application of a memory coherence model such as MESI or MOESI within the L1 data cache hierarchy. For the MIPS Technologies MIPS32® 1004K™ Coherent Processing System (CPS), we applied Open Core Protocol (OCP) point-to-point connectivity to establish snoop-based coherence throughout the cluster. Following are principles of this communication model.

System Design with Advance FPGA Timing Models

Advanced FPGAs are difficult to characterized due to their advanced process nodes, which delays the availability of final timing models until silicon characterization is completed. This paper describes the timing models available for end-user FPGA design, in advance of production FPGAs. This paper explains the development cycle of FPGAs, along with the timing models available at each stage. This paper also describes the best practices that you can use at each stage of the timing model.

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.

Xilinx Agile Mixed Signal

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Steve Logan (Xilinx ) and they're going to tell you all about Agile Mixed Signal, and how it can dramatically improve the capabilities of your next FPGA design.


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