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Speed IP Bring-up and SoC Validation with HAPS-DX

Neil Songcuan, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, introduces the newest member of the HAPS family, HAPS Developer Express (HAPS-DX) and its features to speed IP bring-up and SoC validation

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Synopsys ProtoCompiler for RTL Debug with HAPS Systems

Troy Scott, Product Marketing Manager, and Peter Zhang, R&D Engineer, explain RTL debug features available in ProtoCompiler.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Effective Version Control for Electronic Design

When it comes to our hardware engineering projects, we need to keep our design data well organized. In the software world, this is accomplished with the help of version control systems. Unfortunately, most of us don’t learn version control for hardware design. In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Ben Jordan of Altium about how effective version control can help every step of the design process, enable team design, manage versions and configurations, and keep our project from spiraling out of control.

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.

Intel Atom™ Processor with built-in Altera Arria® FPGA

In this Chalk TalkHD Amelia talks to David Schmidt of Arrow about the new Intel Atom™ processor with an Altera Arria FPGA built right into the package.

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.

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.

How To Save 99% on Your Next Mixed Signal ASIC Design (part 2 of a 3-part series)

In part 1 of this 3-part series, we talked about how you can save 75% on your next mixed-signal chip design - which was great, but we think we can do better than that. In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Reid Wender of Triad Semiconductor about how you can dramatically reduce design costs and complexity even more. In this second epsiode of our 3-part Chalk TalkHD series, Amelia and Reid tell you how to save up to 99% on your design.

Timing Closure Made Easier with Stylus

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats Andy Caldwell (Tabula) about putting an end to the oppressive reign of timing closure terror. Tabula’s Spacetime architecture - it turns out - besides giving us crazy performance for our high-bandwidth designs - also makes timing closure drop-dead easy.

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!

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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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Using Low Cost, Non-Volatile PLDs in System Applications

Power supply sequencing, voltage and current monitoring, bus bridging, voltage level translation, interface control, and temperature measurement are typical board functions found in system applications. 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.

Power Supply Management in High-Availability Systems

One of the most basic (and most often overlooked) aspects of high-reliability system design is getting reliable power to all of our components. We need the right kind of power at the right places - at the right times, and in the right order. We need to handle power-up, power-down, and reset cases (among others). It can be really complicated. In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia Dalton chats with Wendy Lockhart of Microsemi about how to handle power management for high-reliability systems.

Size, Reliability and Security The Essential Ingredients for Medical Devices

Improved electronics technology will bring a new generation of devices that provide portability, connectivity, lower cost and data security. With the trend towards miniaturization comes the requirement for improved security to maintain patient confidentiality. Reliability is also a requirement, both in terms of product longevity and assurance that the device is working as specified. This is crucial for the rapidly expanding market for devices used in emergency interventions. Microsemi's nonvolatile customizable system-on-chip (cSoC) devices and FPGAs provide the right combination of features to let equipment makers deliver on all those demands.

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.

MachXO2 Overview

Watch the 5-minute MachXO2 Overview Video to: See an overview of the MachXO2 product family, learn how MachXO2 lowers cost, lowers power and integrates system functionality, all in a small package, see how easy it is to start designing with MachXO2 devices with free design tools, IP trials and reference designs.

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.

Building Energy-Efficient ICs from the Ground Up

Power consumption has moved to the forefront of digital IC development as component sizes shrink and insulating layers on gates become thinner. To enable today’s advanced low-power techniques, the design flow must holistically address the architecture, design, verification, and implementation of low-power designs. Cadence offers the design, implementation, and verification tools and flows to address all areas of low-power design throughout the entire SoC development process.

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.

Introducing SmartFusion2 FPGAs

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia Dalton chats with Wendy Lockhart of Microsemi about Microsemi's biggest FPGA announcement this year - SmartFusion2. This new family can do things we never expected from Microsemi's non-volatile FPGAs. Watch this Chalk Talk to learn what it's all about.

Single-Event Upsets (SEUs) and Medical Devices

Medical devices are not only susceptible to nature’s cosmic rays, but also must operate in radiation environments found in modern medical facilities. As evidence of these effects mounts, designers of medical devices must now also consider SEU susceptibility when choosing the technology that will form the basis for their products. This paper defines what the risks are and explains ways to mitigate and avoid these risks within programmable logic.

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.

IGLOO FPGA Product Brochure

Microsemi’s IGLOO®2 FPGAs offer best-in-class feature integration coupled with the lowest power, highest reliability and most advanced security in the industry. The device’s high level of integration provides the lowest total system cost versus competitive FPGAs while improving reliability, significantly reducing power and providing unparalleled security.

Extending the Spartan-6 FPGA Connectivity TRD (PCIe-DMA-DDR3-GbE) to Support the Aurora 8B/10B Serial Protocol

Targeted Reference Designs (TRDs) provide Xilinx designers with turn-key platforms to create FPGA based solutions in a wide variety of industries. This application note extends the Spartan-6 FPGA PCIe-DMA-DDR3-GbE TRD to support Aurora 8B/10B serial protocol.

Parameterizable Content-Addressable Memory

This application note describes a parameterizable content-addressable memory (CAM), and is accompanied by a reference design that replaces the CAM core previously delivered through the CORE Generator™ software. The CAM reference design should be used for all new FPGA designs targeting Virtex®-6, Virtex-5, Virtex-4, Spartan®-6, Spartan-3, Spartan-3E, Spartan-3A, Spartan-3A DSP FPGAs, and newer architectures. All the features and interfaces included in the reference design are backward compatible with the LogiCORE™ IP CAM v6.1 core. In addition, because the reference design is provided in plain-text VHDL format, the implementation of the function is fully visible, allowing for easy debug and modification of the code.

Advanced Timing Exception Multicycle Path Constraints

Learn Xilinx recommendations for constraining multicycle path constraints. Understand and apply multicycle path exception constraints in your design.

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.

Taking Command of MIPI PHYs

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays installment, Kevin Yee discusses what it means to "take command of MIPI PHYs." This is a first of a three-part series on the topic. Here, Kevin introduces you to D-PHY and its architecture, and how the protocol meets the requirements of mobile devices.


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