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USB Type-C Solutions

USB Type-C is coming, but how will you add it to your design? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Gordon Hands of Lattice Semiconductor about a great new flexible solution for USB Type-C. Your job may be easier than you think.

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.

Introducing the 16nm UltraScale+ Families

Xilinx’s 16nm UltraScale+™ family of FPGAs, 3D ICs and MPSoCs, combines new memory, 3D-on-3D and multi-processing SoC (MPSoC) technologies, delivering a generation ahead of value. The Xilinx UltraScale+ FPGA portfolio is comprised of Xilinx’s market leading Kintex® UltraScale+ FPGA and Virtex® UltraScale+ FPGA and 3D IC families, while the Zynq® UltraScale+ family includes the industry’s first all programmable MPSoCs. Optimized at the system level, UltraScale+ delivers value far beyond a traditional process node migration – providing 2–5X greater system level performance/watt over 28nm devices, far more systems integration and intelligence, and the highest level of security and safety.

4-Channel Analog Front End Solution

Designing the analog front end for any project can be a time-consuming engineering task. And, without a lot of analog expertise, many of us will face some tricky engineering challenges. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Bill Laumeister of Maxim Integrated about a new analog front end (AFE) that both simplifies and improves the design of many analog front ends.

The Vault

Professional engineering projects require professional working practices. When we're designing things to be manufactured in volume, it's critical that we keep track of versions and revisions, collaborate and communicate effectively, 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.

Solution for Heterogeneous Multicore Embedded Systems

Designing software for heterogeneous multicore embedded systems is a daunting challenge. Each of those words "heterogeneous", "Multicore", and "embedded" represents something that can cause a major breakdown in the normal software development flow. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Felix Baum of Mentor Graphics about challenges and solutions for heterogeneous multicore embedded design.

Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC Overview

Building on the industry’s first All Programmable SoC, Xilinx is enabling a generation ahead of integration and intelligence with unprecedented levels of heterogeneous multi-processing system on chip and delivering 5X system-level performance per watt. By combining the right engines for the right tasks, Zynq® UltraScale+™ MPSoC provides a flexible, scalable processing platform with the highest levels of security and safety.

Delivering Higher FPGA Utilization & Performance: UltraScale Architecture

Ever notice how hard it can be to get the full utilization that an FPGA datasheet promises? Xilinx is aiming to change all that. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Darren Zacher of Xilinx about the new Ultrascale FPGA family, and how the architecture has been optimized for maximum utilization.

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.

Mixed Signal Verification: The Long and Winding Road

Verification of your mixed-signal design can be a nightmare, with clashing disciplines and engineering cultures, and challenging use-case requirements. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Steve Carlson of Cadence Design Systems about a comprehensive approach to mixed-signal system verification.

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 Your Analog Output Design

Eventually, most of our designs need to control something in the real world. That means we have to bust out of our safe little digital realm, and drive some analog actuators or something similar. But, building that analog output section from scratch can be a real challenge. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to Bill Laumeister of Maxim Integrated about the Analog Output Design Accelerator Kit (MAXREFDES24EVSYS), a complete platform for easy evaluation that requires no lab equipment.

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.

FRAM Technology: The Next Generation of Non-volatile Memory for Microcontrollers

FRAM is one of the coolest non-volatile memory technologies to date. And, FRAM combined with microcontrollers is a perfect match. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Will Cooper of Texas Instruments about the practical implications of FRAM technology in MCUs.

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.

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.

Model-Based Design for Xilinx Zynq & Altera SoC Devices

You'll get way more out of your Xilinx Zynq or Altera SoC device if you have a smooth design flow from MATLAB and Simulink. Luckily, MathWorks has already thought of that. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Eric Cigan of MathWorks about Model-Based Design for this new powerful class of programmable devices.

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.

Debug This! Class-based testbench debugging with Visualizer

Rich Edelman says class-based debug is good news because it is not the same as debugging RTL. You don’t have to be an object-oriented programmer in order to debug a class-based testbench. Such a testbench just a bunch of objects – some statically created, some dynamic – which interact with the DUT. The upshot? Class based debug doesn’t have to be hard!

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.

How Real Number Modeling Improves Functional Verification for Mixed-Signal SoCs

Functional verification is particularly challenging for mixed-signal SoCs. In this 3-minute video, Dushyant Juneja, a CAD engineer at Analog Devices, talks about early bug detection and more thorough functional verification of the company's mixed-signal and low-power designs. The company achieved this by applying advanced methodology based on real number modeling and simulation in Cadence® Incisive® Enterprise Simulator.

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DO-254 Requirements Traceability with Spec-TRACER

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Louie de Luna about Aldec's new Spec-TRACER tool and how Spec-TRACER helps you navigate your way through your design flow - from beginning to end, from requirements to verification.

What is Design Security in a Mainstream SoC?

Do you worry about security in your FPGA design? Are there bad guys out there trying to take advantage of security holes in your electronic designs? What can we do to stop them? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia chats with Tim Morin (Microsemi) about the practical aspects of security in mainstream SoC FPGAs - what threats are out there and what we can all do to help keep the bad guys at bay.

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.

Cadence Perspec System Verifier SW Driven SoC Verification Automation

To verify your next system design, you'll need a lot of use cases. But, creating, tracking, sharing, and running those use cases can be a nightmare. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Larry Melling of Cadence Design Systems about the new Cadence Perspec System Verifier and how you can take advantage of its power and flexibility in your system-level design verification.

Powering Stratix V FPGAs (Made Easy)

Getting the right power to your FPGA has gotten a lot more complicated, but it doesn’t have to mess up your day or cut into your golf time. In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Jordon Inkeles (Altera) and Sharad Khanal (Linear Technology) about pairing Altera’s Stratix V FPGAs with Linear Technology’s power modules for a clean, robust, reliable power solution.

Delivering Higher FPGA Utilization & Performance: UltraScale Architecture

Ever notice how hard it can be to get the full utilization that an FPGA datasheet promises? Xilinx is aiming to change all that. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Darren Zacher of Xilinx about the new Ultrascale FPGA family, and how the architecture has been optimized for maximum utilization.

USB Type-C Solutions

USB Type-C is coming, but how will you add it to your design? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Gordon Hands of Lattice Semiconductor about a great new flexible solution for USB Type-C. Your job may be easier than you think.

World's Smallest FPGAs Solve 4 Big Problems

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

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Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC Overview

Building on the industry’s first All Programmable SoC, Xilinx is enabling a generation ahead of integration and intelligence with unprecedented levels of heterogeneous multi-processing system on chip and delivering 5X system-level performance per watt. By combining the right engines for the right tasks, Zynq® UltraScale+™ MPSoC provides a flexible, scalable processing platform with the highest levels of security and safety.

Introducing the 16nm UltraScale+ Families

Xilinx’s 16nm UltraScale+™ family of FPGAs, 3D ICs and MPSoCs, combines new memory, 3D-on-3D and multi-processing SoC (MPSoC) technologies, delivering a generation ahead of value. The Xilinx UltraScale+ FPGA portfolio is comprised of Xilinx’s market leading Kintex® UltraScale+ FPGA and Virtex® UltraScale+ FPGA and 3D IC families, while the Zynq® UltraScale+ family includes the industry’s first all programmable MPSoCs. Optimized at the system level, UltraScale+ delivers value far beyond a traditional process node migration – providing 2–5X greater system level performance/watt over 28nm devices, far more systems integration and intelligence, and the highest level of security and safety.

USB Type-C Solutions

USB Type-C is coming, but how will you add it to your design? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Gordon Hands of Lattice Semiconductor about a great new flexible solution for USB Type-C. Your job may be easier than you think.

Efficient Product Creation with Allegro and Sigrity Solutions

Being a PCB Expert isn't enough anymore. With today's interconnected systems, you need to design at the product level to be competitive. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Hemant Shah of Cadence Design Systems about product design with Cadence's Allegro and Sigrity tools.

Saving Routing Resources, Speeding Up Timing Closure at Freescale Semiconductor

Routing and timing closure were big challenges on the high-performance cores developed by Freescale Semiconductor. How did the engineers improve these processes? Watch this video to hear Nikhil Murgai, lead design engineer at Freescale Semiconductor, talk about how the team used Cadence® Encounter® digital implementation tools to save routing resources and speed up the timing closure process.

How Real Number Modeling Improves Functional Verification for Mixed-Signal SoCs

Functional verification is particularly challenging for mixed-signal SoCs. In this 3-minute video, Dushyant Juneja, a CAD engineer at Analog Devices, talks about early bug detection and more thorough functional verification of the company's mixed-signal and low-power designs. The company achieved this by applying advanced methodology based on real number modeling and simulation in Cadence® Incisive® Enterprise Simulator.

Cadence Perspec System Verifier SW Driven SoC Verification Automation

To verify your next system design, you'll need a lot of use cases. But, creating, tracking, sharing, and running those use cases can be a nightmare. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Larry Melling of Cadence Design Systems about the new Cadence Perspec System Verifier and how you can take advantage of its power and flexibility in your system-level design verification.

Mixed Signal Verification: The Long and Winding Road

Verification of your mixed-signal design can be a nightmare, with clashing disciplines and engineering cultures, and challenging use-case requirements. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Steve Carlson of Cadence Design Systems about a comprehensive approach to mixed-signal system verification.

Leveraging IPC-2581 to Eliminate Surprises During Hand-Off to Manufacturing

In this short video, Amba Prasad, product architect, R&D, at Tejas Networks, explains how the IPC-2581 design data format and Cadence® Allegro® tools eliminate surprises at the final stages of PCB design. These technologies are helping Tejas Networks deliver high-quality products faster than their competitors.

Verifying Multi-Voltage, Low-Power Mixed-Signal SoCs

Watch this two-minute video to hear Sorabh Sachdeva, a design engineer at Freescale Semiconductor, explain how he and his team used Cadence® Virtuoso® Schematic Editor to solve their verification challenges on their mixed-signal, low-power, multi-voltage SoCs.

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Software Debug Using Lauterbach TRACE32 on Veloce with Physical and Virtual Probes

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

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A Complete Analog Design Flow for Verification Planning and Requirement Tracking

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