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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.

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.

i.MX 6SoloX – Freescale’s New Heterogeneous Multicore Applications Processor

Many applications today need both an applications processor AND a real-time MCU. But, most solutions don't offer both on the same chip. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Amanda McGregor of Freescale about a new application processor that combines an ARM Cortex-A9 core with the efficiency and real-time capability of the Cortex-M4.

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.

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.

Architecture Matters: Three Architectural Insights for SoC FPGAs

New devices that combine the power and flexiblility of FPGAs and conventional processors on a single chip represent a breakthrough in capability. But, understanding the complex architecture of these sophisticated components requires us to look under the hood to see how the architecture fits our design requirements, and how to choose the right chip for our application. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Todd Koelling of Altera about what to look for in the architecture of your SoC FPGA.

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.

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.

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.

Connecting ZYNQ-7000 All Programmable SoCs with TE Connectivity Interconnect Products

New SoCs like the Xilinx Zynq are changing the industry - with new levels of functionality, flexibility, performance, and power efficiency. But, to take advantage of this new technology you'll need connectivity solutions that are up to the task. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Mark Bell from TE Connectivity about plugs, connectors, antennas, and other connectivity solutions for today's most demanding designs.

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.

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.

SDSoC Development Environment: Optimization & Debug

Part 2 of 2 of an introduction to the SDSoC™ Development Environment: This video reviews implementation challenges and how SDSoC helps solve those challenges, take a fully implemented design and modifying it to further optimize the accelerated functions. Then reviews how SDSoC enables interactive debug on an implemented design running on an evaluation board.

Massive DDR4 Memory Bandwidth with Xilinx UltraScale FPGAs

As FPGA designers, we are always looking for the maximum performance and flexibility in our designs. But, commodity DDR3 memory can be a bottleneck in many systems. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Ehab Mohsen of Xilinx about the amazing performance you can get combining DDR4 with Xilinx FPGAs.

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.

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.

Meet PPA and Turnaround Time Requirements at Advanced Nodes with Innovus Implementation System

Today's complex IC designs demand a new generation of high-capacity, high-performance implementation tools. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats Yufeng Luo of Cadence Design Systems about the incredible innovations in Cadence's new Innovus implementation suite.

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.

SDSoC Development Environment: Estimation & Implementation

Part 1 of 2 of an introduction to the SDSoC™ Development Environment: This video reviews the challenges in implementing a system in a Zynq® SoC device and how SDSoC helps resolve those challenges. Then the video shows a demo of SDSoC on an example design to generate performance estimate and run a full design implementation using those estimates, and verifying the results achieved on the evaluation board.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

Meet PPA and Turnaround Time Requirements at Advanced Nodes with Innovus Implementation System

Today's complex IC designs demand a new generation of high-capacity, high-performance implementation tools. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats Yufeng Luo of Cadence Design Systems about the incredible innovations in Cadence's new Innovus implementation suite.

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.

Accelerated Design Productivity with the Kintex-7 FPGA Display Kit

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia gets into the guts of display technology with Aaron Behman of Xilinx. From the newest standards to the details of 4K2K, we will tell you how FPGAs are uniquely capable of meeting the extreme performance and power challenges posed by current and emerging video standards.

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.

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.

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Altera Stratix 10 Security

Security is a key issue in just about every system design today. And, in FPGA-based systems you need robust security features built into the FPGA itself. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton and Ryan Kenny of Altera discuss the new security features in Altera's Stratix 10 FPGAs and how they help you address even the most demanding security challenges.

10 Secrets to Getting a Lower BOM Cost

Reducing your BOM costs can be a complex challenge. If your design includes programmable logic, you have a lot of powerful options for reducing cost that might not be obvious simply by looking at component costs. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Maureen Smerdon and Darren Zacher of Xilinx about minimizing BOM costs in your next design.

Announcing the RN4677 Bluetooth 4.0 Dual Mode Module

Want to add plug-and-play Bluetooth to your design, but need to have 4.0 dual-mode? Now there is a solution that spans the gamut of Bluetooth technologies. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Dave Richkas of Microchip about a new module that provides 4.0 dual-mode Bluetooth in a ready-to-use configuration.

Meet PPA and Turnaround Time Requirements at Advanced Nodes with Innovus Implementation System

Today's complex IC designs demand a new generation of high-capacity, high-performance implementation tools. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats Yufeng Luo of Cadence Design Systems about the incredible innovations in Cadence's new Innovus implementation suite.

Inductance-to-Digital Converters Revolutionize Position & Rotation Sensing

Inductive sensing is a reliable, accurate, and robust technology for a wide variety of position, rotation, metal detection and spring compression measurement applications. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Anjana Govil of Texas Instruments about how you can use inductance-to-digital converters to take advantage for inductive sensing in your next design.

Connecting ZYNQ-7000 All Programmable SoCs with TE Connectivity Interconnect Products

New SoCs like the Xilinx Zynq are changing the industry - with new levels of functionality, flexibility, performance, and power efficiency. But, to take advantage of this new technology you'll need connectivity solutions that are up to the task. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Mark Bell from TE Connectivity about plugs, connectors, antennas, and other connectivity solutions for today's most demanding designs.

Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC: Embedded Design Tutorial

To help accelerate your Zynq®-7000 All Programmable SoC embedded development, Xilinx has introduced a new Embedded Design Tutorial, a hands-on guide designed to help walk you through embedded system design. The guide provides opportunities to work with tools under discussion, examples and an explanation of what is happening behind the scenes.

UltraFast Embedded Design Methodology Guide (REVISED)

Xilinx is building on the success of its UltraFast™ Design Methodology with the new UltraFast Embedded Design Methodology Guide. The new Guide enables embedded design teams to improve productivity with a documented methodology for the creation of smarter systems leveraging Zynq®-7000 All Programmable SoCs.

Enable Your 500G/1T OTN Line Card Today with All Programmable FPGAs

Xilinx discusses how programmable logic provides the partial reconfiguration capabilities, large number of high speed analog IOs and mix signal capabilities to build high density, scalable and flexible 500G/1T line cards today.

Xilinx and Ixia present 400GE and 25GE testing solutions at OFC 2015

In this live presentation from OFC 2015, Xilinx talks with Ixia about how they surmounted the many obstacles to efficient 400GE and 25GE testing by leveraging Xilinx’s All Programmable devices to get the Ixia 400GE and 25GE tester families to market quickly. Presented by Thananya Baldwin, Senior Director of Strategic Programs at Ixia and Gilles Garcia, Director of Wired Communication at Xilinx.

i.MX 6SoloX – Freescale’s New Heterogeneous Multicore Applications Processor

Many applications today need both an applications processor AND a real-time MCU. But, most solutions don't offer both on the same chip. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Amanda McGregor of Freescale about a new application processor that combines an ARM Cortex-A9 core with the efficiency and real-time capability of the Cortex-M4.

UltraScale Integrated 100G Ethernet IP for 10x10G and 4x25G

This video demonstrates how using an integrated Ethernet MAC can save power, integration time and logic utilization while delivering the highest possible flexibility. The UltraScale™ Integrated 100G Ethernet IP supports both CAUI-4 and CAUI-10 interfaces to CFP, CFP2, CFP4 and other pluggable optics. As shown in this video, the IP can easily and dynamically swap between interfaces.

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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.

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.

Hardware/Software Co-Verification of ARM Processor-Based Designs

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Lauro Rizzatti of EvE about the latest in emulation technology and explains how you can use emulation to dramatically accelerate software development, which is becoming the most time-consuming part of SoC design.

Agile Mixed Signal Addresses Analog Design Challenges

Xilinx's Agile Mixed Signal technology offers a better way to scale and customize common analog interfaces requirements.

Targeting Zynq Using Vivado IP Integrator

Learn how Vivado® IP Integrator can be used to rapidly configure a Zynq® processor and connect it via AXI4 to a video accelerator running in the programmable fabric of the device. Using built in board aware design rule checks and designer automation, Vivado can greatly improve user productivity.

Advanced Smart Display Solutions

In today's mobile designs, displays are one of the most important components in differentiating your product. As a result, more people are designing high-resolution displays into mobile devices. But, adding a high-res display to your design can be a complex task. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia chats with Pavel Klinger (GLOBALFOUNDRIES) about GLOBALFOUNDRIES' solutions for the new generation of high-resolution smartphone displays.

PowerPC to MIPS® Architecture Migration Guide (REVISED)

Software investment is the biggest ticket item in any project. Hence it is important to choose an instruction set architecture (ISA) that offers a truly scalable solution for future development. To address various embedded market segments, MIPS Technologies offers distinct, binary-compatible families of processor cores that span applications from 32-bit microcontrollers all the way to 64-bit multi-threaded, superscalar many-core processors for networking infrastructure, and numerous digital consumer markets in between. Since one can seamlessly scale the performance range between a wide array of processors, the MIPS® architecture offers an ideal path for protecting software investment on a new design or a follow-on/upgrade to an existing project. This paper illustrates the ease of migration from the Power to MIPS architecture, and highlights the areas that users need to focus on during this process.

Integrated Design Environment for FPGA

Do you find that FPGA design flows can get a bit confusing and difficult to manage? What we really need is an integrated design environment that will help us keep our design activities organized. In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Satyam Jani from Aldec about integrated design environments (IDEs) for FPGA design, why FPGA designers need a vendor-independent IDE, and how an FPGA-centric IDE can help us get through our design flow quite a bit more easily.

10GBASE-KR IP Protocol Conformance With Virtex®-7 FPGAs

7 series 10GBASE-KR LogiCore™ IP have achieved 100% protocol conformance to the 10GBASE-KR standard. In this video you'll see a 10 Gigabit Ethernet MAC with frame generator connected to the 10GBASE-KR PHY IP, operating over a backplane environment.

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.

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.

Smart, Scalable Debugging with ZeBu

Modern SOC realization requires a development effort beyond that of traditional hardware verification. Creating a complete application-ready SOC platform now includes pre-tapeout software validation and hardware/software co-verification using full-chip RTL models. These billion-cycle scenarios are often beyond the scope of HDL simulation, but are ideal for emulation using EVE’s ZeBu hardware-assisted verification platforms.

Xilinx FPGAs in Portable Ultrasound Systems

There has long been a need for portable ultrasound systems that have good resolution at affordable cost points. Portable systems enable health care providers to use ultrasound in remote locations such as disaster zones, developing regions, and battlefields, where it was not previously practical to do so.

Designing with SmartFusion Intelligent Mixed Signal FPGAs

Watch this short video introducing the software tools and design flows for implementing SmartFusion™ intelligent mixed signal flash FPGA designs, including devices, hardware kits and ecosystem to get you started.

Design Made Easy With Mixed-Signal FPGAs and State of the Art Software Tools

This paper examines the evolution path for FPGAs with embedded processors, and the design tools that support them, and considers whether engineers need to evolve their techniques to accommodate the integrated silicon or whether they can continue to manage their boundaries at the silicon level instead of the board level. New techniques are available in the embedded mixed‐signal FPGA design flow, but do they smooth the adoption of a fully integrated device? Find out by reading the White Paper.

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.

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.


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