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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.

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.

MathWorks Connects to Hardware

The Maker movement is exploding right now, and most of the cool projects require doing some math. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Amnon Gai of The MathWorks about using the powerful capabilities of MATLAB and Simulink in anything from your next maker hobby project to full-blown industrial designs.

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.

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.

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.

How the Productivity Advantages of High-Level Synthesis Can Improve IP Design, Verification, and Reuse

Engineering teams are under more pressure than ever before as SoCs grow more complex and design schedules become increasingly tighter. With its productivity advantages, high-level synthesis (HLS) has long been touted as part of the solution, but its sweet spot has traditionally been limited to datapath-centric blocks. Moreover, design productivity is only one part of the equation. Verification is often an even bigger hurdle. This paper discusses how HLS can be used to improve the design, verification, and reuse of intellectual property (IP). The paper also introduces a new HLS tool that provides excellent power, performance, and area (PPA) results across the digital design space.

Shaving Weeks Off PCB Design Cycle Via Auto-Routing

To keep up with product refresh cycles as well as quality expectations, the Polycom hardware team decided it was time to move to auto-routing of their PCB boards, using tools including OrCAD Capture CIS for schematic design entry and synchronization/validation of parts data, Allegro PCB Designer for constraint-driven design, and Allegro PCB Router for auto-routing.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

What’s New in OrCAD PCB Editor 16.6

In this webcast Rocco Calvello, demonstrates the new features in version 16.6 of OrCAD PCB Editor. Rocco covers four major areas: operating system support, productivity enhancements, route interconnect optimization, DFM, and database & interface enhancements. Many of the productivity enhancements Rocco explains also have short demos so you can see them in action.

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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.

Digital Predistortion for Base Station Power Amplifiers

In this episode of our new Chalk TalkHD series, Amelia Dalton talks to Todd Nelson from Linear Technology about how digital predistortion (DPD) can be used to save millions of dollars worth of power in base station designs. DPD is simple to apply, and has a dramatic impact on the power amplifier - the most power-hungry part of modern base stations. In this Chalk TalkHD you'll hear how DPD works and how you can apply it to your next design.

Verify Design Performance with PADS Best-in-Class Simulation and Analysis

It really isn't important to simulate your PCB design - as long as you don't care about re-spins, signal integrity, cost... OK, actually, there are many good reasons to simulate your board. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Jim Martens of Mentor Graphics about simulating your board design using PADS. It may make you re-think your board design strategy.

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.

Maximizing Battery Life with TI's Wolverine Technology

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Ryan Hoium (Texas Instruments) about about TI’s revolutionary Wolverine technology and a new series of ultra-low power MCUs that will change the way we think about batteries in our embedded designs.

High-Reliability in FPGA Design - SEU Mitigation

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

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.

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.

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Cognitive Layering Technique for Low-Energy, Sensor-Rich Devices

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, Chris Rowan talks about techniques for optimizing power in sensor-based IoT devices and always-on subsystems.

Using the ARM AMBA Protocol

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, Avi Behar follows up on his earlier video on the ARM® AMBA® protocol family. Watch this video for a deep dive on each of the protocols in the ARM AMBA family to learn how they are commonly used.

Xylon: Face detection C-callable RTL IP with MicroZed vision kit

Xylon demonstrates face detection C-callable RTL IP with the MicroZed kit at Embedded World 2015

SDSoC Development Environment Demo

This video demonstrates how to create a simple image processing pipeline to detect motion, and to insert motion-edges into a live HD 1080p video stream running at 60 frames per second.

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.

Shaving Weeks Off PCB Design Cycle Via Auto-Routing

To keep up with product refresh cycles as well as quality expectations, the Polycom hardware team decided it was time to move to auto-routing of their PCB boards, using tools including OrCAD Capture CIS for schematic design entry and synchronization/validation of parts data, Allegro PCB Designer for constraint-driven design, and Allegro PCB Router for auto-routing.

SDSoc Development Environment Backgrounder

This backgrounder describes the features and benefits of the SDSoC™ Development Environment. The SDSoC development environment provides a greatly simplified ASSP-like C/C++ programming experience including an easy to use an Eclipse IDE and a comprehensive design environment for heterogeneous Zynq® All Programmable SoC and MPSoC deployment. Complete with the industry’s first C/C++ full-system optimizing compiler, SDSoC delivers system level profiling, automated software acceleration in programmable logic, automated system connectivity generation, and libraries to speed programming. It also enables end user and 3rd party platform developers to rapidly define, integrate, and verify system level solutions and enable their end customers with a customized programming environment.

Introducing the SDSoC Development Environment

The SDSoC™ development environment provides a greatly simplified ASSP-like C/C++ programming experience including an easy to use Eclipse IDE and a comprehensive design environment for heterogeneous Zynq® All Programmable SoC and MPSoC deployment.

Major Enhancements of the PCIe Gen 4 Specification

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, Sandeep Brahmadathan talks about the latest enhancements of PCI Express (PCIe) Gen 4 and how these enhancements address the goals of increased bandwidth while maintaining software compatibility and keeping power consumption and implementation costs down.

How the Productivity Advantages of High-Level Synthesis Can Improve IP Design, Verification, and Reuse

Engineering teams are under more pressure than ever before as SoCs grow more complex and design schedules become increasingly tighter. With its productivity advantages, high-level synthesis (HLS) has long been touted as part of the solution, but its sweet spot has traditionally been limited to datapath-centric blocks. Moreover, design productivity is only one part of the equation. Verification is often an even bigger hurdle. This paper discusses how HLS can be used to improve the design, verification, and reuse of intellectual property (IP). The paper also introduces a new HLS tool that provides excellent power, performance, and area (PPA) results across the digital design space.

Blu Wireless Boosts SystemC Design and Verification Productivity Using High-Level Synthesis Technology

As SoCs continue to grow in size and complexity, the SystemC design language has emerged as an effective means of design verification. High-level synthesis (HLS), in turn, is proving to be an ideal methodology to increase SystemC design and verification productivity. This paper presents a case study of how Blu Wireless Technology ramped up quickly with a working prototype of its WiGig millimeter wave baseband technology via a streamlined design and verification process based on SystemC and HLS.

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4X Faster Timing Closure on Memory Subsystems with Allegro TimingVision Environment

Routing boards with high-speed interfaces had been a time-consuming, manual process at Cavium. To alleviate scheduling pressures without sacrificing quality of their multi-layer boards, the San Jose, CA, semiconductor company automated the process with the Cadence® Allegro® TimingVision environment. In this 3-minute video, Bill Munroe, principal PCB designer in the company's Post-Silicon Group, talks about how the technology helped his team achieve 4X faster timing closure on DDR3 and DDR4 memory subsystems.

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.

Infotainment Companion Chip Development Platform Demo

Davor Kovacec, CEO of Xylon, demonstrates a flexible host-interfacing platform. Co-developed with Xilinx Premiere Alliance Member Xylon, the Spartan-6 FPGA Infotainment Companion Chip Targeted Design Platform enables flexible interfacing on a rapid development cycle.

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.

Introduction to SmartFusion Intelligent Mixed Signal FPGAs

This short video gives an overview of the SmartFusion™ intelligent mixed signal FPGAs introduced, including the microcontroller subsystem (MSS), analog compute engine (ACE) and FPGA.

Setting and Editing Device Properties in Vivado

Learn how to use the new configuration dialog to set and edit device properties. Understand and utilize the configuration dialog for setting and editing device properties.

Accelerate LTE Basestation Design and Development

Significantly reduce system cost, power dissipation, and form factor in eNodeB design with the LTE Baseband Targeted Design Platformintegrated with Wintegra Winpath-3 networking and MAC to form a full eNodeB on a single width AMC card.

Solutions for Mixed-Signal SoC Verification Using Real Number Models

As old methods fall short, new techniques make advanced SoC verification possible. This paper presents mixed-signal block and IC-level verification methodologies using analog behavioral modeling and combined analog and digital solvers. It then describes analog real number modeling (RNM) and how it is used in top-level SoC verification.

Why Do I Need a Customizable ARM-based SoC?

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Todd Koelling of Altera about what’s inside these new SoC FPGAs and how you can get started designing with them.

Intelligent Power Management with SmartFusion Intelligent Mixed Signal FPGA

The Mixed Signal Power Manager (MPM) reference design delivers flexible power management configured using the standalone MPM PC GUI tool to bear on power sequencing and management.

Video Surveillance

In this video, Xilinx senior product line manager Joe Mallett shows how a mix of software and dedicated hardware in the Spartan allows an HD signal to be processed in real time, utilizing both VGA and QVGA formats.

How to Effectively Manage Timing of FPGA Design Flow

When combined with advances in FPGA technologies for interface design efforts, EMA TimingDesigner can simplify design issues and provide advanced accurate control of virtually any interface. From simple SRAM interface protocols to high-speed source synchronous interface protocols, TimingDesigner allows designers to identify potential timing problems early in the design process and thereby providing the greatest opportunity to get the timing right the first time. This white paper will show you how to effectively integrate TimingDesigner with Xilinx and Altera Development Systems.

Advanced Layout & Routing Techniques

Get an update from PCB Layout as this presentation walks through the latest techniques to help tackle your tough PCB design challenges. It will cover constraint management, advanced multi-signal routing, DDR implementation, automated placement & reuse, and more. View if you want learn how you can save time and reduce errors during PCB layout.

Wireless Transceiver Implementations

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays installment, Priyank Shukla highlights wireless transceivers and protocol standards 802.11x and LTE/LTE-A. Wireless transceiver implementation options consisting of RF, Analog Front-End (AFE), and Digital components are examined.

Lowering Power at 28nm with Xilinx 7 Series FPGAs

This white paper describes several aspects of power related to the Xilinx® 28nm 7 series FPGAs, including the TSMC 28nm high-k metal gate (HKMG), high performance, low power (28nm HPLor 28 HPL) process choice. The power benefits afforded by the 28 HPL process and its usefulness across Xilinx's full product offerings is described as well as the architectural innovations and features for power reduction across the dimensions of static power, dynamic power, and I/O power.

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