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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.

Enabling High-Speed Radio Designs With Xilinx All Programmable FPGAs and SoCs

This white paper describes the capabilities of Xilinx® 7 series All Programmable FPGAs and SoCs to implement high-clock-rate signal processing functionality typically used by the datapath of digital radio applications.

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.

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.

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.

Routing Interfaces Quickly & Efficiently on PCBs

In today's PCB designs, interfaces such as DDR pose major challenges for layout. Issues like timing and signal integrity can be tricky for even the most experienced designer. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Hemant Shah of Cadence Design Systems about routing those tricky bits using a combination of automatic and manual routing techniques.

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.

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.

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.

Signoff-Driven Timing Closure ECO in the Synopsys Galaxy Platform

Increasing design complexities and the rapidly increasing number of scenarios impede the timing closure process. ECO techniques that have good single-pass fix rates can reduce the number of iterations through the extraction, implementation, and final signoff loop for fastest timing closure.

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.

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.

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.

DDR Training Modes

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, Jeffrey Chung discusses the various training modes within the DDR interface. Watch to learn more about how these training modes can optimize timing.

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.

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.

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.

Industrial Temperature Measurement Solutions

Many industrial designs need data from sensors such as temperature probes. But, getting from the analog world of probe signals to the digital world where the magic happens can be a tedious and tricky process. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Sean Long of Maxim Integrated about an easy way to connect up sensors such as temperature probes in your next industrial design.

Wireless Base Station ZUC Block Cipher Implementation on Zynq SoCs

The Xilinx Zynq®-7000 All Programmable SoC provides a flexible platform that offers programmability for evolving technologies like LTE and new standards including, but not limited to, the ZUC algorithm. This white paper illustrates the advantages of the Zynq SoC-based design methodology using the Vivado® Design Suite, which facilitates an optimal hardware/software partitioning of the system functionality for better performance.

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.

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.

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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.

It's 2022: Do You Know What Your FPGA Is?

Does the definition of "FPGA" seem like a moving target? Over the past few years, there has been phenomenal progress in FPGA technology - going from simple glue logic to impressive programmable systems-on-chip. Today's FPGAs are some of the most powerful and flexible devices ever built. But, what will your FPGA look like ten years from now? In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia Dalton chats with Umar Mughal of Altera about the past, present, and future of this exciting technology.

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.

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.

Routing Interfaces Quickly & Efficiently on PCBs

In today's PCB designs, interfaces such as DDR pose major challenges for layout. Issues like timing and signal integrity can be tricky for even the most experienced designer. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Hemant Shah of Cadence Design Systems about routing those tricky bits using a combination of automatic and manual routing techniques.

The Power of Tcl in PlanAhead

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Tori Darien from Xilinx about using Tcl in Xilinx’s PlanAhead tool for FPGA design. Amelia throws her some examples, and Tori walks us through how to work them using PlanAhead’s Tcl interface.

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.

Vault-Driven Electronics Design

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Ben Jordan of Altium about how to set up a robust design-for-re-use design methodology for your team that will flow nicely with your project, won’t take much effort to set up, and will bring BIG TIME long-term benefits of design re-use, configuration management, and manufacturing handoff.

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Configurable 10/40G Ethernet Solution

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, Arthur Marris discusses configurable options for Cadence 10/40G Ethernet MAC, integrated PCS, and SerDes IP.

Flexible Design Reuse and Replication for PCB Editor

As PCB Designs become more complex and project timelines more compressed, it is important to identify opportunities to enhance design processes. See a quick introduction to CircuitSpace and learn how this productivity tool can help you reduces PCB layout time by up to 50%.

Automated Impedance and Coupling Checks

Cadence Sigrity Technologies provide the signal integrity and power analysis solutions needed for system-level verification and interface compliance so you can sign off in confidence. In this video you will learn how Sigrity makes it easy to quickly run Impedance and coupling checks on your design to identify areas of concern. In this example OrCAD PCB Editor was used as his tool of choice but the options are not limited to that. No models needed!

How to Automatically Replace LEF Abstracts with GDS IP

Physical Verification or other downstream analysis flow of P&R design data which only includes routing layers can miss issues caused by the current device level IP which is only represented by LEF abstracts. However, replacing the LEF IP abstracts with the current GDS version provided by layout teams can easily be merged with the DEF routing information and output to disk or in memory during Calibre Physical verification. This video steps through an example showing how to run this Calibre utility to merge the GDS data with DEF.

How to Waive DRC Results Using Calibre RVE

This video will show you how to waive some violations using Calibre RVE and re-use the waivers' information in the new set of results.

DDR Training Modes

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, Jeffrey Chung discusses the various training modes within the DDR interface. Watch to learn more about how these training modes can optimize timing.

Multi-Board Electrical and Thermal Co-Simulation Using PowerDC

Cadence Sigrity PowerDC allows the users to predict the correct DC voltage drop based on the operating temperature of that region of the electronic product's printed circuit board. This demo will show you how to use PowerDC to do multi-board electrical and thermal co-simulation.

TimingDesigner: Complex Diagrams

This video showcases TimingDesigner capabilities, especially for building complex diagrams. It will cover derived clocks, derived signals, and differentially ended signals which will include state decodes, measure events, guarantees and skews. Lastly it will cover complex diagram capabilities in the parameter spreadsheet.

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.

How to easily setup Calibre in Virtuoso for multiple cell windows

This video shows how to setup Calibre Interactive to quickly select from multiple cells open in Virtuoso. Previously there was not a convenient way to setup Calibre Interactive when you wanted to run Calibre in different cells that are simultaneously open in the same Cadence session but now the Layout Cell Browser capability in Calibre Interactive provides an easy and convenient way to select from multiple cells open in Virtuoso.

How to Debug Double Patterning results using Calibre RealTime

This video shows how to easily debug Double Patterning results in Calibre RealTime by using the CTO file to assign different highlight colors to the warning and conflict ring results and to the mask1 and mask2 output layers.

Choosing the Right NAND Flash Solution

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, Lou Ternullo walks you through the steps to select the right NAND Flash solution and ensure it meets the requirements of your design.

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Achieving SerDes Interoperability on Altera’s 28nm FPGAs Using Introspect ESP

Introspect Technology has implemented its award-winning Introspect ESP embedded signal integrity analyzer on Altera’s high-end 28nm transceiver FPGAs. The result was a game-changing ability to achieve link optimization and interoperability on complex system boards containing a multitude of SerDes links. This white paper describes the various Introspect and Altera® technologies involved and illustrates, with real-life examples, the ability to self-measure, self-optimize, and self-repair SerDes links and systems.

Unlock New Levels of Productivity for Your Design Using ISE Design Suite 12

In addition to the anticipated performance improvements commensurate with the production release of a Xilinx tool suite, the release of ISE v12 software unveils significant innovations with far-reaching potential. A new power-optimization capability called intelligent clock gating can reduce dynamic power by up to 30%. An innovation called design preservation vastly improves the user’s ability to achieve and maintain timing closure and design repeatability.

Virtex-6 HXT FPGA 100G CFP Demonstration

Anthony Torza, Sr. Technical Marketing Manager of Serial Transceivers at Xilinx, demonstrates a Virtex-6 HXT FPGA interoperating with Finisar 100G form-factor pluggable (CFP) optics.

Next Generation System Validation Using Transactors

Using an emulator for ASIC verification holds the promise of extremely high execution speed, enabling the validation of system-level scenarios that are unthinkable with simulation farms. With MHz speeds, today’s fast emulators can crunch enough cycles to run entire software application stacks on top of an SOC and truly perform hardware software co-verification. However, having a fast and accurate model of the ASIC solves only half of the problem. Without the corresponding system-level environment to drive the design, that potential is wasted.

Hardware in the Loop from the MATLAB/Simulink Environment

This white paper describes the tools, design flow, and verification of systems using Altera(r) FPGAs. It discusses the techniques of software simulation and hardware testing, and the challenges associated with them. This paper also describes the advantages of using the Hardware in the Loop (HIL) tool, which is part of Altera's software tools, to simplify software simulation and hardware testing in a variety of applications.

Fast, Efficient RTL Debug for Programmable Logic Designs

In a typical FPGA design flow, most designers work from a written specification that contains architectural level drawings defining the major logic blocks, interfaces, and busses. The design manager begins to partition functionality based on the diagrams and to assign development based on the block’s functional descriptions. Each block is coded individually and may be simulated in a block-specific test bench. The team assembles the blocks into a device-level file where the ports are pins on the target device. The design is then ready to be compiled for simulation initiating the debug phase of development: Simulation followed by hardware debug.

IP Integrator Advanced User Tips

Learn about Vivado® IP Integrator advanced user tips including: options for automatically zooming and making selections, searching for objects in a diagram, creating hierarchy, adding comments to a diagram, using layers and changing default colors on interfaces.

Xilinx Virtex-6 FPGAs - 1.170Tbps throughput

Consuming 50% lower power and delivering 20% lower cost than the previous generation, the new family is built with the right mix of programmability, integrated blocks for DSP, memory, and connectivity support. Virtex®-6 FPGAs are in production now. What are you waiting for?

City Semiconductor—Cadence Hosted Design Solutions Helps Tapeout Analog-to-Digital Converter

Chris Menkus, Founder and CEO, City Semiconductor, outlines the benefits of using the solid support and collaboration technology found in Cadence(r) Hosted Design Solutions’ environment to create their new high-speed 12-bit Analog to Digital Converter.

ZeBu™: A Unified Verification Approach for Hardware Designers and Embedded Software Developers

Moore’s law continues to drive both chip complexity and performance to new highs every year, and continues to stress and periodically “break” existing design flows. Fortunately for EDA users, the same shrinking geometries that make their design problems tougher are also helping to improve the performance for their EDA tools.

Accelerate Your Video Processing Application Using Reference Designs

Wouldn´t you like an integrated solution that makes developing broadcast infrastructure equipment easier and faster? Watch this new 9-minute video to learn about two development kits and reference designs that do just this.

Learn to Design at MachXO2 Speed!

The MachXO2 family of programmable logic devices is optimized for low density applications, with an unprecedented mix of low cost, low power and high system integration. Now, with 10 new reference and demo designs, you can complete your design faster than ever. Check out our new live seminars.

Addressing 100-GbE Line-Card Design Challenges on 28nm FPGAs (REVISED)

As various standard bodies finalize their 100G standards for transport, Ethernet, and optical interfaces, FPGAs play a vital role for early adopters of technology who want to design 100G production systems. Because of this, service providers are looking at emerging 40-GbE/100-GbE standards for their next-generation line card options. Altera’s Stratix V FPGAs solve the bandwidth problem by providing integrated 12.5-Gbps transceivers with hardened 100G PCS functions on the 28-nm technology node.

Extending Transceiver Leadership at 28nm

Efficiently supporting ever-increasing system bandwidth needs by attaining higher data rates and achieving greater integration is becoming an ever-greater challenge. This paper is an architectural exploration of SERDES challenges and solutions for 12.5-Gbps backplanes and next-generation optical modules at 28 Gbps. It describes the direction of the 10- to 28-Gbps transceiver industry, highlights challenges, and introduces 28-nm silicon and productivity solutions that address these challenges.

IP and Process Solutions for Energy-efficient PMICs

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Ravi Mahatme from ARM and King Ou from GLOBALFOUNDRIES about how IP and process solutions can help solve our power management problems.

Xilinx Broadest Cost Effective All Programmable Low-end Portfolio

This generation of all programmable, cost-sensitive applications has reached new levels of sophistication and diversity of requirements. Low cost systems in the consumer, automotive, industrial, medical, and communications space may need a programmable logic device with high serial bandwidth, or for advanced processing, or may simply need bridging functionality and little else. Commonly termed the “low-end” market due to the devices’ relatively low cost and density, these platforms provide varying levels of system integration, performance, and power. They may perform critical tasks such as video analytics or packet processing, or simply expand a system’s I/O connectivity to peripheral devices.

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.


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