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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.

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.

Five Ways to Build Flexibility into Industrial Applications with FPGAs

System complexity continues to increase in industrial designs such as communications, motor control, I/O modules and image processing. Read how FPGAs offer the ability to integrate an entire SoC at a lower cost compared to discrete MCU, DSP, ASSP, or ASIC solutions. Whether used as a coprocessor or SoC, FPGAs offer the following advantages for your industrial applications: · Design integration to simplify and reduce cost · Reprogrammability to adapt industrial designs to evolving protocols · Performance scaling to meet your system requirements. · Obsolescence protection through long FPGA life cycles and device migration

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Graphics Rendering and Video Processing with Altera SoC and Helio View Dev Kit

For performance-critical applications like graphics and video rendering, the partitioning between software and hardware can be a pivotal decision. Today, exciting new devices allow us to make and evaluate those tradeoffs more easily than ever. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to Troy Jones (Macnica Americas) and Todd Koelling (Altera) about creating video and graphics applications using the Helio View development board with Altera SoC FPGAs.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

The Hardware Prototype Arrives -- Find Design Errors Fast and Improve Design Quality

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Bob Potock (Kozio) about how you can save yourself a bunch of headaches at prototype time and how Kozio’s VTOS (Verification and Test Operating System) can solve all of your embedded design prototyping problems.

It's the Software, Silly! - Success with FPGA-based Prototyping

Software is becoming a larger and larger part of our system-on-chip (SoC) designs. It is critical that we be able to begin developing and debugging software as early as possible in the design cycle. But, the hardware part of today's complex designs takes months to stabilize. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Juergen Jaeger of Cadence about the tight relationship between software and emulation and how you can achieve success in your SoC design with a comprehensive emulation strategy.

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.

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.

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.

Value of Power Modules

Today, the cool kids aren’t using discrete components for power anymore. Nope. They’re using power modules. In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Rich Nowakowski and Kevin Beals (Texas Instruments) about power modules, and why they’re the best solution for a wide range of design projects.

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.

latest papers and content

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.

3D Design and Viewing = STEP Support

With the PCB Editor’s 3D Viewer, the user can see a true 3D graphical view of the PCB. The capability of including enclosures associated with the board is also provided for positioning and collision detection. See how OrCAD PCB Editor makes that possible and allows you to bridge the gap between ECAD and MCAD with STEP model support.

Verification IP Productivity Tools

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, Tom Hackett talks about Cadence Verification IP (VIP) productivity tools in the VIP catalog. These tools, PureView and TripleCheck, help engineers better match their VIP to their design under test ensuring better verified designs.

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The intelligent clock-gating optimization feature introduced in ISE Design Suite v12 greatly simplifies the effort to reduce dynamic power in FPGA designs. The traditional approach to clock-gating optimization used in ASIC design presupposes an intimate knowledge of the design, thereby virtually precluding optimization of legacy and third-party IP blocks. New tools, new steps, and complex timing analyses are typically required to compensate for the inevitable new “gated clocks” and the changes in logic that are produced.

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Abstract and Conquer: A New Alternative to Hierarchical Timing Analysis

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Five Ways to Build Flexibility into Industrial Applications with FPGAs

System complexity continues to increase in industrial designs such as communications, motor control, I/O modules and image processing. Read how FPGAs offer the ability to integrate an entire SoC at a lower cost compared to discrete MCU, DSP, ASSP, or ASIC solutions. Whether used as a coprocessor or SoC, FPGAs offer the following advantages for your industrial applications: · Design integration to simplify and reduce cost · Reprogrammability to adapt industrial designs to evolving protocols · Performance scaling to meet your system requirements. · Obsolescence protection through long FPGA life cycles and device migration

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Implementing High-Speed DDR3 Memory Controllers in a Mid-Range FPGA

Implementing a high-speed, high-efficiency DDR3 memory controller in a FPGA is a formidable task. Until recently, only a few high-end (read: expensive) FPGAs supported the building blocks needed to interface reliably to high speed DDR3 memory devices. However, a new generation of mid-range FPGAs now provides the building blocks, a high-speed FPGA fabric, clock management resources and the I/O structures needed to implement the next generation DDR3 memory controllers.

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Smarter Networks Backgrounder

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