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New Approaches to Hardware Acceleration Using Ultra Low Density FPGAs

Ask system designers to list the problems they face – it doesn’t matter whether they’re building mobile consumer, automotive, industrial, medical or scientific applications – and inevitably they’ll mention optimizing host processor performance. It’s hardly surprising. The event-driven architecture of these MPUs allows them to multitask and address new priorities as they occur. But as the number of I/O continues to rise, it also places escalating demand on bandwidth. Tasked with managing a wider array of I/O as well as other system-wide command and control functions, today’s host MPUs must remain operational for longer periods of time, thereby consuming precious power and compute resources.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

It's an Analog World After All

It's an analog world out there. And, while most microcontrollers offer terrific features in the digital and software domain, Microchip has a new family of MCUs with Intelligent Analog capabilities that can make a huge difference in connecting your design to the real world. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to Alexis Alcott of Microchip about harnessing the power of Intelligent Analog in MCU design.

Productivity Enhancements in OrCAD PCB Editor

This short video provides a compilation of recent productivity improvements added to OrCAD PCB Editor such as 3D Viewing, Multi Trace Routing, Arc Editing, and more.

Intelligently Expanding Microprocessor Connectivity Using Low-cost FPGAs

Whether they be CPUs, microprocessors or microcontrollers, microprocessors are an indispensable component in modern electronic system design. However, as systems become more complex and host a wider array of features and user interfaces, system architects using mid-range microprocessors in particular typically face three key challenges connecting the microprocessor, or microprocessors, they are using to the rest of their system: implementing more than 150 general purpose I/Os (GPIO), finding cost effective solutions in the 100 to 150 GPIO range, and matching available I/O peripherals with system needs.

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.

Overcome the Challenges of Highly Constrained Designs

Many of today's high-performance board designs have complex timing constraints, and meeting all those constraints can be a significant design challenge. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Jim Martens of Mentor Graphics about advanced design techniques with PADS that will help get you to design closure faster and with fewer headaches on complex, highly-constrained boards.

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.

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.

Intelligent PDF Generation

Often times it is necessary to share design information with other project members or partners who may not have access to a schematic capture tool or who you don’t want to have access to your design database. Creating a PDF is a perfect solution for this matter. Learn about how this new free OrCAD app enables you to create intelligent searchable PDFs.

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.

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.

Developing Clean Efficient Power with LLC Resonant Converters with Infineon

Ready to get your black belt in DC power conversion? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Sam Abdel-Rahman of Infineon about how to make a versatile, high-efficiency, LLC resonant mode power converter. So, buckle up, hit play, and get your DC on!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Battery Management Solutions

Designing battery-powered systems can be challenging. In addition to power and form-factor considerations, today's batteries require sophisticated charging and monitoring for maximum safety, life, and performance. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Richard DelRossi of Texas Instruments about battery management solutions that can dramatically simplify your next battery-powered design while adding important monitoring capabilities to your device.

Powering Stratix V FPGAs (Made Easy)

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

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.

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.

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.

Simplifying Industrial Ethernet Design

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Suhel Dhanani of Altera about the who, what, and how of industrial ethernet design.

FPGA Prototyping with the Kintex-7 KC705 Evaluation Kit

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Evan Leal of Xilinx about their new Kintex-7 KC705 Evaluation Kit, all the cool stuff that’s included and how we can use it to speed up our FPGA Prototyping.

Timing Closure Made Easier with Stylus

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats Andy Caldwell (Tabula) about putting an end to the oppressive reign of timing closure terror. Tabula’s Spacetime architecture - it turns out - besides giving us crazy performance for our high-bandwidth designs - also makes timing closure drop-dead easy.

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PCIe Controller Solution

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, Sandeep Brahmadathan breaks down Cadence's high-performance, low-latency controller solution for PCI Express (PCIe).

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.

Productivity Enhancements in OrCAD PCB Editor

This short video provides a compilation of recent productivity improvements added to OrCAD PCB Editor such as 3D Viewing, Multi Trace Routing, Arc Editing, and more.

Intelligent PDF Generation

Often times it is necessary to share design information with other project members or partners who may not have access to a schematic capture tool or who you don’t want to have access to your design database. Creating a PDF is a perfect solution for this matter. Learn about how this new free OrCAD app enables you to create intelligent searchable PDFs.

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.

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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.

Verification Made Easy with Memory Models

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesday video, Tom Hackett explains memory models and their role in verifying memory interfaces in today's SoCs. He'll explain the differences betweeen memory models and simulation VIP, and talk about how they can help make verification a little easier. Learn more about Cadence IP at http://ip.cadence.com.

Xilinx at NAB 2014 | OmniTek OZ 745

Michael Hodson, President of OmniTek, demonstrates their Scalable Video Pipeline and the Real-time Video Engine OZ 745 development platform which is based on the Zynq® 7045 AP SoC.

Implementing a Secure Boot with a Microsemi IGLOO2 FPGA

IGLOO®2 devices have a range of differentiated security features, including a secure boot feature, which verifies that the boot code used to ‘bring-up’ an embedded system is authorized to run on the target processor. Without this check of the MCU, a malicious intruder can compromise the entire system. This paper outlines the dangers of poor system security and illustrates how implementing a secure boot can dramatically increase the security of embedded systems. It also shows how secure boot may be included for free, since IGLOO2 FPGAs are used to implement many common embedded functions other than security.

Secure Foundations

In a world where attacks on electronic systems can be conducted remotely, security is a vital component of system design. Even systems that do not have to store personal or commercially confidential data now have to be designed with security in mind to prevent their core intellectual property (IP) from being copied and reused illegally. In these examples, we can see the two elements of electronic system security: design security and data security. Increasingly, the two depend on each other.

Battery Management Solutions

Designing battery-powered systems can be challenging. In addition to power and form-factor considerations, today's batteries require sophisticated charging and monitoring for maximum safety, life, and performance. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Richard DelRossi of Texas Instruments about battery management solutions that can dramatically simplify your next battery-powered design while adding important monitoring capabilities to your device.

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.

Improving Hardware Verification with Accelerated Verification IP (VIP)

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, Tom Hackett talks about Accelerated Verification IP (VIP) and how it makes hardware verification more efficient and productive.

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.

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.

Avnet Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC / AD9361 Software-Defined Radio Systems Development Kit

This video provides an introduction to the Zynq®-7000 All Programmable SoCs / AD9361 SDR System Development Kit. The kit provides a development platform that can be used to evaluate, prototype and accelerate the development of cognitive radio and wireless small cell applications on the Zynq-7000 family of devices and the ADI AD9361 RF Agile Transceiver. The Zynq family provides an ideal hardware solution for SDR applications that demand high performance, re-configurability and low power.

Taking Command of MIPI PHYs—M-PHY

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, the second installment of a three-part series, Kevin Yee continues his discussion on "taking command" of MIPI PHYs. Here, Kevin discusses M-PHY, its architecture, and the protocol's functionality in mobile devices.

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.

Powering Stratix V FPGAs (Made Easy)

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

Smarter Solutions for Wireless Networks

Chief DSP Architect—Chris Dick—Describes some of the biggest challenges facing the mobile industry today and how customers address it with Xilinx's All Programmable devices.

How to Design a Sigma Delta Mixer Circuit

In parts 1 & 2 of this 3-part Chalk Talk series, we talked about how Triad Semiconductor can save you 75%, or even as much as 99% in your next mixed-signal ASIC design. But, what good is savings if you don't know what you can design with it? In this third episode of our 3-part Chalk Talk series, Amelia and Reid Wender of Triad Semiconductor have fun taking ViaDesigner out for a spin - designing a sigma delta mixer.

Lattice Saves Millions, Avoids Respins and Product Delays with Sigrity Tools

Lattice is a global leader in delivering ultra-low power FPGAs for manufacturers of smartphones, small cell networking equipment, and industrial applications. For its customer base, fast time to market, low power, and low cost are important considerations. In this video, Maryam Shahbazi of Lattice's Systems Development Group talks about how the company relies on Cadence® Sigrity™ tools to model its power delivery network, solve power integrity issues, and improve voltage margins.

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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