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SmartFusion2 SoC FPGA Demo: Code Shadowing from SPI Flash to SDR Memory User’s Guide

This demo design shows SmartFusion®2 SoC FPGA device capabilities for code shadowing from serial peripheral interface (SPI) flash memory to single data rate (SDR) synchronous dynamic random access memory (SDRAM) and executing the code from SDR SDRAM. Code shadowing is a booting method that is used to execute an image from external faster volatile memories (DRAM) and is the process of copying the code from nonvolatile memory to volatile memory for execution. In performance critical applications, execution speed can be improved by code shadowing where code is copied to higher throughput RAM for faster execution.

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.

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.

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.

Enabling the Internet of Things: Introducing Atmel SAM D20 Cortex M0+ Family

Your design needs to connect to the Internet of Things (IoT), doesn't it? Connecting your device to the rapidly expanding IoT opens up a wide world of potential new capabilities. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Andreas Eieland (Atmel) about some amazing new devices that can dramatically simplify the task of getting your next design into the IoT party.

Cadence Low Power Solution - RTL to GDSII Low Power Design

Low-power design used to be an afterthought. Today, however, we need to consider power throughout the entire design cycle - from RTL all the way through GDSII. And, we can have significant impact on overall power consumption with optimizations at just about every stage. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Pete Hardee of Cadence about a holistic approach to low-power design.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Leading Up to PCI Express 4.0

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, Moshik Rubin discusses the history of the PCI Express standard. Moshik starts with PCIe Gen1, which originated in 2002, and walks through the doubling of throughput offered by each new generation, ending with PCIe Gen4.

Cadence Tempus Timing Signoff Solution

Achieving timing closure for signoff can be a daunting challenge in today's complex designs. Meeting timing under all conditions - with the certainty required for signoff - is a complex and demanding task. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to Ruben Molina of Cadence Design Systems about the special challenges of signoff timing closure, and Cadence's new Tempus timing analysis tool.

Verifying Solid State Drives Incorporating NVM Express

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesday video, Mukul Dawar explains the NVM Express protocol and considerations to keep in mind when using verification IP to perform functional verification.

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.

Solving the ASIC Prototype Partition Problem with Synopsys ProtoCompiler

When developing a multi-FPGA prototype of an ASIC or SOC, you have many decisions to make: how to distribute clocks; where to put the daughter boards with real-world interfaces; which modules should be assigned to each FPGA; where and how many cables connect the FPGAs; and how to squeeze all the signals into those cables. All these decisions need to result in the fastest possible prototype that you can build and debug in the allotted time. And every week the RTL changes, and sometimes it seems that every decision you make forces you to revisit all the decisions that came before.There is a better way.

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.

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.

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.

Building a New Type of IP Factory

Reliable IP blocks are essential to the success of most modern SoC and custom IC designs. But finding a reliable, reputable source of verified IP can be challenging. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to Kevin Yee (Cadence Design Systems) about Cadence's substantial IP offerings

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.

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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.

Power Supply Management in High-Availability Systems

One of the most basic (and most often overlooked) aspects of high-reliability system design is getting reliable power to all of our components. We need the right kind of power at the right places - at the right times, and in the right order. We need to handle power-up, power-down, and reset cases (among others). It can be really complicated. In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia Dalton chats with Wendy Lockhart of Microsemi about how to handle power management for high-reliability systems.

Adding Wi-Fi to Your FPGA Design - Building a Connected Device

In the first episode of our new Chalk TalkHD series, Amelia Dalton talks to Bob Potock from Altium as they add Wi-Fi to an FPGA-based embedded system.

Smartphone and Tablet Accessory Design

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia Dalton talks to David Flowers from Microchip about creating tablet and smartphone accessories - and how it just may be easier than you think...

Enabling the Internet of Things: Introducing Atmel SAM D20 Cortex M0+ Family

Your design needs to connect to the Internet of Things (IoT), doesn't it? Connecting your device to the rapidly expanding IoT opens up a wide world of potential new capabilities. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Andreas Eieland (Atmel) about some amazing new devices that can dramatically simplify the task of getting your next design into the IoT party.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

Injecting Automation into Verification - Assertions

What we will show in this webinar is how we can leverage Assertions, including the pre-defined, pre-tested OVL libraries, to automate the verification process further. What we will also show is the way in which the Assertion Manager will create pre-configured checkers as well as how to debug the results of an assertion failing. As the monitoring of the Assertions is done fully automatically by the simulator this further reduces the load of the engineer during verification and regression.

Strategies to Develop Secure and Robust Embedded Devices

Learn a pragmatic approach to configuring a heterogeneous multicore ARM® device built with ARM TrustZone™ technology and trade-offs of various implementations.

Verifying Solid State Drives Incorporating NVM Express

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesday video, Mukul Dawar explains the NVM Express protocol and considerations to keep in mind when using verification IP to perform functional verification.

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.

15Gb/s HMC Interface for UltraScale Devices

Watch a demonstration of the industry's first 15Gb/s HMC interface by Xilinx and Pico Computing at the International Supercomputing Conference.

Xilinx and Open-Silicon HMC Memory Solution

Watch a demonstration of the industry's first available 12.5 Gb/s Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC) interface using the Xilinx Virtex®-7 FPGA. See how this solution provides superior memory bandwidth for your application using HMC technology, Virtex-7 FPGA, and Open-Silicon IP.

Leading Up to PCI Express 4.0

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, Moshik Rubin discusses the history of the PCI Express standard. Moshik starts with PCIe Gen1, which originated in 2002, and walks through the doubling of throughput offered by each new generation, ending with PCIe Gen4.

Selecting an Operating System (OS) for Embedded Application

It seems these days, just about every embedded system has some type of operating system. And there are more options today as to which OS to choose. Is open source your best choice? What about a free RTOS? In this paper, learn the pros and cons of the many OS options available today and how to select the right OS for your next embedded project.

Navigating the FDA Approval Process for Your Software Based Medical Device

Understand how to get your product to market within product launch schedules. Review challenges companies face as they seek FDA approval and review guidance and resources to assist with successfully navigating the approval process. Learn about a number of important areas including premarket submissions, documentation, verification and validation (V&V), user experience and human factors design, and cybersecurity.  Presented by Steve Robertson with Mentor Graphics Embedded Software.  

Using USB IP Controllers in Today's Devices

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, Jacek Duda follows up on his earlier video focused on USB performance and now takes a closer look at USB IP controllers and their roles in today's devices.

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Optimizing Performance, Power, and Area in SoC Designs Using MIPS® Multi-threaded Processors

Hardware-based multi-threading technology has for some time been known in the industry as a feasible technique for improving system performance, but not too many people are aware of just how much traction the technology has gained since its early implementations in the 1960s. This article provides a brief history of hardware based multi-threading and some examples of its commercial adoption so far. It then gives an overview of the fundamental value of multi-threading in hardware, and describes MIPS Technologies’ multi-threading architecture and product offerings. The article also provides several multi-threaded application examples—including those in the areas of driver assistance systems and home gateways—to demonstrate the broad applicability of multi-threading in real-world applications.

Implementing Efficient Low-Power PCIe Interfaces with Low-Cost FPGAs

A history of architectural and process advancements has enabled Altera® Cyclone® V FPGAs to be used in numerous low-cost and low-power applications in the industrial, automotive, military, communication and consumer markets, among others. This white paper outlines a real-life PCI Express® (PCIe®) Gen1x4 reference design including a DDR3 memory controller. It shows just how effective Cyclone V FPGAs are in minimizing total system cost while achieving performance and power targets.

Radar Processing: FPGAs or GPUs?

While general-purpose graphics processing units (GP-GPUs) offer high rates of peak floating-point operations per second (FLOPs), FPGAs now offer competing levels of floating-point processing. Moreover, Altera® FPGAs now support OpenCL™, a leading programming language used with GPUs.

Reduce Total System Cost in Portable Applications Using MAX II CPLDs

Traditionally, portable system designers have used ASICs and ASSPs to implement memory interfaces, I/O expansion, power-on sequencing, discrete logic functions, display, and other functions. Cost limitations, power and cooling restrictions, and board space requirements often limit the use of PLDs in these applications. Today, however, innovations in CPLDs in power reduction, cost optimization, and small form-factor packaging allow PLDs to replace or augment ASICs, ASSPs, and discrete devices.

Dynamic Power Reduction in Flash FPGAs

Due to the dramatic increase in portable and battery-operated applications, lower power consumption has become a necessity in order to prolong battery life. Power consumption is an important part of the equation determining the end product's size, weight, and efficiency. FPGAs are becoming more attractive for these applications due to their shorter product life cycle.

The Exploding Variety of New Interfaces for Mobile SoCs

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays, Tom Hackett focuses on the wide variety of new and updated mobile interfaces for mobile SoCs. These interfaces are broken down into three catagories—SoC fabric, memory, and chip-to-chip—and include ARM AMBA 4, ARM AMBA 5, OCP, DDR, LPDDR, LPDDR3, LPDDR4, Wide I/O, Wide I/O2, DRAM, eMMC, eMMC5, UFS, CSI-3, SoundWire, USB, PCIe, and SSIC.

Xilinx Documentation Navigator Overview

The Xilinx Documentation Navigator helps customers find the information they need quickly, ensures customers are always reading the latest information, and offers single-click download management. This short video provides an overview of the Xilinx Documentation Navigator.

Firm Error Immunity in Flash FPGAs

Radiation effects are not isolated to space electronics only, but they affect all type of electronics whether they are automotive, industrial or military and avionics. What differentiates them is the type of radiation. This webcast shows how FPGA’s interact with them and why Actel FPGAs are the best solution to mitigate these effects.

Accelerate Your Video Design with an FPGA and IP Cores

What do you do when your product requires fast turnaround for a simple display? Or what alternative do you have when your end product demands higher throughput with advanced video processing, compared to the one that only needs a simple display? Watch this 20-minute webcast to find out how FPGAs can offer you a customizable solution and quick intellectual property (IP) integration to build your video design faster – whether you need simple format conversion or advanced digital video processing.

UltraFast Vivado Design Methodology For Timing Closure

The methodology outlined in this training will enable you to achieve “Sign-Off” quality XDC constraints for timing closure. This methodology will also enable you to achieve timing closure significantly faster irrespective of the complexity of the design.

Cadence Rapid Prototyping Platform Allows Freescale to Verify their e6500 Power Architecture Core

Hear from Michael Schinzler, Logic Designer at Freescale Semiconductor, as he highlights the use of the Cadence(r) Rapid Prototyping Platform to help verify their e6500 Power Architecture Core.

How Nvidia Is Speeding Up Timing Closure of Advanced-Node Application Processors

Designed for applications including tablets, smartphones, gaming cards, and supercomputers, Nvidia's high-performance, advanced-node application processors have stringent power and performance requirements and complex clocking schemes. In this video, Santosh Navale, a physical design engineer at Nvidia, talks about how Cadence® Encounter® Digital Implementation System CCOpt technology has improved concurrent datapath and clock optimization, the timing closure process, and overall chip performance. With CCOpt technology, Nvidia has been able to meet its tough design goals.

What Is VIP?

Watch this week's episode to hear Tom Hackett, product director at Cadence, talk about the important role that VIP plays in the verification process. Tom details how VIP provides known good designs and stress testing for all interfaces and memory components, helping you to develop bug-free chips.

Pulsed RF Operation of Microsemi GaN RF Power Transistors

This paper explains the pulsed RF operation of Microsemi pulsed GaN HEMT RF power transistors using as an example the 1011GN-700ELM 1030MHz Mode-S Enhanced Message Length (ELM) avionics device. General descriptions are presented detailing both the pulsed gate bias operation and the bias sequencing operation of the “pulser” circuit used on the Microsemi evaluation test fixtures. This pulser circuit is also successfully implemented on all Microsemi pulsed common source class AB GaN device evaluation test fixtures for both pulsed avionics system and radar systems, from L-Band through C-Band and can be extended up to X-Band and Ku Band. A general description of the 1011GN-700ELM RF input and output circuit board design is also provided. Finally, 1011GN-700ELM pulsed RF device performance will be presented demonstrating the use of the pulser circuit in a test fixture.

Solving the 100Gbps Challenge with ABAX2

What do you do when plain-old FPGAs leave too much on the table to handle your next bandwidth challenge efficiently? In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Christian Plante (Tabula) about Tabula's new ABAX2 devices - based on their innovative Spacetime architecture. ABAX2 is fabricated on the latest Intel 22nm Tri-Gate technology, and can give you an enormous advantage in your next 100G design.

MachXO2 Overview

Watch the 5-minute MachXO2 Overview Video to: See an overview of the MachXO2 product family, learn how MachXO2 lowers cost, lowers power and integrates system functionality, all in a small package, see how easy it is to start designing with MachXO2 devices with free design tools, IP trials and reference designs.

Support Multiple Industrial Ethernet Protocols With a Single FPGA

Need to support multiple Industrial Ethernet protocols in your factory or process automation system? This 10-minute video features three demos integrating motor control and Industrial Ethernet into a single FPGA. You'll learn how you can easily change protocols on the same FPGA platform and add any Industrial Ethernet communication to existing industrial equipment.


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