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Introduction to the New Virtuoso ADE Product Suite

Do different members of your team have different requirements and challenges for your analog design tools? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Steve Lewis of Cadence Design Systems about the new capabilities in Cadence's Virtuoso ADE Product Suite - capabilities that will make everyone on your team happy.

Six Hidden Costs of Wireless SoC Design

Modules offer an attractive alternative to wireless SoCs in many situations. In this episode of Chalk Talk, AD chats with Joe Tillison from Silicon Labs about six hidden costs of doing a wireless SoC design.

Accelerating Your Analog Output Design

Eventually, most of our designs need to control something in the real world. That means we have to bust out of our safe little digital realm, and drive some analog actuators or something similar. But, building that analog output section from scratch can be a real challenge. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to Bill Laumeister of Maxim Integrated about the Analog Output Design Accelerator Kit (MAXREFDES24EVSYS), a complete platform for easy evaluation that requires no lab equipment.

Simulating Systems with PSpice

Simple simulation just doesn't cut it with today's complex board designs. To manage the tradeoff between accuracy and performance, you need a variety of models with multiple levels of abstraction. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Parag Choudhary of Cadence Design Systems about simulating with PSpice.

Stratus™ High-Level Synthesis

High-Level Synthesis (HLS) has been gaining traction in the mainstream for the past couple of years. But, HLS is good for a lot more than just increasing development productivity. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with David Pursley of Cadence Designs Systems about the new Stratus High-Level Synthesis technology, and how it will impact design productivity as well as the deployment and distribution of IP.

Architecture Matters: Three Architectural Insights for SoC FPGAs

New devices that combine the power and flexiblility of FPGAs and conventional processors on a single chip represent a breakthrough in capability. But, understanding the complex architecture of these sophisticated components requires us to look under the hood to see how the architecture fits our design requirements, and how to choose the right chip for our application. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Todd Koelling of Altera about what to look for in the architecture of your SoC FPGA.

DC Brushed Motor Applications

Brushed DC motors are the go-to solution for thousands of applications. And, although most of us have experience with brushed motors at some point, few of us have taken the time to become experts. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with David Witt from Infineon about the finer points of brushed DC motor theory, and they look at some helpful motor control solutions from Infineon.

Introducing RocketSim Engine: The Fastest Digital Simulator

Speed is one of the most important attributes of a simulator today. With the rapid growth of designs, performance of the simulator can be critical in getting a project finished on time - or at all. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with David Lidrbauch of Cadence Design Systems about RocketSim, the new standard for simulation speed.

Running Out of Processing Power? No Problem.

Today's applications demand more processing power on a smaller energy budget. Advanced algorithms such as embedded vision easily overwhelm conventional SoCs. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Eric Ma of Xilinx about maximizing performance-per-watt with Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoCs.

Performance-per-Watt with FinFET-based All Programmable Architectures

Performance per watt is one of the most critical metrics for most system designers today. In the past, we could often focus on performance without thinking about power, but today's highly-constrained designs demand energy efficiency more than ever. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Ehab Mohsen and Maureen Smerdon of Xilinx about optimizing your design for maximum performance per watt.

TI LaunchPad Ecosystem

Turning your idea into a working project begins with a good development kit. Launchpad from Texas Instruments offers a robust, affordable starting point to make your next idea a reality. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to Daniel Ogilvie of Texas Instruments about the latest on TI's popular LaunchPad.

Model-Based Design for Xilinx Zynq & Altera SoC Devices

You'll get way more out of your Xilinx Zynq or Altera SoC device if you have a smooth design flow from MATLAB and Simulink. Luckily, MathWorks has already thought of that. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Eric Cigan of MathWorks about Model-Based Design for this new powerful class of programmable devices.

Solution for Heterogeneous Multicore Embedded Systems

Designing software for heterogeneous multicore embedded systems is a daunting challenge. Each of those words "heterogeneous", "Multicore", and "embedded" represents something that can cause a major breakdown in the normal software development flow. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Felix Baum of Mentor Graphics about challenges and solutions for heterogeneous multicore embedded design.

Announcing the RN4677 Bluetooth 4.0 Dual Mode Module

Want to add plug-and-play Bluetooth to your design, but need to have 4.0 dual-mode? Now there is a solution that spans the gamut of Bluetooth technologies. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Dave Richkas of Microchip about a new module that provides 4.0 dual-mode Bluetooth in a ready-to-use configuration.

MatrixCam Video Development Kit from ON Semiconductor

Cameras are an important part of many IoT projects these days, but developing a camera subsystem from scratch is a complex and demanding engineering task. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Radhika Arora from ON Semiconductor about MatrixCam - a new development kit that will have your camera-based project up and running in no time.

SI? Why do I Care?

Signal Integrity isn’t just for “experts” anymore. Most designs these days have high-speed interfaces that require a solid strategy for signal integrity. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Matthew Burns from Samtec about simplifying signal integrity in your next system design.

i.MX 6SoloX – Freescale’s New Heterogeneous Multicore Applications Processor

Many applications today need both an applications processor AND a real-time MCU. But, most solutions don't offer both on the same chip. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Amanda McGregor of Freescale about a new application processor that combines an ARM Cortex-A9 core with the efficiency and real-time capability of the Cortex-M4.

MathWorks Connects to Hardware

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

Top 10 Reasons Real Signal Integrity Engineers Demand Power-Aware SI Technology

Signal Integrity analysis that doesn't consider power effects can set you up for some dangerous problems. Ground bounce and other effects can cause problems that normal SI tools won't detect. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton discusses power-aware signal integrity analysis with Brad Griffin of Cadence Design Systems. You'll want to watch to see what your SI tool may have been missing.

Vivado Design Suite HLx Editions

High-level design methods can dramatically increase your productivity. Now that technologies like high-level synthesis (HLS) have gone mainstream, we can make some serious improvements to our FPGA design process. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Tim Vanevenhoven of Xilinx about how the new HLx editions of Vivado Design suite are taking high-level design mainstream.

Efficient Product Creation with Allegro and Sigrity Solutions

Being a PCB Expert isn't enough anymore. With today's interconnected systems, you need to design at the product level to be competitive. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Hemant Shah of Cadence Design Systems about product design with Cadence's Allegro and Sigrity tools.

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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.

High Speed Data Acquisition and Software Defined Radio Made Simple

Building a hybrid computing platform from scratch is a huge and complicated project. Luckily, somebody has already done that work for you. In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Justin Braun (4DSP) about how you can use pre-designed platforms to dramatically simplify these complex computing and data acquisition problems.

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.

Top 10 Reasons Real Signal Integrity Engineers Demand Power-Aware SI Technology

Signal Integrity analysis that doesn't consider power effects can set you up for some dangerous problems. Ground bounce and other effects can cause problems that normal SI tools won't detect. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton discusses power-aware signal integrity analysis with Brad Griffin of Cadence Design Systems. You'll want to watch to see what your SI tool may have been missing.

Connecting ZYNQ-7000 All Programmable SoCs with TE Connectivity Interconnect Products

New SoCs like the Xilinx Zynq are changing the industry - with new levels of functionality, flexibility, performance, and power efficiency. But, to take advantage of this new technology you'll need connectivity solutions that are up to the task. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Mark Bell from TE Connectivity about plugs, connectors, antennas, and other connectivity solutions for today's most demanding designs.

Announcing the RN4677 Bluetooth 4.0 Dual Mode Module

Want to add plug-and-play Bluetooth to your design, but need to have 4.0 dual-mode? Now there is a solution that spans the gamut of Bluetooth technologies. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Dave Richkas of Microchip about a new module that provides 4.0 dual-mode Bluetooth in a ready-to-use configuration.

Hierarchical Design Flows: Design Preservation & Team Design

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD, Amelia chats with David Dye of Xilinx about how Hierarchical Design methodologies and Team Design can accelerate your next FPGA design and get those team members of yours working productively together. With these tools and techniques, two million logic elements won't seem like that much after all.

Inductance-to-Digital Converters Revolutionize Position & Rotation Sensing

Inductive sensing is a reliable, accurate, and robust technology for a wide variety of position, rotation, metal detection and spring compression measurement applications. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Anjana Govil of Texas Instruments about how you can use inductance-to-digital converters to take advantage for inductive sensing in your next design.

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How to Select the Right Digital Isolator

Many of our applications today require digital isolation to protect them - and their users - from real-world hazards like voltage spikes and incompatible voltages. But, selecting the right digital isolation solution for a given application can by tricky. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Tony Partow of Maxim Integrated about how to select the right type of isolator for your application.

Avnet LED Solutions: Smart Lighting, Intelligent Lighting and the Puzzle

The switch to LED lighting creates huge opportunities for IoT in addition to the obvious power and cost benefits. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Peter Bolan and Bob Householder of Avnet about the fascinating and exciting engineering innovations following in the wake of LED technology.

Introducing RocketSim Engine: The Fastest Digital Simulator

Speed is one of the most important attributes of a simulator today. With the rapid growth of designs, performance of the simulator can be critical in getting a project finished on time - or at all. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with David Lidrbauch of Cadence Design Systems about RocketSim, the new standard for simulation speed.

SI? Why do I Care?

Signal Integrity isn’t just for “experts” anymore. Most designs these days have high-speed interfaces that require a solid strategy for signal integrity. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Matthew Burns from Samtec about simplifying signal integrity in your next system design.

Enabling Embedded Vision

Embedded Vision is one of today's most challenging applications. We need incredible processing power, lightning-fast latency, and very low energy consumption. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Aaron Behman of Xilinx about the exciting world of embedded vision.

How to Design an Automotive Power Supply

Supplying power for today's advanced automotive applications can be a tricky task. Getting the right voltages with the right tolerances and current capacities has become a complex engineering problem. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Vik Patel from Infineon about simplifying the task of automotive power supply design.

How to Build Custom Motor Controllers for Processors, FPGAs and SoCs

Controlling motors in your design can be a complex business. Most engineers are focused on other aspects of the design, but are not experts in motor control. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to Eric Cigan of MathWorks about simplifying the motor control design process. We'll have you up and spinning in no time!

Simulating Systems with PSpice

Simple simulation just doesn't cut it with today's complex board designs. To manage the tradeoff between accuracy and performance, you need a variety of models with multiple levels of abstraction. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Parag Choudhary of Cadence Design Systems about simulating with PSpice.

The Power to Amaze: Fairchild 100V PowerTrench® MOSFETs

Are your power MOSFETs struggling to keep up with the demands of your system? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Mike Speed of Fairchild Semiconductor about the new Fairchild 100V PowerTrench MOSFETs. With the efficient performance of these new transistors, your MOSFET worries may be over.

Expanding the Backplane Ecosystem

Don’t you wish you’d chosen a more flexible and future-proof backplane technology? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to Matthew Burns from Samtec about backplane systems that bring the performance and flexibility you need to keep your system running for a long, long time.

How to "Shift Left" for Agile Hardware Design

Want to apply agile development techniques to hardware design? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Jack Erickson of MathWorks about “Shifting Left” and “Agile” as applied to your hardware engineering process.

Targeting SDR Design to Hardware

Software defined radio (SDR) design is a complex dance of hardware and software. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Noam Levine from MathWorks about how to simplify the implementation of SDR in hardware.

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The Power to Amaze: Fairchild 100V PowerTrench® MOSFETs

Are your power MOSFETs struggling to keep up with the demands of your system? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Mike Speed of Fairchild Semiconductor about the new Fairchild 100V PowerTrench MOSFETs. With the efficient performance of these new transistors, your MOSFET worries may be over.

10 Secrets to Getting a Lower BOM Cost

Reducing your BOM costs can be a complex challenge. If your design includes programmable logic, you have a lot of powerful options for reducing cost that might not be obvious simply by looking at component costs. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Maureen Smerdon and Darren Zacher of Xilinx about minimizing BOM costs in your next 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.

Power 2 You: A Guide to Power Supply and Management Control

This free eBook provides technical details and design considerations for implementing the common circuit board power management functions. This book also provides generalized cost effective solutions for each of these functions that can be customized to meet a circuit board’s specific voltage, current and control environment.

The Vault

Professional engineering projects require professional working practices. When we're designing things to be manufactured in volume, it's critical that we keep track of versions and revisions, collaborate and communicate effectively, and hand-off the right materials to manufacturing. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Sam Sattel of Altium about Altium's "Vault" - which makes those professional practices a whole lot easier and smoother.

Cadence Perspec System Verifier SW Driven SoC Verification Automation

To verify your next system design, you'll need a lot of use cases. But, creating, tracking, sharing, and running those use cases can be a nightmare. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Larry Melling of Cadence Design Systems about the new Cadence Perspec System Verifier and how you can take advantage of its power and flexibility in your system-level design verification.

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.

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...

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.

Enabling Embedded Vision

Embedded Vision is one of today's most challenging applications. We need incredible processing power, lightning-fast latency, and very low energy consumption. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Aaron Behman of Xilinx about the exciting world of embedded vision.

Analog to Digital Conversion

High-speed analog signals pose special challenges for analog to digital conversion (ADC). Applications like software-defined radio, radar, instrumentation, and high-speed wireless require ADC that is high-performance, high-accuracy, and low-power. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Trent Butcher of Microchip Technology about solving the issues of high-speed ADC.

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.

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

UltraRAM: Massive On-Chip Memory for FPGAs and MPSoCs

There is a significant gap between FPGA on-chip memories and off-chip memories that causes problems in some applications. What we need to fill that gap are much larger on-chip memory resources to fill that need. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Ehab Mohsen of Xilinx about the new UltraRAM blocks in Xilinx FPGAs and Zynq MPSoCs.

Genus Synthesis Solution: Massively Parallel RTL Synthesis

Synthesis of large designs can be a major bottleneck, particularly with the number of iterations often required and the long synthesis runtimes of current generation tools. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with David Stratman of Cadence Design Systems about the revolutionary new Genus massively-parallel synthesis technology. Genus promises to have an enormous impact on the synthesis bottleneck.


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