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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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Solving Today's Interface Challenges with Ultra-Low Density FPGA Bridging Solutions

Today’s embedded system designers face an unprecedented challenge from an I/O perspective. As system complexity rises, they are increasingly asked to address a multitude of potential I/O options. These options can range from interfacing one industry bus to another, to connecting new and higher performance sensors with mature application processors. Moreover, this problem is pervasive across all markets from high volume consumer applications to the latest industrial, scientific and medical systems.

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.

Abstract and Conquer: A New Alternative to Hierarchical Timing Analysis

Sign-off timing analysis for today’s complex SoC designs can be daunting. Rather than just throwing more computer power at the problem, you need to adopt a hierarchical approach and take advantage of higher levels of abstraction. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Ruben Molina of Cadence Design Systems about a new, faster approach to sign-off timing analysis.

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.

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.

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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.

Rigid-Flex and Embedded Components

These days, flexibile circuit boards are making their way into the mainstream. Rigid-flex design gives us all kinds of new capabilities in form factor, as well as the opportunity to replace expensive and unreliable cables and connectors. But, how do you handle rigid-flex PCB design in your layout tools? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Altium's Ben Jordan about rigid-flex design in Altium Designer - and how you can use those same capabilities for embedded components as a bonus!

Timing Closure in FPGA Designs Made Easy with PlanAhead

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Frederic Rivoallon of Xilinx and they attempt to unravel the mysteries of timing closure and reveal that yes, you can get timing closure right the first time in your next design.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

Accelerate Design Productivity with Vivado Design Suite 2013.2

The Vivado® Design Suite delivers a SoC-strength, IP-centric and system-centric, next generation development environment that has been built from the ground up to address the productivity bottlenecks in system-level integration and implementation. For More Vivado Tutorials please visit: www.xilinx.com/training/vivado

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.

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.

Introducing Digitally Enhanced Power Analog

Analog power has always been the standard. New digital power modules offer great flexibility, but that comes with a price. For many applications, we'd love to have the simplicity and efficiency of analog power with the features of digital power. In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia Dalton chats with Steve Stella from Microchip Technology about mixing the best of digital and analog power.

Increased Productivity Using Team Design

Xilinx® FPGAs offer up to 2 million logic cells in capacity—and they continue to grow. Designs of this complexity usually require a team of developers, and often, a team leader, who is responsible for the synthesis and implementation of the entire design. To make matters more challenging, the developers can be located internationally, with different portions of the design developed in different locations, and even by different companies. The Xilinx Team Design flow introduced in ISE® Design Suite 13.1 focuses on solving these challenges.

Xilinx 7 series FPGAs

Xilinx 7 series FPGAs offer breakthrough power, performance, & dramatically reduced development time.

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.

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.

Putting Low Power and Flexibility Where It Matters Most: Handheld Portable Applications

In the short span of three decades, electronics have not only proliferated in our world, but have also gotten smaller and more portable. The march of Moore’s Law has brought portability to the consumer, industrial, military, medical and other markets.

Achieving Lowest System Power with Low-Power 28nm FPGAs

Lowest system power can be achieved by utilizing low-power FPGAs, which can be more power efficient than processors, ASSPs, and ASICs. When evaluating low-power FPGAs, key considerations include the power efficiency of the process technology, architectures and features, system interconnects, and EDA software. Altera® Cyclone® V FPGAs excel at all of the above metrics, and do so at the lowest system cost.

How 2D Solutions Help Close the Memory Wall Gap

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays episode, Scott Jacobson deep dives into 2D memory solutions like EMMC 5.0, UFS, and DDR4. Scott highlights how these solutions can help address CPU performance and power requirements and memory ability to deliver to these needs.

Scalable Smart Debugging With ZeBu-Server

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD, Amelia chats with Lauro Rizzatti of EVE about how EVE's ZeBu emulation technology can help you find that one last bug in even the biggest of designs.

Using LEDs as Light-Level Sensors and Emitters

Modulating LED power based on ambient light level increases battery life, a particularly helpful feature in a device where battery life is measured in days. Using a very simple circuit, Altera’s MAX II and MAX IIZ CPLDs can measure the analog light level of their environments and then drive an LED at a proportional analog intensity level. Controlling the LED intensity based on ambient light as demonstrated reduces LED energy usage by more than 47 percent without affecting appearance.

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.

Using FPGAs to Render Graphics and Drive LCD Interfaces

This paper describes the use of FPGAs to add a LCD and GUI display to any embedded system. Unlike fixed processor device implementations, this approach is scalable and supports any display interface. Graphics can be generated by any external processor, embedded processor, or hardware graphics acceleration engine integrated into the same FPGA design. The benefits of FPGA implementation and available tools and IP are described, and links to reference designs and solution providers are given.

5 Reasons to Put Your Processor on an FPGA

Did you know that soft-core FPGA processors provide unique benefits that you can’t achieve with commercial off-the-shelf systems? Learn five reasons why you should put your processor on an FPGA. Watch this 9-minute video to get more details on: Design flexibility, with a customizable peripheral set, Protection against processor obsolescence, Multi-core support, Hardware acceleration, Familiar software tools.

FPGA Product Support and EOL as Past Performance Indicators

This white paper presents the factors that lead to product obsolescence decisions made by FPGA vendors and how you can use this knowledge to craft obsolescence risk mitigation plans. This paper also introduces the idea of exercising Past Performance Assessments of FPGA vendors as both a risk and cost factor in making FPGA selection in military system design.


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