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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.

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.

Introducing Palladium Z1 Enterprise Emulation Platform

Emulation is critical in the development of just about every complex IC these days, but most emulation systems are burdened with proprietary standards and form factors that don't scale well. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Frank Schirrmeister of Cadence Design Systems about the new Palladium Z1 datacenter-class emulation system, which was designed with the capacity and scalability required for today's most challenging designs.

Meet PPA and Turnaround Time Requirements at Advanced Nodes with Innovus Implementation System

Today's complex IC designs demand a new generation of high-capacity, high-performance implementation tools. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats Yufeng Luo of Cadence Design Systems about the incredible innovations in Cadence's new Innovus implementation suite.

Meet ARTY: the $99 FPGA Development Kit from Xilinx

Have you been wanting to try FPGA design? Were FPGA development boards and tools always too expensive and difficult to use? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Darren Zacher and Jim Burnham of Xilinx about ARTY, a new, easy-to-use $99 FPGA-based embedded development kit from Xilinx.

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.

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.

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.

Mixed Signal Verification: The Long and Winding Road

Verification of your mixed-signal design can be a nightmare, with clashing disciplines and engineering cultures, and challenging use-case requirements. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Steve Carlson of Cadence Design Systems about a comprehensive approach to mixed-signal system verification.

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.

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.

Synplify FPGA Synthesis

Today's FPGAs demand a lot from your design tool environment, particularly when it comes to synthesis. With larger designs, more third-party IP, globally-distributed design teams, and increasing performance and power challenges, the demands on synthesis technology are greater than ever. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Joe Mallett of Synopsys about the latest generation of the Synopsys Synplify FPGA design tools.

Maxim Integrated’s High Efficiency Power Solutions for 24V+ Systems

With form factors continuing to shrink, it's becoming more and more difficult to pack an efficient power supply into the available space. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Suhel Dhanani of Maxim Integrated about building small, efficient industrial power supplies.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

Increase FPGA Performance with Enhanced Capabilities of Synplify Pro & Premier

The most important factor in getting great performance from your FPGA design is optimization in synthesis and place and route. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Paul Owens of Synopsys about the latest techniques for getting the most performance out of your design tools, and therefore out of your FPGA design.

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!

Altera Stratix 10 Security

Security is a key issue in just about every system design today. And, in FPGA-based systems you need robust security features built into the FPGA itself. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton and Ryan Kenny of Altera discuss the new security features in Altera's Stratix 10 FPGAs and how they help you address even the most demanding security challenges.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

Introducing Kinetis Motor Suite

Do you want to design in a motor without having to become an expert in motor control? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Phillip Drake of NXP about simplifying motor control with Kinetis. It'll have your motor spinning in no time.

Addressing the Challenges of Serial Link Design and Analysis

High-speed serial interfaces present some of the biggest challenges in board design today. Getting signal integrity right on your board with speeds into the gigabits can be tricky at best. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Brad Griffin of Cadence Design Systems about using Cadence's Sigrity analysis tool to nail your next serial interface design.

One Time Programmable OmniClock Generators

Are you tired of dealing with too many clocks in your design? This episode of Chalk Talk can help. Amelia Dalton chats with Eduardo De Reza from ON Semiconductor about OmniClock, which can help you to tame that wild pack of clocks once and for all.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Powering Non-Isolated 24V Rail Applications Made Easy

Designing the DC/DC power supply for your design is almost never the fun part. And, designing a good power supply can be a complex engineering challenge. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Tenille Medley of Texas Instruments about simplifying industrial power design. It may just make your next design project a lot easier.

Maxim Integrated’s High Efficiency Power Solutions for 24V+ Systems

With form factors continuing to shrink, it's becoming more and more difficult to pack an efficient power supply into the available space. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Suhel Dhanani of Maxim Integrated about building small, efficient industrial power supplies.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

M8/M12 Connector System

For industrial-grade applications, consumer-style connectors just don't cut it. You'd never use RJ45 where you really care about ruggedness or reliability. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Tom Wess of TE Connectivity about M8 and M12 high-reliability connectivity solutions that will keep your system operating smoothly under harsh conditions.

Spartan-6 FPGAs in Video Designs

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD, Amelia chats with Tom Hill and Maureen Smerdon of Xilinx about how Spartan-6 FPGAs can accelerate your next video design, and how adding embedded vision to those designs is getting easier and easier.

Addressing Design Challenges in Heterogeneous Multicore Embedded Systems

Heterogeneous multicore systems [architectures that combine two or more different types of microprocessors (MPUs) and microcontrollers (MCUs)] are quickly becoming the defacto architecture in the embedded industry today. The quick emergence of these systems can be attributed to a number of factors.

Addressing the Challenges of Serial Link Design and Analysis

High-speed serial interfaces present some of the biggest challenges in board design today. Getting signal integrity right on your board with speeds into the gigabits can be tricky at best. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Brad Griffin of Cadence Design Systems about using Cadence's Sigrity analysis tool to nail your next serial interface design.

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.

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.

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

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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