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FRAM Technology: The Next Generation of Non-volatile Memory for Microcontrollers

FRAM is one of the coolest non-volatile memory technologies to date. And, FRAM combined with microcontrollers is a perfect match. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Will Cooper of Texas Instruments about the practical implications of FRAM technology in MCUs.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Protium Rapid Prototyping Platform

Building a robust prototype involves a lot more than just throwing a bunch of big FPGAs on a board or in a box. In fact, success of a prototype is a lot more about the system surrounding the boards - the tools, design flow, and IP that make the whole thing come up easily and work smoothly. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to Juergen Jaeger of Cadence about the new Protium Rapid Prototyping Platform from Cadence, and how it can simplify your prototyping process.

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.

The Rise of Serial Memory and the Future of DDR

With no plans emerging to define a "DDR5" specification, the entire memory landscape is going to change over the coming years. Serial memory technologies like Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC) and other schemes still in the pipeline can be expected to fill the memory needs of the future. From the beginning, Xilinx has engineered its UltraScale™ devices and platforms with the future in mind, providing a seamless transition to these newly emerging serial memory technologies.

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.

Integrating Electronic Design Analysis Upstream, Downstream, and Sideways

PCB Design demands a great deal more care these days. Signal and power integrity are just some of the realities that board designers must contend with these days. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Brad Griffin of Cadence Design Systems about the integration of these important analysis capabilities into the PCB design process.

The Application of FPGAs for Wireless Base-Station Connectivity

This white paper addresses the application of Xilinx FPGA technology to the implementation of internal communication networks within wireless base stations. This is a critical element of the system design within a range of base-station architectures, including conventional macrocell, high-density cell sites, CRAN configurations, and AAA configurations.

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.

Lower BOM Cost, Use 32-bit Wide LPDDR4 in Consumer Applications

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, the second of a two-part series, Jeffrey Chung discusses 32-bit applications and how LPDDR4 can be used most effectively.

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.

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.

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.

Function Enablement with 8-bit PIC Microcontrollers

For a lot of mainstream applications these days, 32-bit or even 16-bit processors are serious overkill. You can get great performance, smaller footprints, lower power consumption, and lower cost using 8-bit devices. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Wayne Freeman of Microchip Technology about function enablement with 8-bit MCUs.

Advanced System Management with Analog Non-volatile FPGAs

A system management device is critical to the successful power up, configuration, maintenance and power down of the system. As system complexity increases, the requirements of these devices are growing and features such as instant-on, analog capability, and flexibility are crucial. Read how a robust system management design incorporates a wide variety of tasks in both the analog and digital domain including power rail management, environmental condition management, and analytics for diagnostics and prognostics.

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.

Delivering Higher FPGA Utilization & Performance: UltraScale Architecture

Ever notice how hard it can be to get the full utilization that an FPGA datasheet promises? Xilinx is aiming to change all that. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Darren Zacher of Xilinx about the new Ultrascale FPGA family, and how the architecture has been optimized for maximum utilization.

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.

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How To Save 99% on Your Next Mixed Signal ASIC Design (part 2 of a 3-part series)

In part 1 of this 3-part series, we talked about how you can save 75% on your next mixed-signal chip design - which was great, but we think we can do better than that. In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Reid Wender of Triad Semiconductor about how you can dramatically reduce design costs and complexity even more. In this second epsiode of our 3-part Chalk TalkHD series, Amelia and Reid tell you how to save up to 99% on your design.

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.

FPGA Prototyping with the Kintex-7 KC705 Evaluation Kit

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

Verify Design Performance with PADS Best-in-Class Simulation and Analysis

It really isn't important to simulate your PCB design - as long as you don't care about re-spins, signal integrity, cost... OK, actually, there are many good reasons to simulate your board. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Jim Martens of Mentor Graphics about simulating your board design using PADS. It may make you re-think your board design strategy.

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!

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 2022: Do You Know What Your FPGA Is?

Does the definition of "FPGA" seem like a moving target? Over the past few years, there has been phenomenal progress in FPGA technology - going from simple glue logic to impressive programmable systems-on-chip. Today's FPGAs are some of the most powerful and flexible devices ever built. But, what will your FPGA look like ten years from now? In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia Dalton chats with Umar Mughal of Altera about the past, present, and future of this exciting technology.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES RFCMOS Solutions and Catena WiFi Solutions

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia Dalton chats with Fayyaz Singaporewala (GLOBALFOUNDRIES) and Mats Carlsson (Catena) about how to get that scary RF portion of your next design done in a snap.

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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.

The Rise of Serial Memory and the Future of DDR

With no plans emerging to define a "DDR5" specification, the entire memory landscape is going to change over the coming years. Serial memory technologies like Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC) and other schemes still in the pipeline can be expected to fill the memory needs of the future. From the beginning, Xilinx has engineered its UltraScale™ devices and platforms with the future in mind, providing a seamless transition to these newly emerging serial memory technologies.

The Application of FPGAs for Wireless Base-Station Connectivity

This white paper addresses the application of Xilinx FPGA technology to the implementation of internal communication networks within wireless base stations. This is a critical element of the system design within a range of base-station architectures, including conventional macrocell, high-density cell sites, CRAN configurations, and AAA configurations.

Library Creation Solutions

As designs become more complex, it's important to identify opportunities to enhance design processes. Designers need an efficient way to create accurate, complex, schematic symbols and PCB footprints. EMA Design Automation has a solution to fill that need with an automated, efficient, process for creating component symbol and footprint data.

What’s New in PSpice 16.6

In this webcast Matthew Harms demonstrates the new features in version 16.6 of Cadence PSpice. Matthew covers three major areas: productivity enhancements, core enhancements, and TCL Integration. This webcast covers most of these features with an explanation and a short demonstration.

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.

Integrated Interlaken operating at 150 Gb/s in UltraScale FPGAs

This Virtex® UltraScale™ FPGA demonstration shows the newly integrated Interlaken IP core running at 150Gb/s over 12 lanes. By integrating Interlaken, Xilinx is able to reduce power consumption, logic utilization, and design complexity for one of the most popular protocols in networking today.

Virtex UltraScale VU440 FPGA Demonstration

See the new Virtex® UltraScale™ VU440, the world’s largest FPGA, in action being used to prototype 10 ARM® Cortex®-A9 CPUs.

Lower BOM Cost, Use 32-bit Wide LPDDR4 in Consumer Applications

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, the second of a two-part series, Jeffrey Chung discusses 32-bit applications and how LPDDR4 can be used most effectively.

New LPDDR4 Standard Features

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, the first of a two-part series, Jeffrey Chung discusses new LPDDR4 standard features that reduce power consumption and increase performance. Low-voltage interface standard logic (LVSTL) and data byte inversion (DBI) are discussed in detail.

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SmartFusion2 SoC FPGA In-System Programming Using UART Interface Demo Guide

In-System Programming (ISP) can be used to reprogram design iterations and field upgrades. SmartFusion®2 SoC FPGA devices support ISP using the Universal Asynchronous Receiver/Transmitter (UART) interface. This document describes how to program the following, using ISP through the UART interface: • embedded Non-volatile Memory (eNVM) • FPGA Fabric • both the eNVM and the FPGA Fabric For more information on programming SmartFusion2 SoC FPGAs, see the SmartFusion2 Programming User's Guide. For information on system controller programming services, see the SmartFusion2 System Controller User's Guide.

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.

Power Reduction in Next-Generation UltraScale Architecture

Designed to scale from 20 nm planar technology through 16 nm FinFET and beyond, Xilinx UltraScale™ devices equip an already-successful architectural platform with numerous innovative power reduction techniques. This white paper explores the challenges of managing power efficiently, reducing device power requirements, and innovating new power solutions at the speed of Moore's law.

Power Supply Transients on RTAX-S and RTSX-SU Devices

Single-event effects (SEE) during operation of power regulators can cause the output of the regulator to be as high as the regulator input for short durations, on order of tenths of microseconds. Consequently, any device that is powered by the regulator could see this supply glitch during normal operation of the device. This report summarizes the experiments and data collected to study the impact of these power supply glitches on the RTAX™-S and RTSX-SU devices on printed circuit boards.

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%.

Kintex UltraScale 16.3G Backplane Demo

Xilinx showcases the industry’s first demonstration of a Kintex® UltraScale™ device with 16.3 Gbps backplane performance capability.

FPGA Prototyping with the Kintex-7 KC705 Evaluation Kit

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

Simpler, Smarter Platform for Differentiated Digital TVs

The Spartan-6 FPGA Consumer Video kit provides a simpler way to update and modify video algorithms, and incorporate new video standards such as DisplayPort and V-by-One-HS. The advanced integrated design environment allows designers to efficiently develop and test high speed serial interfaces like LVDS and TMDS and debug HDMI or DVI-based solutions. The Spartan-6 FPGA Consumer Video Kit offers everything designers need to implement features for today and tomorrow's market. Watch this short video to learn more.

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.

High Voltage, Precision, Battery Stack Monitor

The LTC®6802 is a highly integrated multicell battery monitoring IC, capable of measuring up to 12 individual battery cell voltages. Using a novel serial data communication technique, multiple LTC6802s can be stacked in series without optocouplers or isolators, allowing precision voltage monitoring of every cell for 1000V+ systems. With high ESD, EMI and noise immunity, the LTC6802 stands up to real world conditions in a range of automotive and industrial applications.

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!

Fast Debug of RTL, Speedy Post Analysis

For Altair Semiconductor, which develops SoCs for smartphones and tablets, fast time to market is critical. Verifying its SoC architecture can be challenging, but the company addressed this with a verification flow based on Cadence® Incisive® Enterprise Simulator, the IEEE 1647, e language, and vManager for regression runs. Noam Meser, system level verification lead at the company, tells why he is "addicted" to Cadence.

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.

High Performance Computing Using FPGAs

For over a quarter of a century, Xilinx® FPGAs continue to be the platform of choice for designing programmable systems. Due to their inherent flexibility, Xilinx FPGAs have been used in programmable solutions such as serving as a prototype vehicle as well as being a highly flexible alternative to application-specific integrated circuits. This white paper describes the various use models for applying FPGAs in High Performance Computing (HPC) systems.

Using External Memory Interfaces to Achieve Efficient High-Speed Memory Solutions

Because a fast and robust memory interface is crucial for many designers, Altera provides the fastest, most efficient, and lowest latency memory controllers, which allow designers to work with today’s higher speed memories quickly and easily. Designing with Arria V FPGAs not only helps to make designs successful but also ensures that implementation is fast and easy.

Parameterizable Content-Addressable Memory

This application note describes a parameterizable content-addressable memory (CAM), and is accompanied by a reference design that replaces the CAM core previously delivered through the CORE Generator™ software. The CAM reference design should be used for all new FPGA designs targeting Virtex®-6, Virtex-5, Virtex-4, Spartan®-6, Spartan-3, Spartan-3E, Spartan-3A, Spartan-3A DSP FPGAs, and newer architectures. All the features and interfaces included in the reference design are backward compatible with the LogiCORE™ IP CAM v6.1 core. In addition, because the reference design is provided in plain-text VHDL format, the implementation of the function is fully visible, allowing for easy debug and modification of the code.

Introducing Xilinx Ultrascale™ Architecture: Industry’s First ASIC-Class All Programmable Architecture

The UltraScale™ Architecture addresses these challenges by applying leading-edge ASIC techniques in a fully programmable architecture. This architecture scales from 20nm planar through 16nm FinFET technologies and beyond, while also scaling from monolithic through 3D ICs. The UltraScale architecture not only addresses the limitations to scalability of total system throughput and latency, but directly addresses interconnect - the number one bottleneck to system performance at advanced nodes.

Super Low Power MCUs: NanoWatt XLP Technology

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Jason Tollefson of Microchip Technology about a radical new line of microcontrollers from Microchip that combine amazing processing capability with almost unbelievably low power consumption.


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