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Optimizing Emulator Utilization

Russ Klein describes how Codelink – a Mentor Graphics trace-based debug system –gives software developers a traditional software debug view from a unique processor trace, enabling them to increase emulator utilization and enjoy a more productive debug experience. Codelink allows for software debug earlier in the design cycle, as it makes possible using the emulator without having debug circuitry as part of the design.

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.

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.

Debug This! Class-based testbench debugging with Visualizer

Rich Edelman says class-based debug is good news because it is not the same as debugging RTL. You don’t have to be an object-oriented programmer in order to debug a class-based testbench. Such a testbench just a bunch of objects – some statically created, some dynamic – which interact with the DUT. The upshot? Class based debug doesn’t have to be hard!

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.

Achieving Fast Formal Verification in Highly Configurable Design Environment

Sonics is a trusted leader in on-chip networks, which connect all components of a system. Since failure of an on-chip network leads to failure of the SoC, Sonics spends considerable time verifying its configurable IP. When Sonics began looking into formal verification, the company quickly turned to Cadence's JasperGold® verification apps. In this video, Drew Wingard, the company's co-founder and CTO, explains how the algorithms, as well as the packaging of those algorithms, made it easy for RTL developers to be productive quickly with formal verification, even in their highly configurable design environment.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

USB Type-C Solutions

USB Type-C is coming, but how will you add it to your design? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Gordon Hands of Lattice Semiconductor about a great new flexible solution for USB Type-C. Your job may be easier than you think.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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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.

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!

Simplifying Industrial Ethernet Design

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Suhel Dhanani of Altera about the who, what, and how of industrial ethernet design.

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.

USB Type-C Solutions

USB Type-C is coming, but how will you add it to your design? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Gordon Hands of Lattice Semiconductor about a great new flexible solution for USB Type-C. Your job may be easier than you think.

Value of Power Modules

Today, the cool kids aren’t using discrete components for power anymore. Nope. They’re using power modules. In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Rich Nowakowski and Kevin Beals (Texas Instruments) about power modules, and why they’re the best solution for a wide range of design projects.

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.

Verification Methodologies (Made Easy)

Most FPGA designers don’t know much about formal methodologies for verification. It’s too bad, because today’s complicated FPGA designs can really take advantage of standardized methodologies like UVM. In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia and Jerry Kaczynski (Aldec) are going to unscramble the anagrams and get you on your way to understanding and harnessing the power of universal verification methodologies - so you can start applying them to your next design.

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Multiplying the Value of 16nm with UltraScale+ Devices: Staying a Generation Ahead

Xilinx is multiplying the value of 16nm with UltraScale+™ FPGAs, 3D ICs, and MPSoCs through key memory, 3D-on-3D, and multi-processing technologies and by leveraging the successful UltraScale architecture at 20nm. This paper describes in detail how to leverage key processing elements, connectivity interfaces, and other domain-optimized capabilities in the latest UltraScale+ portfolio for a broad range of application domains including wireless & waveform processing, packet processing & transport, video & image processing, high performance computing, and connected control.

UltraScale + 16nm Technology and Portfolio Backgrounder

Learn about new memory, 3D-on-3D, and multi-processing SoC (MPSoC) technologies introduced in Xilinx’s new 16nm UltraScale+™ portfolio of FPGAs, 3D ICs and MPSoCs, collectively delivering a generation ahead of value for next generation systems. This backgrounder describes the innovations introduced in the Kintex®, Virtex®, and Zynq® UltraScale+ families and how they address a broad broad range of next generation applications, including LTE Advanced and early 5G wireless, terabit wired communications, automotive ADAS, and industrial Internet-of-Things (IoT) applications.

Achieving Fast Formal Verification in Highly Configurable Design Environment

Sonics is a trusted leader in on-chip networks, which connect all components of a system. Since failure of an on-chip network leads to failure of the SoC, Sonics spends considerable time verifying its configurable IP. When Sonics began looking into formal verification, the company quickly turned to Cadence's JasperGold® verification apps. In this video, Drew Wingard, the company's co-founder and CTO, explains how the algorithms, as well as the packaging of those algorithms, made it easy for RTL developers to be productive quickly with formal verification, even in their highly configurable design environment.

Tips for Creating Effective Hybrid Virtual Prototypes

Creating a virtual prototype becomes more challenging when graphics cores are involved because they have different instruction sets than CPUs. Watch this video to hear Robert Kaye, technical specialist with the Development Solutions Group at ARM, share tips and techniques for creating hybrid virtual platforms with the Cadence® Palladium® XP platform and accelerated verification IP.

Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC Overview

Building on the industry’s first All Programmable SoC, Xilinx is enabling a generation ahead of integration and intelligence with unprecedented levels of heterogeneous multi-processing system on chip and delivering 5X system-level performance per watt. By combining the right engines for the right tasks, Zynq® UltraScale+™ MPSoC provides a flexible, scalable processing platform with the highest levels of security and safety.

Introducing the 16nm UltraScale+ Families

Xilinx’s 16nm UltraScale+™ family of FPGAs, 3D ICs and MPSoCs, combines new memory, 3D-on-3D and multi-processing SoC (MPSoC) technologies, delivering a generation ahead of value. The Xilinx UltraScale+ FPGA portfolio is comprised of Xilinx’s market leading Kintex® UltraScale+ FPGA and Virtex® UltraScale+ FPGA and 3D IC families, while the Zynq® UltraScale+ family includes the industry’s first all programmable MPSoCs. Optimized at the system level, UltraScale+ delivers value far beyond a traditional process node migration – providing 2–5X greater system level performance/watt over 28nm devices, far more systems integration and intelligence, and the highest level of security and safety.

USB Type-C Solutions

USB Type-C is coming, but how will you add it to your design? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Gordon Hands of Lattice Semiconductor about a great new flexible solution for USB Type-C. Your job may be easier than you think.

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.

Saving Routing Resources, Speeding Up Timing Closure at Freescale Semiconductor

Routing and timing closure were big challenges on the high-performance cores developed by Freescale Semiconductor. How did the engineers improve these processes? Watch this video to hear Nikhil Murgai, lead design engineer at Freescale Semiconductor, talk about how the team used Cadence® Encounter® digital implementation tools to save routing resources and speed up the timing closure process.

How Real Number Modeling Improves Functional Verification for Mixed-Signal SoCs

Functional verification is particularly challenging for mixed-signal SoCs. In this 3-minute video, Dushyant Juneja, a CAD engineer at Analog Devices, talks about early bug detection and more thorough functional verification of the company's mixed-signal and low-power designs. The company achieved this by applying advanced methodology based on real number modeling and simulation in Cadence® Incisive® Enterprise Simulator.

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.

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15Gb/s HMC Interface for UltraScale Devices

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Troubleshooting and Fast Fault Isolation with VTOS

Troubleshooting and quickly isolating faults is of tremendous value for reducing the time to redesign or repair failing boards. This process can cost a company millions of dollars each year. Supporting OMAP, Sitara, QorIQ, PowerQUICC and PowerPC, this paper describes how using an interpreter that allows the execution of a full test suite for verifying a design or an individual test for fault isolation can dramatically improve quality and reliability with Kozio’s Verification and Test OS (VTOS™). It describes how memory errors can be isolated to ECC (Error Control Coding), single-bit, row, column, and correlated to a part’s reference designator.

Analyzing and Debugging Performance Issues with Advanced ARM CoreLink System IP Components

Finding the optimal configuration options that meet the requirements of a particular system requires complementary design tools to enable the designer to rapidly explore and correlate trade-offs in performance, power, and area (PPA). This paper describes the challenges confronting the designer and proposes a new tool leveraging ARM and Cadence technology to overcome the challenges of today’s highly integrated, multi-processor system-on-chip (SoC) designs.

Unlock New Levels of Productivity for Your Design Using ISE Design Suite 12

In addition to the anticipated performance improvements commensurate with the production release of a Xilinx tool suite, the release of ISE v12 software unveils significant innovations with far-reaching potential. A new power-optimization capability called intelligent clock gating can reduce dynamic power by up to 30%. An innovation called design preservation vastly improves the user’s ability to achieve and maintain timing closure and design repeatability.

Addressing the "Power-Aware" Challenges of Memory Interface Designs

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SystemVision® Multi-discipline System Verification Datasheet

The SystemVision multi-discipline collaboration environment lets you explore concepts, validate performance specifications, investigate architectural partitions, and integrate implementation-level details, all in an easy-to-use virtual prototyping environment. Focus on a single design domain, or combine multiple domains, for full-system verification.

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.

A Review of BCDlite

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Enabling New Applications with NFC Connectivity and Energy Harvesting

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Virtex-6 FPGA Routing Optimization Design Techniques

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DO-254 Requirements Traceability with Spec-TRACER

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Gate-Level Simulation Methodology

It is critical that teams begin GLS as early in the design cycle as possible, that the simulator run in high-performance mode, and that a proven simulation methodology be in place. This white paper explores new simulator use models and methodologies that boost GLS productivity, including extraction via static timing analysis and linting. Using these approaches, designers can focus on verifying real gate-level issues rather than waste expensive simulation cycles on re-verifying working circuits.

Injecting Automation into Verification – Improved Throughput

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This white paper provides an overview of fixed- and floating-point DSP coding techniques, ranging from RTL to the Xilinx portfolio of IP and tools. It also describes advances with High-Level Synthesis (HLS) tools, like AutoPilot, how FPGA designs can benefit from coding in a “natural language” like C or C++, and how easily FPGAs can be programmed by a large community of software programmers.

Hierarchical Timing Analysis: Pros, Cons, and a New Approach

As digital semiconductor designs continue to grow, designers are looking to hierarchical methodologies to alleviate huge runtimes. This approach allows designers to select and time certain blocks of logic, generating results more quickly and with fewer memory resources. However, these benefits come at the cost of accuracy. This paper covers the pros and cons of different hierarchical analysis approaches, as well as options for avoiding the inherent tradeoffs to achieve efficiency and accuracy.

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Accelerating the development of smarter systems requires levels of automation that go beyond RTL-level design. With the introduction of the Vivado™ Design Suite 2013.1, Xilinx delivers a SoC-strength, IP- 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.

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.


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