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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Five Ways to Build Flexibility into Industrial Applications with FPGAs

System complexity continues to increase in industrial designs such as communications, motor control, I/O modules and image processing. Read how FPGAs offer the ability to integrate an entire SoC at a lower cost compared to discrete MCU, DSP, ASSP, or ASIC solutions. Whether used as a coprocessor or SoC, FPGAs offer the following advantages for your industrial applications: · Design integration to simplify and reduce cost · Reprogrammability to adapt industrial designs to evolving protocols · Performance scaling to meet your system requirements. · Obsolescence protection through long FPGA life cycles and device migration

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.

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.

Wireless Base Station ZUC Block Cipher Implementation on Zynq SoCs

The Xilinx Zynq®-7000 All Programmable SoC provides a flexible platform that offers programmability for evolving technologies like LTE and new standards including, but not limited to, the ZUC algorithm. This white paper illustrates the advantages of the Zynq SoC-based design methodology using the Vivado® Design Suite, which facilitates an optimal hardware/software partitioning of the system functionality for better performance.

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.

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%.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Signoff-Driven Timing Closure ECO in the Synopsys Galaxy Platform

Increasing design complexities and the rapidly increasing number of scenarios impede the timing closure process. ECO techniques that have good single-pass fix rates can reduce the number of iterations through the extraction, implementation, and final signoff loop for fastest timing closure.

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.

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.

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Smartphone and Tablet Accessory Design

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia Dalton talks to David Flowers from Microchip about creating tablet and smartphone accessories - and how it just may be easier than you think...

DO-254 Requirements Traceability with Spec-TRACER

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Louie de Luna about Aldec's new Spec-TRACER tool and how Spec-TRACER helps you navigate your way through your design flow - from beginning to end, from requirements to verification.

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!

Maximizing Battery Life with TI's Wolverine Technology

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Ryan Hoium (Texas Instruments) about about TI’s revolutionary Wolverine technology and a new series of ultra-low power MCUs that will change the way we think about batteries in our embedded designs.

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.

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

Low-Power Estimation & Verification With ZeBu

Power consumption is one of the key drivers in system design today, and it’s about time we had a way to estimate and verify the power used by our design. In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Lauro Rizzatti (Synopsys) about how to verify and estimate power consumption with the ZeBu emulator.

IP and Process Solutions for Energy-efficient PMICs

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Ravi Mahatme from ARM and King Ou from GLOBALFOUNDRIES about how IP and process solutions can help solve our power management problems.

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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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The Importance of IP at STMicroelectronics

Peter Hirt, IP Procurement & IP Partnership Manager at STMicroelectronics, details the role of IP in advanced node designs, IP provider requirements and Cadence's comprehensive IP portfolio.

Boosting System Performance with External Memory Solutions

Over 70% of designs on Altera® FPGAs require some type of external memory in the design, but the needs vary depending on the individual application. This white paper addresses all aspects of building external memory solutions with Altera FPGAs, including application needs, memory capabilities of Altera FPGAs, and device and IP selection. Also discussed is the modular style of the memory components, comprised of Altera’s controller and PHY offerings with circuit and calibration features.

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.

SmartFusion2 SoC FPGA – Dynamic Configuration of AHB Bus Matrix

SmartFusion®2 system-on-chip (SoC) field programmable gate array (FPGA) devices support advanced high performance bus (AHB) bus as a multi-layer AHB matrix. SmartFusion2 SoC FPGA devices AHB bus matrix has ten masters and seven direct slaves. This application note describes how to configure the weight values dynamically for the AHB bus matrix masters to access the AHB bus matrix slave using the weighted round-robin (WRR) arbitration. This application note also provides a reference design with two fabric masters connected to the FIC_0 and FIC_1 interfaces. The two fabric masters can access a single slave eSRAM1 using the WRR arbitration.

What is Design Security in a Mainstream SoC?

Do you worry about security in your FPGA design? Are there bad guys out there trying to take advantage of security holes in your electronic designs? What can we do to stop them? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia chats with Tim Morin (Microsemi) about the practical aspects of security in mainstream SoC FPGAs - what threats are out there and what we can all do to help keep the bad guys at bay.

Announcing ProtoCompiler for Multi-FPGA Prototyping

Prototyping Automation and Debug Software for HAPS FPGA-Based Prototyping Systems Improves Prototyping Performance

Driving Higher PV Inverter Efficiencies through a Customizable System-on-Chip

With increasing market demands for highly efficient and reliable PV systems, designers are facing many challenges. SoC platforms help designers to deal with such challenges by reducing many of the board-level parasitics and by allowing for more compact, low cost, low power solutions. Microsemi takes SoC to a new level by introducing the world's first customizable SoC. Microsemi's SmartFusion cSoC combines a flash FPGA core, a hard ARM Cortex-M3 processor and programmable analog to give integration of control, sensing and power management and communications functions into a single highly-efficient, low power device. All three components are programmable through the convenience of user friendly tools, enabling a rapid design cycle. Microsemi's SmartFusion cSoCs and other highly efficient PV conversion components provide PV designers with state-of-the-art technology needed to meet today's market demands.

Addressing Next-Generation Memory Requirements Using Altera FPGAs and HMC Technology

The white paper describes Altera(r) technology leadership in the serial memory interoperability space and describes the underlying hardware platform and controller architecture used to carry out a successful interoperability between Stratix(r) V FPGA and the HMC device. The document also includes real system-level examples where HMC solution provides an alternative solution to conventional memory-based solutions.

Single-Event Upsets (SEUs) and Medical Devices

Medical devices are not only susceptible to nature’s cosmic rays, but also must operate in radiation environments found in modern medical facilities. As evidence of these effects mounts, designers of medical devices must now also consider SEU susceptibility when choosing the technology that will form the basis for their products. This paper defines what the risks are and explains ways to mitigate and avoid these risks within programmable logic.

Design Made Easy With Mixed-Signal FPGAs and State of the Art Software Tools

This paper examines the evolution path for FPGAs with embedded processors, and the design tools that support them, and considers whether engineers need to evolve their techniques to accommodate the integrated silicon or whether they can continue to manage their boundaries at the silicon level instead of the board level. New techniques are available in the embedded mixed‐signal FPGA design flow, but do they smooth the adoption of a fully integrated device? Find out by reading the White Paper.

Introducing the Avnet TI OMAP/Spartan-6 FPGA Co-Processing Kit

FPGA-based co-processing is 15X faster than traditional processor/DSP systems. Conventional system design methods face stiff challenges to meet the requirements of today’s ultra-high performance applications. This video explains how the TI OMAP/Spartan-6 FPGA Co-Processing Kit delivers breakthrough system performance by integrating and optimizing the key strengths of high performance FPGAs, system control processing, and digital signal processing, all within one single environment.

ARM and Cadence Partner to Facilitate Mixed-Signal Designs

Keith Clarke, VP for Embedded Processors at ARM, talks about the importance of facilitating mixed-signal designs by partnering with companies such as Cadence, who can provide knowledge and expertise to the ecosystem.

See How Customizable Processors Can Help to Offload Your Apps Processor

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesday video, we take a little different approach and show you a fun and fast way to understand how Cadence® Tensilica® Xtensa® processors work, and how you can easily use them to offload your applications processor. After the video, learn more about Xtensa processors at http://bit.ly/1xZfYdP.

Support Multiple Industrial Ethernet Protocols With a Single FPGA

Need to support multiple Industrial Ethernet protocols in your factory or process automation system? This 10-minute video features three demos integrating motor control and Industrial Ethernet into a single FPGA. You'll learn how you can easily change protocols on the same FPGA platform and add any Industrial Ethernet communication to existing industrial equipment.

Integrated Power and System Management

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Shyam Chandra of Lattice Semiconductor about an integrated approach to system and power management that will lighten your design load, improve your overall system design, and probably lower your total cost at the same time.

MachXO2 Infomercial

This video spoof is on the lighter side of Lattice. If you haven’t seen this MachXO2 video yet, check it out. You might even chuckle a bit or at least learn a new way to keep warm and toasty in the lab.

Using Low Cost, Non-volatile PLDs in System Applications

The system market is comprised of applications in telecom infrastructure, computing, high end industrial and high end medical. Power supply sequencing, voltage and current monitoring, bus bridging, voltage level translation, interface control, and temperature measurement are typical board functions found in these applications. System designers are faced with continual pressure to meet their development schedules, and need to implement designs with minimal effort and risk while maintaining maximum flexibility. By using a programmable-based approach instead of several discrete devices or Application Specific Standard Products (ASSPs), designers can accelerate their time-to- market, address system cost and space reduction, and ensure a high level of product differentiation.

Are You Losing (Out On) Your Memory: Why Memory and Storage Have Reached Their Flashpoint

Mobile devices are the computers of this generation—yes Mr. Steve Jobs, we accept that we’re in the post-PC era! These devices, and the enterprise infrastructure that supports them, are all about content and access to that content. Efficiently managing data in and out of enterprise and consumer systems—the data centers, cloud applications, smart phones, and tablets—is a challenge and an opportunity. Memory and storage access to manage data affect the architecture, cost, and success of today’s systems.


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