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Xilinx at NAB 2014 | OmniTek Ultra 4K Tool Box

David Ackroyd, Business Development Director for OmniTek demonstrates an an Ultra 4K Tool Box that includes conversions from 4K to/from SD including quad 3G-SDI.

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.

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.

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

Security Aspects of Lattice Semiconductor iCE40 Mobile FPGA Devices

Product piracy is of strong concern to major companies around the world. R&D costs are very high for leading companies. Therefore, companies plan to recoup these R&D costs by sale of their proprietary products. If pirates are able to steal or copy the final design, or countermand the security systems of these proprietary products, the market will become flooded with low cost alternatives. As a final consequence, major companies will find themselves unable to recover their high development costs, and will lose valuable profits.

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.

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.

Accelerating Open Source Security Using OpenCL & Altera FPGAs

Today's FPGAs offer interesting potential for accelerating performance- and power-critical operations such as security algorithms. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Ryan Kenny of Altera about using FPGAs to accelerate open source security algorithms written in OpenCL.

Hardware in the Loop from the MATLAB/Simulink Environment

This white paper describes the tools, design flow, and verification of systems using Altera(r) FPGAs. It discusses the techniques of software simulation and hardware testing, and the challenges associated with them. This paper also describes the advantages of using the Hardware in the Loop (HIL) tool, which is part of Altera's software tools, to simplify software simulation and hardware testing in a variety of applications.

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.

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.

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!

EWIS Requirements: The Business Challenge

Without proper planning and the evolution of their business to efficiently deal with the EWIS mandates, companies could find themselves in a very costly situation. This paper investigates the issues surrounding EWIS compliance and methods to minimize both cost and potential program delays.

Get to Know 802.11a/c Wireless Analog Front End Solution

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesday video, Priyank Shukla discusses Cadence's wireless analog front end (AFE) solution for 802.11a/c.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Great Divide: Why Next-Generation FPGA Designs will be Hierarchical and Team-Based

This paper first considers the evolution of FPGAs and FPGA design. Next, the concepts of top-down and divide-and-conquer design flows are introduced. Also discussed are considerations and capabilities required to support true hierarchical team-based design along with content management and design reuse considerations.

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.

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.

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It's the Software, Silly! - Success with FPGA-based Prototyping

Software is becoming a larger and larger part of our system-on-chip (SoC) designs. It is critical that we be able to begin developing and debugging software as early as possible in the design cycle. But, the hardware part of today's complex designs takes months to stabilize. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Juergen Jaeger of Cadence about the tight relationship between software and emulation and how you can achieve success in your SoC design with a comprehensive emulation strategy.

Accelerated Design Productivity with the Kintex-7 FPGA Display Kit

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia gets into the guts of display technology with Aaron Behman of Xilinx. From the newest standards to the details of 4K2K, we will tell you how FPGAs are uniquely capable of meeting the extreme performance and power challenges posed by current and emerging video standards.

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.

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.

Getting Started Using Kintex-7 FPGAs for DSP

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Tom Hill of Xilinx about their new Kintex-7 DSP development kits that will finally get you onto the rocket-coaster of FPGA-powered DSP.

Why Do I Need a Customizable ARM-based SoC?

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Todd Koelling of Altera about what’s inside these new SoC FPGAs and how you can get started designing with them.

Hierarchical Design Flows: Design Preservation & Team Design

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD, Amelia chats with David Dye of Xilinx about how Hierarchical Design methodologies and Team Design can accelerate your next FPGA design and get those team members of yours working productively together. With these tools and techniques, two million logic elements won't seem like that much after all.

Design @ MachXO2 Speed

Just about every design needs one - that magic, do-anything part that can connect nearly any two things together and can aggregate all those messy, left-over functions on our board. Today's low density PLDs have remarkable capabilities at a tiny cost and power budget. In this episode of Chalk Talk HD Amelia Dalton chats with Steve Hossner (Lattice Semiconductor) about the amazing capabilities of Lattice’s latest low density PLD line, the MachXO2.

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Verification Made Easy with Memory Models

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesday video, Tom Hackett explains memory models and their role in verifying memory interfaces in today's SoCs. He'll explain the differences betweeen memory models and simulation VIP, and talk about how they can help make verification a little easier. Learn more about Cadence IP at

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.

Faster Wiring and Harness Design

Does your electrical design software just do the basics? Or does it take the complexities of today's designs out of the task and save you time and money? This short white paper outlines the top ten highlights of how new tools make wiring and harness design faster and better.

EWIS Requirements: The Business Challenge

Without proper planning and the evolution of their business to efficiently deal with the EWIS mandates, companies could find themselves in a very costly situation. This paper investigates the issues surrounding EWIS compliance and methods to minimize both cost and potential program delays.

EDS Design Tools for Electric Vehicles

This paper explores how challenges for electric vehicles from battery placement to electrical distribution to eliminating crosstalk between high- and low-level signals can be solved with advanced EDS software. Also see how design environments incorporate features for designer to address product plans and answer tomorrow's demand for fully electric vehicles.

Injecting Automation into Verification – Improved Throughput

This webinar will focus on the highest value tools and techniques for improving test stimulus, debug effectiveness and simulation throughput. One of the most common verification process improvement opportunities is being able to more easily create test cases, including leveraging standard bus interfaces like PCIe for stimulating your system. We will also describe common techniques for improving simulation performance.

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.

Defining Different Types of USB Controllers

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesday video, Jack Duda takes a closer look at different types of USB controllers and their roles in today's devices.

Get to Know 802.11a/c Wireless Analog Front End Solution

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesday video, Priyank Shukla discusses Cadence's wireless analog front end (AFE) solution for 802.11a/c.

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Using USB IP Controllers in Today's Devices

In this week's Whiteboard Wednesdays video, Jacek Duda follows up on his earlier video focused on USB performance and now takes a closer look at USB IP controllers and their roles in today's devices.

Preparing for Google TV

Google and partners recently announced Google TV—an open, architecture-neutral platform that will bring the full web experience to television viewing. Given the fact that MIPS licensees lead in the digital home today, it is likely that there will be a large number of future Google TV systems based on the MIPS architecture. Leveraging our work with Android and our ongoing relationship with Google, MIPS is in an excellent position to work with our licensees as Google TV moves beyond initial reference platforms and into mainstream development within the digital home market. By designing your SoC to the right specifications now, you can be ahead of the market when the Google TV code is available in open source in 2011. In this paper, we will provide you with an in-depth description of hardware requirements and recommendations for developing an SoC that will support the Google TV operating system!

Designing with Vivado IP Integrator

Learn how Vivado® IP Integrator can be used to rapidly connect a Zynq® processor to the programmable fabric. Using built in board aware design rule checks and designer automation, Vivado can greatly improve user productivity.

Jump-Start Software Development with the SoC FPGA Virtual Target

Want to get a head start on developing software for Altera® SoC FPGA applications? Virtual prototyping tools are now available for SoC FPGA devices, enabling you to work more productively, improve your software quality, and ultimately, get to market faster. The Altera SoC FPGA Virtual Target lets you begin your software development now.

A Flexible Solution for Industrial Ethernet

This white paper describes the use of FPGAs to deliver a multi-standard Industrial Ethernet capability from a single printed circuit board implementation. The benefits of FPGA implementation are described and an overview of the FPGA development flow, tools, and technology used to create a universal but easy to maintain solution is given. Since its conception by Xerox in the 1970s and standardization as IEEE 802.3 in 1983, Ethernet has become the de facto standard for computer communication.

Developing Functional Safety Systems with TÜV-Qualified FPGAs

Market trends, the need for increased productivity, and new legislation have accelerated the use of safety systems in industrial machinery. This TÜV-qualified FPGA design methodology is changing the paradigms of safety designs and will greatly reduce development effort, system complexity, and time to market. This allows FPGA users to design their own customized safety controllers and provides a significant competitive advantage over traditional microcontroller or ASIC-based designs.

Xilinx DSP Targeted Design Platforms Deliver Performance, Price, Power, and Productivity

Digital signal processing (DSP) design starts have surpassed every other segment of the processing arena. Consequently, the demand for differentiated value in every aspect of DSP design has never been higher, increasing pressure on the teams tasked to build winning designs in record time. Xilinx conceived the Targeted Design Platform to address this challenge—the necessity to do more with less, to remove risk wherever possible, and to differentiate in order to excel.

Transferring High-Speed Data over Long Distances with Combined FPGA and Multichannel Optical Modules

Today’s copper-based high-speed serial interfaces can deliver data at multi-gigabit rates. Data transfer rates exceeding 100 Gbps are possible by using multiple lanes in parallel, but are limited in the distance they can travel. One approach that improves the distance is to use optical interconnects rather than copper. Altera Corporation and Avago Technologies Inc. have jointly developed a solution that combines an FPGA and optical transmitter and receiver modules into a single integrated solution that can replace copper interconnects and multiple card-edge optical transceivers.

MachXO PLDs in System Control Designs

Introduction Temperature measurement, current monitoring, power supply sequencing, fan control and fault logging are typical board control functions used in complex circuit designs. System designers are faced with continual pressure to meet their development schedules, and need to implement control functions with minimal effort and risk while maintaining maximum flexibility.

Implementing a Cost-Effective Human-Machine Interface for Home Appliances

Traditionally, HMIs for home appliances have been composed of mechanical devices such as buttons and knobs, coupled with display indicators such as LEDs and VFDs. Today there is a massive transformation occurring throughout the home appliance and consumer device markets. As the cost of LCDs drops due to the proliferation of the technology in consumer devices, LCDs with highly interactive GUIs are being deployed as a cost-effective replacement for the HMIs currently found on most home appliances.

IGLOO FPGA Product Brochure

Microsemi’s IGLOO®2 FPGAs offer best-in-class feature integration coupled with the lowest power, highest reliability and most advanced security in the industry. The device’s high level of integration provides the lowest total system cost versus competitive FPGAs while improving reliability, significantly reducing power and providing unparalleled security.

A Generation Ahead for Smarter Systems: 9 Reasons why the Xilinx Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC Platform is the Smartest Solution

The Xilinx Zynq™-7000 All Programmable SoC is the ideal platform to infuse intelligence into today’s embedded systems. It is All Programmable, meaning that not only can one add systems intelligence through software, but additional data processing and decisions can be executed in real time with programmable hardware and system interfaces can be optimized and evolved through programmable I/O.

Introduction to the Xilinx Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC Model-Based Design Workflow

This video provides an introduction to the MathWorks® guided workflow for Zynq®-7000 All Programmable SoCs. A simple example is used to demonstrate the design methodology for targeting HW and SW to a Zynq development platform.

Analog Devices—Cadence VIP to Handle Transactions on APB and AXI Interface

Rohit Pandharipande, Design Engineer at Analog Devices, details working with Cadence migrating from VMM to the UVM-compliant Cadence(r) Verification IP (VIP) to verify a Dynamic Memory Controller.

What Is VIP?

Watch this week's episode to hear Tom Hackett, product director at Cadence, talk about the important role that VIP plays in the verification process. Tom details how VIP provides known good designs and stress testing for all interfaces and memory components, helping you to develop bug-free chips.

Meeting the Low Power Imperative at 28nm (REVISED)

This white paper describes how Altera’s 28nm devices enable product developers to control power consumption in today’s increasingly power sensitive applications.

Actel SmartFusion: Intelligent, Innovative Integration

Actel SmartFusion™ Intelligent Mixed Signal FPGAs – Innovative, Intelligent, Integration. Introducing the only device that integrates a flash FPGA, hard ARM® Cortex™-M3-based microcontroller subsystem (MSS) and programmable analog into a complete, integrated solution. Don’t compromise your embedded design. Build the system you want, with all the features you need, on a single-chip solution. Read the White Paper to learn more.

Leveraging MIPI D-PHY-based Peripherals in Embedded Designs

Embedded systems designers face an ongoing dilemma. On the one hand they need to drive down systems costs. On the other they cannot exploit manufacturing economies of scale because their systems are targeted at relatively narrow, low volume applications. While high volume consumer markets offer components capable of performing similar tasks at much lower cost, embedded designers are restricted from taking advantage of those components by their systems’ reliance on highly specialized, legacy interfaces optimized for the embedded environment.

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